Dictionary of Geotourism

2020 Edition
| Editors: Anze Chen, Young Ng, Erkuang Zhang, Mingzhong Tian

Kanawinka Geopark, Australia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-13-2538-0_1246

This former geopark extended across southwestern Victoria and southeastern South Australia and covered an area of approximately 26,910 km2. It became a global geopark in 2008 but was delisted from the Global Geoparks Network in 2012. The park contained 58 geosites, mainly including volcanic craters, limestone landscapes, shores and caves, lava cones, waterfalls, lakes and wetlands. Lakes and craters occupied the eastern part of the Kanawinka Geopark, including a significant number of important volcanic sites and lakes formed by volcanic activity. The lava flow area was characterised by a series of volcanic systems, with numerous volcanic cones and a wide distribution of lava flows. The Byaduk Cave is the largest and most accessible lava cave in Australia. The caves formed only 8,000 years ago, so they have not been weathered and are in a natural state.

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