National Parks / Natural World

Mystery Craters South Kolan

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Mystery Craters
15 Lines Rd
South Kolan
QLD
4670
Tel: 07 4157 7291

Directions

Mystery Craters is on the main road from Bundaberg to Gin Gin. There is a Mystery Craters sign is 400 metres from the entry, approximately 25 minutes from Bundaberg Drive, and 25 minutes from Gin Gin if travelling from the north.

Where are we going today?

There are some thing in the world we can't explain. Crop circles, the Pyramids, even Stone Henge! But there are some even closer to home - right in Australia!

Discovered in 1971, the Mystery Craters are, as they say, "Australia's Most Baffling Phenomenon!" So why not go and see them for yourself?

There are 35 craters, all over 25 million years old - amazing! (That's a lot of birthdays to have to celebrate!)

These unique, mysterious rocks are set in a subtropical paradise, and kids love exploring them because, well, no-one knows why they are there or how they got there!

Some people think they look like footprints (but really BIG footprints!)...some hold water, some don't.  Some have strange markings inside.  What can you see in them? What do you think created them?

The Mystery Craters are great for kids imaginations as they can really create incredible and fun answers for what may have caused these natural wonders!

The area is a fun day out for the whole family, especially the little kids, because they have added fun elements like picnic areas and a sweet fairy garden.

There is also a viewing tower so you can see them from above, and a touch button commentary available!

There is a lovely little gift store, or you can tuck into ice cream! There is also a collection of antique machinery to look at.

A relaxing, and fascinating look into the marvels of their earth!

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How much does it cost?

  • Adults$7.50
  • Children$5
LAST UPDATED 2014

When can we go?

Open every day.

I'm Hungry!

You can bring your own picnic and enjoy it under their shaded eating areas. Or you can enjoy the light snacks, coffee, tea, ice cream and cold drinks available from the kiosk!.

Need a little extra help?

Disabled Toilet facilities are available. Wheelchair access around formation (the area is quite level)..

Can I get one of those?

Mysterious souvenirs are available from the gift shop! .

What people are saying?

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    Many years ago I visited a unique baffling phenomenon known as the “Mystery Craters”. As it has been almost 20 years since my initial visit, I thought I would return to see if the mystery of the craters formation had been solved.

    Not yet it seems; in fact this phenomenon is still baffling teams of international geologists to this day and the site has become known as an unsolved mystery of the World. The largest of the craters was discovered in 1999 which was part of a geological dig and samples were taken by Bundaberg University. Volcanic...Read More

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    Went there in the 90's. Complete rubbish and waste of money. Looks very fake. Crators formed in a square patch of land compared to nature's own crators which can be anywhere.

    There is not even much to see other than see man-made holes shaped like ponds. I was like "come on mum lets go see more interesting things. I basically begged to leave and I'm sure you will feel the same the minute you step inside.

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    The craters are more suited to people who want to see one of a kind things, UFO Space other planets etc, you see they are the only rock formation of its kind in the world, yellow and red ocher and sandstone bonded by heat, to date science has yet to determine the origin of the craters, whether a shower of meteors stuck an ancient ocean or river base and so on, the crater have some that have unmeasured depths, also an unknown phenomenon on land, not sure who the current owners are, but it was discovered by Owen Murrin whilst plowing a cane farm,...Read More

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    Hole ... E ... F@$k. There goes 9 minutes of my life I'm never getting back. Some slimy holes in the ground charged at $7.50.

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    A complete waste of time, don't bother.

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by Susan Bowes

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Many years ago I visited a unique baffling phenomenon known as the “Mystery Craters”. As it has been almost 20 years since my initial visit, I thought I would return to see if the mystery of the craters formation had been solved.

Not yet it seems; in fact this phenomenon is still baffling teams of international geologists to this day and the site has become known as an unsolved mystery of the World. The largest of the craters was discovered in 1999 which was part of a geological dig and samples were taken by Bundaberg University. Volcanic marbles were found which were similar to those located at an extinct volcano 2klms away.

There are many theories which include: part of a meterorite, roof of a subterranean lake caused by oil pressure underground, result of sea action, sink holes from volcanic action or hot spring activity. However, so far not one of the World’s geologists can confirm the authenticity of any of these theories.

Photographs on the walls inside the gallery show the property before 1971 when Mr Murrin’s plough got caught on something. The property was a small regional crop farm. Further investigation revealed a large foot-shaped hole of 18ft across which appeared to be lined with sandstone. Siltstone inside craters reveals a top surface mixture of sandstone and ochre with the ochre stain evenly distributed through the sandstone. Petrified wood was also found with fossilled worms inside. On some of the walls of the larger craters there are strange markings and notable recessed areas as if man-made. We were informed that a large hole was drilled 600 metres down, only to find that the ochre and sandstone formation remained evenly distributed all the way down.

Oddities about these craters are that some hold water and some do not; they can dry out completely or fill up to the brim yet none is interlinked with the other. Some also contain minerals in which birdlife likes to drink and bathe. A tree stands above one crater and it is thought that if the crater were exposed the tree may die. Three craters remain covered in their original state; however there are 32 for you to view.

Other displays of interest consist of a gift shop and gallery of rocks and minerals along with a shed full of old machinery.

So is it worth the visit? Definitely! You may have some ideas yourself to unravel this amazing puzzle.

by Archie Quinn

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The craters are more suited to people who want to see one of a kind things, UFO Space other planets etc, you see they are the only rock formation of its kind in the world, yellow and red ocher and sandstone bonded by heat, to date science has yet to determine the origin of the craters, whether a shower of meteors stuck an ancient ocean or river base and so on, the crater have some that have unmeasured depths, also an unknown phenomenon on land, not sure who the current owners are, but it was discovered by Owen Murrin whilst plowing a cane farm, he turned it into the tourist park. Had several Daughters I remember and a boy, one of them may be the current owners, unsure if it stayed in the family, worth a look if you like unique and unusual things

The Weather

Tuesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 90° F / 32° C
Humidity: 53 %
Wind: ENE - 11 MPH

Wednesday

Conditions: Clear
Temp: 92° F / 33° C
Humidity: 53 %
Wind: ENE - 11 MPH

Thursday

Conditions: Partly Cloudy
Temp: 91° F / 33° C
Humidity: 54 %
Wind: ENE - 11 MPH

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