Rainbow Sands Cliff


François Peron National Park, lies at the end of the Shark Bay peninsula and features a colourful and diverse landscape of red sand hills. Present day Peron peninsula is made from the sands blown against the Peron anticline, some two million to ten million years ago. This wind blown deposit is known as Peron Sandstone. The red colour of this sandstone is due to a thin iron oxide coasting around the sand grains. Peron sandstone underlies most of Shark Bay but is only exposed on Peron peninsula and Faure Island. In many places particularly along the Zuytdorp Cliffs, the sands cemented into solid rock. These cliffs form from the western edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage property, 200 metres high and 200km long; From Steep Point to Kalbarri and is the longest fault scarp in Australia.  This photograph was taken half way up a sand cliff on the beach. The rich red exposed rock is a striking feature that fringes the landscape profile. The sand was quite hard to walk on and made scaling these cliffs an easy task. The orange and red hues are striking against the magnificent Australian sky. Peron's rainbow sands.

Location - Francois Peron National Park, Shark Bay, Western Australia

Aspect shown - Rectangle  

Product Code: FP17114R 

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