The Outdorian Magazine - Page 18



B
en Boyd is a chunk of Australia’s coastline unlike the
rest. Yes, I know that’s not exactly an original claim
but if there’s anywhere truly qualified to be labelled
as unique, it’s here. It stretches both to the north and
south of the idyllic town of Eden and, along with Nadgee
Nature Reserve, preserves the only coastal wilderness area
remaining in NSW.
This is largely due to the area’s spectacular rock formations.
Most impressive are the vibrant red shelves of conglomerate
rock set against the azure water. There’s some old
geological history involved here, with the red stone a result
of the oxygen created by the ancient Gondwanan forests
that once grew here. The large amount of oxygen in turn
created excessive amounts of iron oxide, which stained the
sediments red. Over 400 million years these layers of shales,
sandstones, siltstones and qaurtzites were formed by the
earth, folded, twisted and curved into the shapes they are
frozen in today.
These beautiful formations of geological architecture
can be found throughout the area. Platforms of red and
black stone, piled high with serrated chunks of rock and
weatherworn boulders, most splattered with vibrant
carpets of orange lichen.
OUTDORIAN MAGAZINE ISSUE THREE

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