Western Australia’s geology and landscapes can be explored via geotrails available as books, virtual tours, an app for your phone or tablet, and pamphlets. These self-guided drives or walks allow visitors the freedom to explore at their own pace, fitting a geotrail into any travel itinerary.
Geotourism is tourism focused on geology and landscape for the purpose of providing visitor engagement, learning, and enjoyment. The geotourism products shown offer an insight into popular geological topics and localities for Western Australia. Anyone from fossickers, prospectors and students to tourists and travellers — with or without an interest in geology — can learn more about the landscape and natural environment they are visiting or travelling through.
How can GSWA help?
- GSWA is the custodian of a wealth of geological knowledge that can be used to offer another dimension to tourism products, such as brochures, booklets, mobile apps, or on-site signage. We can provide the most up-to-date geological information for an area or verify your content.
- We collaborate with and support other government agencies in their work on geotourism, and can contribute to publication development of specific products (e.g. maps, pamphlets, flyers).
- We maintain a register of geoheritage sites and reserves in Western Australia that must be considered in the development of geotourism attractions. This can be viewed in GeoVIEW.WA (select Special Category Lands > Geoheritage Sites) or downloaded from the Data and Software Centre.
Please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information on how to work with us on geotourism projects.
- GSWA virtual tours Interactive virtual tours explore the geology and landscapes of Western Australia.
- The geology of Shark Bay The natural attributes of the area are of major international importance, hence its designation as a World Heritage Area.
- Devonian reef complexes The Devonian reef complexes of the Canning Basin form a spectacular belt of rugged limestone ranges that extend for some 350 kilometres.
- Gemstones of Western Australia second edition This book is an in-depth resource on gemstones and decorative stones extracted in the State and used in jewellery and ornamental sculpture.
- Geology and landforms of the Perth region The Perth region has coastal landscapes, river-valley landscapes, and forested hilly landscapes that reflect the diverse geology beneath.
- Geology of the Kennedy Range area This spectacular escarpment soars to 100 m
- Understanding the Meckering earthquake One of the most famous earthquakes in the history of WA is described in the broader historical and tectonic context
- Geology of Rottnest Island The geology of Rottnest Island tells a visible story of changes in sea-level and the coastal environment over the past ~150 000 years.
- Meteorite impacts and craters Read about some of Western Australian most famous meteorite impact structures and craters.
- Geotrails Take a pamphlet, map or book, or download the app, to explore self-guided walking and driving geotrails throughout Western Australia.
- WA unearthed Under the banner of WA unearthed, GSWA is publishing a compilation of Western Australia’s geology in a new format.
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