Post-Conference excursion - Cenozic of Lake Eyre Basin


Dr Aaron Camens (Flinders University, Adelaide)
Prof Rod Wells (Flinders University, Adelaide)


A post-conference field excursion to the Cenozoic fossil and general geological sites in the arid Lake Eyre Basin has been organised, returning via Flinders Ranges National Park and Burra. This excursion will be eight days in duration: 1623 July. Accommodation in Adelaide the night of 23 July is not included.

Cost is A$1450, which will entitle participants to transport ex Adelaide, field guide, all accommodation, and most meals & drinks (incl. some alcohol): the trip is fully catered except for the last night, where participants will need to pay their own meals at the Burra Hotel.

Note that most accommodation will be camping style. Camping gear is provided, but participants can bring their own camping gear. Some nights the temperature may drop below zero so, if participants have their own warm sleeping bag, they may want to bring it. Space will be limited, so please, indicate if you bring your own gear to the Excursion Leader ASAP by writing to


16 July – Depart Adelaide 7:00 am, drive 700 km (about 8 hours) to Marree. Overnight camping at Marree Caravan Park.

17 July – Drive to Lake Palankarinna (160 km; about 6 hours), one of the Lake Eyre Basin’s most important Neogene localities. Lake Palankarinna has a number of Late Oligocene-Early Miocene sites that have yielded mammal, bird, reptile and fish remains. There are also a number of Pliocene and Pleistocene sites at the lake, providing a unique window into the changes that the central Australian fauna has undergone over the last 25 million years. Overnight camping near Lake Palankarinna.

18 July – Spend the day fossil hunting at Lake Palankarinna. Overnight camping near Lake Palankarinna.

19 July – Drive 100 km to Mungerannie Roadhouse, thence about 60 km (4 hours) to Kalamurina station and Kalamurina Wetlands. Visit to Lookout locality on Warburton River: a Pleistocene vertebrate locality where the remains of extinct megafaunal taxa have been found including Diprotodon (Australia’s largest marsupial herbivore), Procoptodon (largest of the browsing sthenurine kangaroos), Megalania (giant monitor lizard twice the size of the Komodo Dragon) and Thylacoleo (marsupial lion). Overnight camping at Kalamurina Wetlands Campground.

20 July – Visit to Toolapinna Waterhole on Warburton River, with sites spanning the last 4 million years. Overnight camping at Kalamurina Wetlands Campground.

21 July – Drive approximately 470 km to Brachina Gorge in Flinders Ranges National Park. Overnight camping in Brachina Gorge.

22 July – Traverse Brachina Gorge Geological Trail: spectacular transect through Cryogenian, Ediacaran and Cambrian rock and fossil succession. Drive approximately 330 km to Burra. Overnight at Paxton Cottages, Burra.

23 July – Visit Late Pleistocene megafaunal sites in Red Banks Conservation Park near Burra. Return to Adelaide (160 km); arrive Adelaide mid-afternoon.