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Maslin Beach and Port Willunga: Sediments, fossils & unconformity

Sunday 24th September

Leaders: Kym Dixon and Mike Burrell
Contact: Kym Dixon at kymdixon1@bigpond.com

The excursion will start and finish at Pt Willunga. More details will be emailed to participants
closer to the time.

Maslin Beach Pt Willunga beaches are regarded as some of the finest beaches in our state.
They also show very clearly a nice sequence of Tertiary sedimentary formations laid down in
the Willunga embayment. Because the rocks are gently dipping we will encounter each
formation in turn as we walk along the beach. We will see clear evidence of the gradual uplift of
the area in Eocene times. Several of the formations contain a variety of fossils that can be
easily seen in the rocks that have fallen from the cliff face. In addition, there is an unconformity
in the top section of the cliff face.

This excursion will provide a perfect teaching aid to many fundamental sedimentary concepts.
This beach was Australia’s official nudist beach - declared in 1975. The few nudists who could
be there should not be a problem for us  - they tend to retreat into the caves when they see
clothed people approaching.

The excursion will involve about a leisurely 3 km walk on firm sand. If you have a geological
hammer - bring it because it is permissible to forage for fossils in the fallen rocks. A hand lens
and plastic collection bags will also be useful. Toilets are located in the car park area. We
anticipate finishing back at the Pt Willunga car park at about 3 pm.

Bring lunch, there are no cafes at the beach. We will eat our lunch somewhere along the walk.
Watch the weather forecast and dress appropriately to the conditions.
Note: don’t bring your bathers!

Please sign the form at the September meeting if you wish to come on the excursion.
Alternatively, contact myself or Mike Burrell. Your name and phone (mobile) contact will be
required. I will email participants a set of background notes, plus I will have a few spare
hardcopies on the day.


This 6-day, 5-night excursion is in the planning stage, and we are asking members to register their interest in attending.

The Grampians are a spectacular area offering picturesque panoramas, abundant wildlife, native vegetation, and of course very interesting geology.

They are also a popular holiday destination, especially during Covid times and hence accommodation for a large group is difficult to secure, unless we make a group booking early.

We intend to stay at the Lake Fyans Holiday Park which has a variety of cabins and powered and unpowered camping sites. I particularly need to know how many cabins we need to prebook for the club at least six months beforehand (April 2023). You can visit Lake Fyans Holiday Park at :
Also, we may hire a mini bus for those who need transport if we can find a volunteer(s) to be the driver, who will travel free as an incentive.

So, if you are interested in attending this excursion, please email me. wpbriggs2@gmail.com indicating your accommodation and transport preference. More information will be provided in coming Bulletins.
Peter Briggs.