16 April 2022

Australia Rock lookout in Narooma closed due to rockslide

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Narooma’s Australia Rock

The viewing area at Narooma’s Australia Rock has been closed following a rockslide. Photo: Eurobodalla Council.

The viewing platform at Narooma’s popular tourist attraction Australia Rock has been closed due to a rockslide.

A section under the platform collapsed after the recent wet weather drenched the coast and on Tuesday (12 April) Eurobodalla Shire Council fenced off the site.

A council spokesperson said an urgent geo-tech review of the site was being arranged.

“This review will also include Australia Rock itself, which appears to have experienced some smaller rockfalls as well,” they said.

“Visitors to the rock can continue to view it from afar but should not go near it for their own safety.”

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Australia Rock, which is at the end of Bar Rock Road on the southern side of the Narooma bar, is a popular photo opportunity due to its resemblance to the shape of Australia – minus Tasmania.

Visit NSW said there are various explanations for how the rock formed to look this way, including that it resulted from thousands of years of erosion.

But it said another theory is that the hole was created inadvertently when a ship was moored there with large chains and the chains wore away the rock to create the shape of Australia.

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