Western Tasmania has an exceptionally rich and diverse range of geological features in a small area, including folded and glaciated mountain ranges, ancient volcanoes, world class ore bodies, rare minerals, and ancient fossils. Here, the handiwork of the massive forces and landscape-forming processes of the "Living Earth" are evident in nearly every view. Rocks from all the major geological periods of Earth history are found here, and the region contains Australia's best examples of glaciated landscapes.
This GeoTrail provides information to enable you to understand and appreciate the geological processes which formed the rocks at each site, and the landscapes which can be seen. Each site has a roadside sign, either a large sign with information and explanations or a small sign with the relevant QR Code for the Living Earth website which has general and detailed information on all the sites.
The West Coast GeoTrail was developed through the cooperative efforts of Mineral Resources Tasmania, Department of State Growth, the West Coast Council and local volunteers.
For more detailed information about the West Coast GeoTrail please visit www.thelivingearth.com.au.
Mt Lyell and the West Lyell Open cut Mine from the Spion Kop Lookout, Queenstown