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The North Terrace Geological Trail
(See also below, details of September trip to Flinders Ranges)


Date: Half day excursion, Sunday 28th July, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Leader: Barry Cooper (University of South Australia)

Contact: Frances Williams frances.williams@adelaide.edu.au ; mob 0403 153 726

Members’ health and safety responsibilities for field excursions
Members must supply and carry their own first aid kit and take normal precautions for the weather and terrain.  (i.e. footwear, hat, sunscreen, drink, walking aids.)
Members should carry a mobile phone and supply the trip organizer with the number.
Members must inform the trip organizer of existing medical conditions and if appropriate, the treatment if symptoms arise during the trip.
The trip organizer will call for an ambulance if the organizer considers it is warranted.  Ambulance evacuation is expensive so members are recommended to have provision for some form of ambulance cover.
Excursion details
This excursion commences at 2.00pm adjacent the steps of State Parliament House and involves walking eastwards on the northern side of North Terrace, with diversions along Kintore Avenue and into the Art Gallery of South Australia, until the Mawson Monument is reached opposite the Pulteney Street / North Terrace intersection. This short walk reveals the rich diversity of South Australian building stone, and natural stone use generally, in numerous applications, historic and modern.
     During the walk you will see the three common rock types: igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic. You will also see granite and sandstone of different colours and finishes, as well as basalt, gabbro/norite, limestone and phyllite. These diverse rock types have been used in construction in South Australia over the past 170 years. Today they also provide the student of geology with a valuable teaching laboratory that is arguably superior to natural outcrop.
     Overall South Australia is rich in building stone. Given the State’s historic lack of timber for construction, and even for fuelling brick kilns, building stone has been used more extensively here than in any other Australian State. From 1856–1923, South Australian legislation explicitly discouraged the use of inflammable building material in construction, thus encouraging natural stone use.
     The stops on this excursion do not include every example of natural stone utilised in this city precinct. However they do provide an excellent representative sample of South Australian building stone, coupled with examples of stones that have been imported from interstate and overseas.
     The trip will conclude at about 4.00pm. Afterwards participants may wish to take refreshment together at a nearby venue TBA.
     A brochure describing this excursion is also freely available on the internet by clicking on the below link:

Link to brochure

You are strongly advised to download it and bring it with you on the excursion.
Please sign the list at the July General Meeting, or contact Frances Williams, if you wish to join the excursion (frances.williams@adelaide.edu.au ; mob 0403 153 726)
Barry Cooper
Note that at 4th July there were two seats still available on the minibus that will be hired for the Flinders Ranges excursion.  An added advantage of taking the minibus is that accommodation is also assured.  Unless you are camping, accommodation is in short supply and often fully booked. If you are interested see Peter Briggs' contact email below.
The basic logistics on this excursion have been done and we now need you to respond as soon as possible if you are interested.

The trip is in four stages. You don’t have to do all four stages although most members I expect will. Most importantly this is a self- drive trip and starts at the first location and finishes at the last location in the Flinders Ranges. How and when you travel to and from the Flinders is your choice. We haven’t planned for the bus because it would restrict where we could go and not get a lot of use once we are at locations. We would urge members to share travel arrangements so those who don’t have transport can still go. You can take your own camper/caravan/tent as well. A group might want to hire a minibus? You only need a normal car licence to drive one of these.

Pichi Richi Park. Aug 24/25/26.

Here we will spend time looking at the local Geology, doing a geological field mapping exercise/ or sketching (choice), visiting Quorn, and doing the Pitchi Richi Railway trip (approx $65 pp) Accommodation - Pichi Richi Park has shared cabin accom and can also cater for us (breakfast/dinner) at a cost of $75-80 per person per day. Bring your own linen/ towels or pay extra $18. Shared Male/female Block amenties, no ensuite. If this doesn’t suit then you can organise B&B accom in Quorn (15 mins away). Campers also catered for. For more info click on this link www.pichirichipark.com.au

Travel to Rawnsley Park, just south of Wilpena Pound, via Hawker, Aug 27/28/29.

From here we will travel to Bunyeroo Gorge and Brachina Gorge to do some walking on the geological trails . Accommodation: Caravan Park Cabin accom, one Db bed &two sets of bunks ( sleeps 5-6) per cabin, bring your own linen, has cooking facilities but no ensuite. Male/Female block ammenties nearby, $30 per person per night. If this doesn’t suit then there are fully self contained Holiday cabins in a different location that can sleep 4-8 , depending if you want to share a double bed.. These vary in price but will cost you approx $60-$70 per person per night, BUT YOU WILL HAVE TO BOOK THESE YOURSELF. Campers in the Caravan Park. The Woolshed Restaurant can provide an evening meal package ($20 -30), but you will have to provide your own breakfast and lunch. For more info click on this link: www.rawnsleypark.com.au

Angorichina Village, Parachilna Gorge, via Blinman Aug 30/31.

In this area we will do the Blinman Mine tour ($27.50/$20 conc pp) and look at the Blinman Diapir in various locations, plus explore Parachilna Gorge. Accommodation: Bunkhouse accomm where you have to bring your own bedding! Again, Male/Female Block facilities next door, no ensuite, $25 per person, per night. If doesn’t suit then you can hire out the fully self contained cabins for about $50-$60 per person, per night, BUT YOU HAVE TO BOOK THESE YOURSELF. Or you can hire out some of the cottages in Blinman. They can also do an evening meal package at the Blinman Pub (20 mins away), but breakfast and lunch is your responsibility. Campers also included in caravan park. For more info click on this link: www.angorichinavillage.com.au

Nilpena Station Tour Sept 1st

A tour of the cattle station and you can see where the Ediacra fossils were first discovered by Reg Sprigg. This costs $135 or $165 (with lunch), morning start from the Parachilna Pub and includes morning tea,( max 15 persons). If you not interested in this tour then you can make your way back to Adelaide. For more info click on this link: www.prairiehotel.com.au This ends the excursion.

Overall Approx Cost: $600 pp - cabin/bunkhouse accom + set dinners , 3 breakfasts. Doesn’t include Tours or Travel


Please download the following Flinders Expresssion of Interest file (a .doc file) and complete the details and email as an attachment to wpbriggs2@gmail.com

Click Here To Download Flinders Expresssion of Interest File