Pre-Conference excursion - 1-9 July - Ediacaran and Cambrian of Kangaroo Island and Flinders Ranges


A Prof Glenn Brock (Macquarie University, Sydney)
Dr Diego García-Bellido (University of Adelaide, Adelaide)
Dr Jim Gehling (South Australian Museum, Adelaide)
Dr Pierre Kruse (South Australian Museum, Adelaide)
Adj Prof Jim Jago (University of South Australia, Adelaide)
Prof John  Paterson (University of New England, Armidale)



This excursion will visit Cryogenian, Ediacaran and Cambrian fossil and general geological sites in the Adelaide Rift and constituent Arrowie and Stansbury basins. This excursion, originally proposed as a seven-day/six-night trip, is now confirmed as eight days/nine nights, commencing and finishing with overnight accommodation in Adelaide on Friday 1 July and Saturday 9 July respectively. Participants should arrive in Adelaide on -or before- 1 July. Transport during the excursion will be by tour coach, with ferry crossings to and from Kangaroo Island.

Cost is A$2250, which will entitle participants to all transport ex Adelaide, all accommodation from Friday 1 July to Saturday 9 July inclusive, excursion guide, bottled water in field, and most meals during the excursion period (i.e. breakfast on Saturday 2 July to breakfast on Sunday 10 July). Not included in excursion fee are accommodation outside excursion period, evening meals in Adelaide on 1, 3 and 9 July, or any alcoholic beverages.


1 July – Arrive Adelaide. Overnight Regal Park Motor Inn (44 Barton Terrace East, North Adelaide, phone 8267 3222).

2 July – Drive to Cape Jervis, ferry to Kangaroo Island. Visit Emu Bay Shale Konservat-Lagerstätte (exceptionally preserved late early Cambrian fauna) and Cape d’Estaing (early Cambrian archaeocyaths). Return to mainland. Overnight Jetty Caravan Park, Normanville.

3 July – Fleurieu Peninsula: visit Little Gorge, Wirrina and Second Valley (Cryogenian succession with Sturtian glacial deposits and Delamerian deformation), and Carrickalinga Head, Myponga Beach and Sellick Hill (early-middle Cambrian Normanville and Kanmantoo groups; ichnofossils and skeletal fossils). Drive to Adelaide. Overnight Regal Park Motor Inn, North Adelaide.

4 July – Drive to Flinders Ranges. Visit Pichi Richi (Ediacaran tidalites) en route. Overnight Rawnsley Park.

5 July – Visit Brachina Gorge Geological Trail (Cryogenian to Cambrian: purported Cryogenian spicules, stromatolites, Marinoan/Elatina glacial deposits, Ediacaran GSSP and biota, Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, Cambrian ichnofossils and reefs). Overnight Beltana station.

6 July – Visit the Ediacara biota at Nilpena and Ediacara Conservation Park. Overnight Parachilna Hotel.

7 July – Visit Ajax Mine (classic archaeocyath locality) and Mount Scott Range (early Cambrian carbonates). Overnight Parachilna Hotel.

8 July – Visit Wirrealpa area (early Cambrian thrombolites, Flinders Unconformity and archaeocyaths). Ovenight Merna Mora station.

9 July – Visit Mernmerna section (Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary, ichnofossils, rift carbonates). Drive to Adelaide. Overnight Regal Park Motor Inn, North Adelaide.