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Glacier Rock

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Published September 6th 2020
A significant geological site in South Australia
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At the viewing platform

Most of us have probably been to Victor Harbor, but how many had actually explored its surrounding regions? The Fleurieu Peninsula region is full of hidden gems that not a lot of people know about. One of these is the Glacier Rock.

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View from the bottom of the stairs

Also known as Selwyn's Rock, the Glacier Rock was first discovered by geologist ARC Selwyn in 1859. Selwyn was engaged by the South Australian government to survey the colony, and among his discoveries was this large ice-transported boulder. Embedded in glacial sediments, the hard rock surface had been grooved and scratched by ice movement across the Fleurieu Peninsula between Victor Harbor and Inman Valley many million years ago.

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View from above

The Glacier Rock is a significant geological site in South Australia, which has attracted geologists from all over the world. In the 1900s, Dr Albert Terrones from the University of Mexico declared this landmark boulder to be one of the world's largest glacial exposures!

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Belgian waffle with homemade hot chocolate sauce

I would encourage you to check out the Glacier Rock next time you're in the Fleurieu Peninsula region. It can be found just 14 kilometres from Victor Harbor, at the corner of Inman Valley Road and Mount Alma Road in Inman Valley. A flight of stairs will lead you right down to where the boulder is. But, if you prefer not to climb down and up the stairs, a viewing platform is available for you to see the boulder from above.

The cafe

There is also a cosy little European-style cafe onsite which serves delicious Belgian waffles. These waffles are one of the best I've tasted. Made to order, they have a perfectly crisp and golden exterior while still being very light, fluffy and airy on the inside. You can choose from a variety of toppings including ice cream and homemade hot chocolate sauce! Of course, I chose to have my waffle with the homemade hot chocolate sauce, and it was just so smooth and beautiful. Belicious also serves a lot of other homemade food such as apple strudel, chocolate mousse, coconut rocks, fruit bread, and quiches. But, their specialty remains the egg and bacon waffle, which I'll be trying next time I'm at the Glacier Rock.

The signage on Inman Valley Road

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Why? A significant geological site in South Australia
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Where: Corner of Inman Valley Road & Mount Alma Road, Inman Valley, SA
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Your Comment
Decisions, decisions Audrey. The rock or the waffles. Fortunately we can have both in the same location. If I ever get to Victor Harbour again I know of two things to do. Neil.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|4126) 663 days ago
I was interested in the natural beauty until I saw the waffles and they took centre stage
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|4850) 663 days ago
Such a lovely area. We were unable to stay long when we were there and I'm looking forward to getting back thst way again.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9628) 647 days ago
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