This information has been developed from the publications:
334525. Princess Highway, eight kilometres east of Genoa.
Exposure of Tertiary, Haunted Hills Gravels and silicfied wood.
Crown Land (road reserve)
Haunted Hills Gravels and their contact with weathered Maramingo Granite are well exposed in the Princess Highway road cutting just east of Maramingo Creek. This deposit consists of unconsolidated quartz gravels, grits and medium to fine sands, which clearly display current bedding. The gravel clasts are subrounded to rounded and are up to 15 cm in diameter Protruding from the sediments are two well preserved silicfied tree trunks. Attempts have been made to excavate these fossils and they appear to have survived only because they extend for a considerable distance back into the enclosing sediments.
Regional. This cutting provides one of the best exposures of the lithology of Haunted Hills Gravels and associated solidified wood in the region. Fossil tree trunks of the dimension occurring in this road cutting are rare elsewhere in the region.
The fossil tree trunks are located in a position where they could be damaged by road maintenance or widening and attempts aimed at removal of the fossils presumable for private collections have already occurred. Consequently, it appears likely that the fossils will suffer considerable damage if left in situ and it is recommended that they be removed and placed in the care of a responsible authority.
Douglas, J.G. and Ferguson, J.A. (eds) 1976. Geology of Victoria. Geological Society of Australia, Special Publication No. 5.
Maramingo Creek Road cutting. Silicified logs (A), in Tertiary sediments.
Maramingo Creek. Detail of silicified log.