I remember vividly that freezing cold day in 1991 when I went to the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.  It was more than the cold that sent shivers down my spine.  There was no-one else there.  Just us.  We were so small next to that massive geological formation.  I thought I would never see anything like it again, especially not in my own country.

Smaller in scale, but just as awe-inpiring.  In Gamilaroi Country.


Formed 21 million years ago from an exploding volcano, the molten rock and basalt lava cooled slowly and evenly, forming perfect hexagonal columnar jointing.

I could have stayed there all day and just gazed at it.


We also saw a legless lizard so, as you can imagine, I just floated back to my car.

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There is another example of columnar jointing in Australia, so I suspect one day I will be bound for South Australia.

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    1. Very accessible. 40km from a main interstate highway. Unless touring and have time, most people wouldn’t stop. There is no water or playground there, and just a smelly drop toilet. It was the end of autumn when we stopped and it was exceedingly hot.


  1. Spectacular and I have never heard of Gamilaroi county I will have to google it. Burleigh heads is made up of those formations, but no were near as spectacular. And at Fingal, a beach south of here, there is a much smaller formation also called Giants Causeway

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    1. A good reason for me to visit Burleigh, Pauline. 🙂 I’ve also corrected myself. In reference to the Giants Causeway I said Northern Island not Northern Ireland. I’m completely losing it. 🙂

      Just look up Sawn Rocks. I didn’t want to mention the name of the nearby town, lest I launch into another rant.


  2. What nature do always drop my jaw, the hexagonal formed rocks shaped even equal. Thank you for sharing the photos Tracy, I have to add it into my holiday list (well, its already quite long..) 🙂

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  3. The similarities between the Giant’s Causeway and your find are quite striking, Tracy. Must have been a bit like being in an open air cathedral.

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