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Earth Sciences Garden

Architect: Rush Wright Associates, Open Spatial Workshop (artists), Paul Thompson (planting)

Monash University | MU18

Inspired by the geology and geomorphology of Victoria, the Earth Sciences Garden at Monash Clayton is the first of its kind in Australia, and the most comprehensive worldwide. This stunning garden comprises a collection of rock outcrops with corresponding native plants, representing different geological regions in Victoria. Designed by Rush Wright Associates working closely with Monash geologists and artists Open Spatial Workshop (OSW), the garden collects 20 different rock types and nearly 500 specimens, some weighing up to 14 tonnes. The collection ranges from large black ‘bombs’ of an 8000-year-old volcano near Colac, to 400-million-year-old fossiliferous limestone from Buchan, deposited when eastern Victoria was covered by a tropical ocean. Aside from providing a unique learning environment and setting for informal recreation, the garden is used to teach various field techniques and concepts to Monash undergraduates, who utilise these skills at various sites around the world. The garden also features in the Victorian Curriculum for high school students. Five ‘new’ rock formations, titled Anthropocite have been conceived by OSW as speculative residue of the future. They are composed of a range of manufactured and human material including concrete, asphalt, glass and plastic. Awarded the peak Association for Learning Environments Award for Outdoor Learning Area (2016) and Landscaping Victoria Landscape of the Year (2015). To discover more, download the Monash Rocks app.

Need to Know

  • Open: Sat 10am-4pm

  • Photography Restricted: Yes

  • What's Open: All parts

  • Special Note: Between 9 and 13 Rainforest Walk, Clayton Campus

  • Tour Details: Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm, 3.30pm, running for 25 minutes, in groups of 15

  • Facilities: Toilets

  • Access: Pram accessible, Fully accessible

  • Year Built: 2015

  • Website: rushwright.com

  • Transport: Clayton campus can be reached via Bus routes 630 and 900 from Huntingdale Station, routes 733, 742, 800, 804, 862 and 900 from Oakleigh Station, as well as routes 631, 691, 703 and 737. A free shuttle service will run between Monash Caulfield and Clayton, and Clayton and Peninsula campuses. Free parking available.

  • Photo Credit: John Gollings

  • Tour Type: Guided, queue

Location

13 Rainforest Walk, Clayton, Monash University Clayton Campus, VIC

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