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GL 38 (8421) Waddy Point

This information has been developed from the publications:

    • Sites of Geological and Geomorphological Significance in Central Gippsland (1981) by Neville Rosengren, M.S McRae-Williams and S.M Kraemers.
    • Sites of Geological and Geomorphological Significance in the Gippsland Lakes Catchment (1984) by Neville Rosengren.
    • Sites of Geological and Geomorphological Significance in East Gippsland, Victoria (1981) by Neville Rosengren, M.S McRae-Williams
Geological heritage sites, including sites of geomorphological interest and volcanic heritage sites, are under regular revision by the Geological Society of Australia, especially in the assessment of significance and values. Reference should be made to the most recent reports. See the Earth Science Heritage section of the Geological Society of Australia website for details of geological heritage reports, and a bibliography.

Location:528938 (8421). Four kilometres south-west of Wattle Point.


Cuspate foreland, old parabolic dunes.


Private road from Wattle Point Road.


Private land.


Waddy Point has an irregular outline on the western side with alternating small embayment and sandy headlands. Small lobes of sand and prominent near shore sand bars have been shown to migrate along the foreland from west to east under the influence of refracted waves generated by westerly winds. The sand is emplaced as low parallel sand beach ridges on the eastern side, which is shaped by waves from easterly winds.

The sandy terrain is comprised of relict high parabolic dune ridges and intervening swales, the swales now containing lakes and swamps. These are similar in dimension and age to the parabolic dunes on Sperm Whale Head (Site


Regional. The migrating sand lobes are of special interest as are the relict parabolic dunes and ridges.


Before building erosion prevention structures on the western side of Waddy Point detailed investigation of their impact on local sediment transfer should be undertaken. Erosion on the western side of the point is a ‘normal’ process and is necessary to provide sediment for beach ridge progradation elsewhere.

GL 36 to 38
Sites GL 36-38

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