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While the ancient volcano at Sturt National Park never erupted, evidence of its efforts to do so is unmistakable in the form of enormous granite boulders that dot the landscape.

The granite boulders, or the Granites as they are known locally, were formed when magma was pushed up into gaps and cracks in the earth’s surface. You can explore the Granites along the Granites walking track, a journey that will take you over the top of these ancient boulders that are estimated to be around 450 million years old.

Whether you choose to hike the three kilometre or four kilometre loop, you’ll see desert bloodwoods and the vibrant red of Sturt’s desert peas along the track; a striking contrast to the giant boulders. You might also see bearded dragons, beaked geckos and stumpy tail lizards basking on warm rocks in the sun, and depending on the season and recent rainfall, there may be kangaroos grazing on the grassy plains.

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