May 12, 2018 | BANNISTERS What you can expect from the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk
Take a walk back in time, 270 million years or so, with the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk – a fascinating glimpse into the history of the local area.
Named Best Tourist Attraction on the South Coast in 2016, the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk is a two and a half hour amble around beautiful Ulladulla Harbour’s rock platforms. You’ll begin by learning how to recognize the fossils you’ll encounter before embarking on a guided tour, led by an enthusiastic local volunteer well versed in all things geological.
So what exactly is the Gondwana Coast, and why is it so important?
The Gondwana Coast is a section of Australian coastline that once formed part of the ancient supercontinent Gondwana. Early in the Permian Period, we’re talking 269 – 295 million years ago, sea levels rose and began to cover the coast of Gondwana. This caused the biggest mass extinction of life, a whopping 95% of all marine species were lost.
The fossils you’ll come across during the Gondwana Coast Fossil Walk are incredible records of this time and the extinct species. So well preserved are the fossils found around Ulladulla Harbour that they have been recognised by palaeontologists as ‘world class’.
A time table of scheduled walks can be found at www.gondwanacoastfossilwalk.com.au and bookings can be made through the Ulladulla Visitor’s Centre (02) 44448819
Still want more fossils? Plan a visit to the Fossil Display Centre. Easily found in Green Street, the heart of Ulladulla, the Display Centre showcases incredible fossils found locally as well as an interesting range from around the world. Open Mon-Sat. 10am – 3pm.
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