Moruya granite rocks national garden

27 September 2016

Moruya granite boulder being placed onto a trailer with a crane

A 380-million-year-old boulder of granite from the same quarry that supplied the footings to Sydney’s famous Harbour Bridge will be immortalised in Australia’s fledgling National Rock Garden on the banks of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra.

The 10 tonne block of Moruya Tonalite was arranged to be donated from the Moruya Quarry by staff at NSW Lands and it was subsequently transported pro bono to the Garden by machinery operated through Eurobodalla Shire Council.

The Moruya Tonalite will be welcomed in a small ceremony at the Rock Garden on Sunday 9 October - the start of International Earth Science Week.

The donation of this important specimen, which boasts such historical links to Sydney including the Harbour Bridge, Martin Place GPO and the Cenotaph is helping the diversity of the National Rock Garden to evolve.

Partly polished and complete with a plaque, the granite boulder will sit proudly alongside many other important geological examples from around Australia, including rocks from the the Kimberleys’ Bungle Bungle Range and a 2.7 billion year-old Tumbiana specimen from Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

An asset to the National Rock Garden, the Moruya Tonalite will help put Moruya on the map as one of the nation’s earliest coastal industrial towns that had a hand in shaping Sydney’s built heritage.

More information

Visit the National Rock Garden website.

Visit the Crown Lands website.