At Hallett Cove, evidence of episodes of the earth’s history from the last 600 million years can be seen, from a total earth age of about 4,600 million years.
Much of the evidence has been eroded from the Hallett Cove landscape and lost from the geological record. However, some results of the earth’s continuous geological change remain for us to see and piece together.
The following brief summary of these ongoing and complex events has been sourced from The Field Guide to the Geology of Hallett Cove and A Field Guide to the Coastal Geology of Fleurieu Peninsula, both produced by the Field Geology Club and available through their website: www.fieldgeologyclubsa.org.au
Evidence of geological phenomena To be observed at Hallett Cove
Ice Age Evidence
Wave Cut Platform
While preserving the unique geological evidence at Hallett Cove is the Park’s primary purpose, there are other important environmental aspects to be conserved and explored.
The Park has the largest area of publicly accessible remnant coastal vegetation along the metropolitan coastline and it is a sanctuary for birds, reptiles and insects.
Overview of Hallett Cove Geological History, by Mark Willoughby, 6 Jul 2010. https://www.mindat.org/article.php/957/Overview+of+Hallett+Cove+Geological+History
Giesecke, R (Ed., 1999): A Field Guide to the Geology of Hallett Cove and other Localities with Glacial Geology on the Fleurieu Peninsula (1999), https://fieldgeologyclubsa.org.au/publications.php
Hasenohr, P. & Corbett, D. (Eds., 1986) A Field Guide to the coastal Geology of Fleurieu Peninsula,
Hallett Cove Conservation Park Management Plan (Amended 2017) Management Plan 2017
Geological Map of Hallett Cove (good article for geologists/students) at PIRSA