A collection of rocks from Western Australia

[in preparation]

Western Australia has some peculiar, unique and amazing rocks. This post is to highlight a selection of some of the stand-out ones I have had the fortune to encounter over the last 7 years of travelling and geologising.

1. The Jack Hills area — The world's oldest mineral / Australia's oldest rock

2. Oxide horizons from Coobina, Windimurra

3. Murchison Mineral Field banded iron formation

4. Micas of the Murchison, including the Orbicular Granite

5. The Archean Komatiites and basalts

6. Alteration, exhumation and oxidation — Painted Rocks


Western Australia's South Coast: An itinerary of forays to the best of the headlands and bays

Stats: 900 km east to west, 3500 km roundtrip, February ocean ~22°C at coast, ave air temp. 25°C, end of school holidays but still peak season.
Day 1: Perth-Esperance (via Peak Charles)
Day 2: Esperance coast
Day 3: Esperance-Cape Arid (via Cape Le Grande)
Day 4: Cape Arid coast
Day 5: Cape Arid-Orleans Bay
Day 6: Orleans Bay coast
Day 7: Orleans Bay-Esperance
Day 8: Esperance-E. Fitzgerald (via Hopetoun)
Day 9: E. Fitzgerald-W. Fitzgerald
Day 10: W. Fitzgerald-Albany (via Bremer Bay and Two Peoples Bay)
Day 11: Albany-Margaret River (via Denmark)
Day 12: Margaret River-Yallingup (via Boranup Forest and beach)
Day 13: Margaret Rivermouth and coast
Day 14: Geographe Bay and Cape Naturaliste
Day 15: Yallingup-Perth