Heading west from Bingara you can view spectacular volcanic landforms from twenty million years ago.
This geological wonder should not be missed!
A vast amount of weathering and erosion has occurred over the years, so the original glacial landscape features have been changed by the subsequent flow of water. The Glacial Area is an excellent place to picnic and cool off in summer.
Further west along the same road is another fine example of geological wonder. Sawn Rocks, situated on the western edge of Mount Kaputar National Park, is well worth a visit.
These organ pipe like rock formations, formed during a volcanic upheaval millions of years ago, hang like sentries over a lovely creek.
Gas barbecues, picnic tables and toilets are also available here.
Road upgrading in 2005 about 1km west of Bingara exposed an amazing section of approximately 340 million year old bedrocks that make up the Bingara Range. These rocks were laid down as marine sediments during the mid to late Palaeozoic period.
Of special interest are the complex folds and faults (buckling and dislocation) produced by several periods of coastal instability. The latest faulting occurred some twenty million years ago between volcanic eruptions that helped build the Bingara Range.
The area is still unstable and occasional earth tremors occur. These mostly occur along the massive Peel Fault that bounds the granite country to the east from folded sedimentary rocks to the west.
The Bingara Tourist Office has an excellent brochure detailing the Geological Drives which are part of the Fossickers Way.
You can also visit Bob & Nancy Brown's Geotourism website which details two separate tours. It provides excellent information and maps, as well as files which can be viewed using Goodle Earth.
In a recent expedition to a new quarry site, a rare find was unearthed, a beautiful, large Leptophloeum sample with a trilobite attached. The sample is unique, and according to the UNE palaeontologist is the most northern example of a Late Devonian trilobite ever found. Further exploratory work has to be done but it id hoped where there is one trilobite, there's more. Click Here for further information on this exciting find.
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