About Geotrails

Geotrails provide a unique tourism experience by guiding visitors on a journey that is focused on the local geology. They are designed to promote an understanding of earth sciences by enabling people to explore the natural environment and learn about its diversity.

Geotrails may feature walking tracks and driving routes, lookouts, points of interest, visitor centres and supporting information to encourage learning and an appreciation of our environment.

Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail

The new Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail is a 4 km walk along the coast from Shelly Beach to Rocky Beach that tells the story of plate tectonics and how Earth’s crust was formed.

The geotrail features rocks formed by volcanoes, microscopic marine animals, ocean currents, and extreme temperatures and pressures, 100 km below Earth’s surface.

The Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail provides a unique scientific recreational experience for the local community, including school groups, and for visitors to the Port Macquarie–Hastings region.

The geotrail is a collaborative project led by the University of Newcastle into which the Department of Planning and Environment’s Geological Survey of NSW (GSNSW) and the National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) have had significant input.

It will be officially opened at ceremony held at the site on Wednesday 2 May 2018. If you are interested in attending this ceremony please email your details to events@planning.nsw.gov.au.

Picture of the coastline at Rocky Beach courtesy of Port Macquarie-Hastings Council.

Become a field geologist for a day

GSNSW has developed several materials to support onsite learning and supplement signage along the geotrail.

NSW GeoTours app

The NSW GeoTours app provides the public with a free self-guided tour that can be pre-loaded onto mobile phones or tablets, with key sites geotagged stop-by-stop along a geotrail using the device’s inbuilt GPS.

Access the Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail tour by downloading the NSWGeoTours app (Android and Apple).

Geotrail brochure

A brochure including a map of the geotrail tells the story of how the area was formed and highlights the geology along the way, so visitors can identify various rock formations and learn how they came to be formed.

The brochure is available for download or is free at the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre, 159 Pacific Drive, Port Macquarie.

Accessibility

The Port Macquarie Coastal Geotrail is accessible by foot or by vehicle.

You can travel in the same direction as the oceanic plate was moving, from Shelly Beach and Sea Acres to Rocky Beach and Town Beach, or you can do the reverse.

Alternatively, you can drive to key stops that are accessible from nearby carparks, or use public transport to the Sea Acres Rainforest Centre.

Further information

Port Macquarie–Hastings Council

Geological Society of Australia