7 quirky Australian rock formations that will blow your mind

Sun-soaked cliff face with pattern carved into rock surrounded by trees

Sawn Rocks, Mount Kaputar National Park, New South Wales. 

Credit: Mike Newling/Destination NSW.

When it comes to funky formations, Australia rocks. This country is full of big, bizarre, and baffling natural wonders that make for enthralling viewing and incredible photos.

Whether craning your neck to marvel at a towering creation or scratching your head at how the earth has carved out such a formation, Australia’s great rock collection makes for excellent exploration.

We’re shining the light on seven unusual rock formations that you must see for yourself. Don’t forget the camera...

1. Sawn Rocks

The detailed nature of Sawn Rocks ensures this New South Wales attraction is mesmerising. Spotted in Mount Kaputar National Park in the New England North West region, Sawn Rocks is a superb example of rock formations that fall into the ‘organ piping’ category. The basalt columns resemble a wall of massive organ pipes and are a result of past volcanic activity.

Photographers should note that post-midday is the optimum time to snap away at Sawn Rocks: it’s then that the sun cloaks this imposing cliff face.

Multiple orange rock pillars under a starry purple sky in the desert.

Murphy's Haystacks, Eyre Peninsula, South Australia.

2. Murphy’s Haystacks

If you’re planning on driving along the Nullarbor or exploring South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula, a stop at Murphy’s Haystacks is essential.

Found about 1.5 hours southeast of Ceduna, these colourful, imposing pillars are most intriguing. Murphy’s Haystacks are estimated to be older than 1500 million years, and over time the wind has worn these pillars into some mind-boggling shapes.

3. Wave Rock

The services of creative geniuses weren’t required when it came time to name this next formation: Wave Rock, quite simply, is a rock carved in the shape of a giant surf wave.

While simple in name, Wave Rock isn’t simplistic in nature. It’s taken years and years of weathering and erosion to create this 15m-high, 110m-long granite cliff, and it makes for an amazing and unique sight. Wave Rock is located near Hyden, less than four hours east of Perth.

Large cliff face carved into a wave shape surrounded by trees.

Wave Rock, near Hyden.

4. The Pinnacles

The Western Australian landscape teems with captivating creations, and among its leading natural wonders is The Pinnacles rock formation.

The Pinnacles consists of thousands of huge limestone pillars that protrude from desert sands, and a stroll around this area instantly generates a feeling that you’re on another planet. There are literally thousands of these pillars to view, some reaching upwards of 3m in height.

The Pinnacles is found in Nambung National Park, a 50-minute drive north of Ledge Point Holiday Park.

Hundreds of rocks protrude from the bright orange sand desert under a blue sky.

The Pinnacles, Nambung National Park, Western Australia.

5. Karlu Karlu/Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve

The bewildering boulders of Karlu Karlu form one of the most iconic rock collections in Australia.

These granite boulders – bigger than the sparkling rocks found on the finger of your average WAG – grab endless attention for the way in which several of them are precariously positioned.

Witness rocks so delicately balanced they appear as if they could be pushed over (cue cheesy photo op). For the serious photographer, sunrise and sunset are ideal times to shoot.

Two large boulders balanced precariously on a rocky base under a blue sky.

Karlu Karlu, Devils Marbles Conservation Reserve, Northern Territory.

6. The Tessellated Pavement

The Tessellated Pavement isn’t going to blow you away for its size; rather it commands attention for its impressive intricacy.

This Tasmanian attraction has benefited from various geological events to present a tiled-like appearance that allows you to capture fascinating images. The Tessellated Pavement is one of many peculiar rock formations on the Tasman Peninsula.

The sun sets over a series of intricate grooves filled with water and moss in a flat expanse of rock.

Tessellated Pavement, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania. 

Credit: Tourism Tasmania/Lee Henley.

7. Girraween National Park

Strange rock formations are scattered throughout Girraween National Park in Queensland’s Toowoomba and Golden West region.

Witness another assortment of perilous-looking granite boulders, with catchy names such as the Sphinx and Turtle Rock. Visit Girraween National Park in spring for an even better viewing experience – it’s then that glorious wildflowers carpet the landscape.

A boulder balances at the edge of a rocky cliff face overlooking a forest.

Girraween National Park, Queensland. 

Credit: Tourism Australia.

What do you think of our list? Have we overlooked an odd rock formation that deserves some attention? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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