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Blowholes in Australia

Bicheno Blowhole
Bicheno Blowhole./ Andrew Wallace, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

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Here are listed all the blowholes of Australia known to Wondermondo. Please, if you know some more – let me know!

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WorldYellow About the blowholes in Australia

What is a blowhole?

There are diverse natural landmarks which are called blowholes.

One of Quobba blowholes
One of Quobba blowholes./ julie burgher, Flickr / CC BY-NC 2.0

There are holes – entrances in the caves – where a strong wind blows frequently. Such caves are quite common in Australia, especially in Nullarbor Plain (South Australia) where hundreds of such blowholes can be found in the desert.

There are methane blowholes – exotic eruptions of methane gas in the northern tundra. As the climate becomes warmer, the methane gas more and more frequently leaves the ground, creating impressive craters.

And then there are blowholes – sea geysers or intermittent natural water fountains that are powered by wave energy. These are the blowholes that are described by Wondermondo in this article.

The best-known blowholes – sea geysers – are located in popular tourist areas or places where live many people. One or another of these popular blowholes is announced to be the largest and tallest in the world without any proper knowledge whether this is true or not. Most likely, the world’s largest blowholes are not known to us and are located on remote islands. The maximum height of these natural fountains is seen only during severe storms. Ships try their best to be away from the cliffs in such weather.

Are there any more blowholes in Australia?

Here are listed more than 20 locations with blowholes in Australia and remote Australian islands. Wondermondo though is aware that this list should be longer. There are reported more blowholes in Western Australia, in Tasmania, in some islands (King Island, Norfolk Island), and elsewhere.

Please, give me a message if you happen to find anything additional to this list!

 

Other articles about blowholes

  • Blowholes – more than 50 world’s most impressive (known) blowholes and the mechanism of their formation.
  • Blowholes in Hawaii – list of 15 locations with blowholes in Hawaii Islands.

WorldViolet List of the blowholes in Australia

01

Bicheno Blowhole

4 out of 10 stars 40.3%

Eastern coast of Tasmania

Height: Up to 20 m

Rock: Granite

Impressive slanted blowhole which during the storms can get dangerous.

Bicheno Blowhole
02

Blackman’s Bay Blowhole

4 out of 10 stars 39.8%

Tasmania

Height: Does not form a fountain

Rock: Sandstone?

Collapsed sea cave – former blowhole with a natural bridge.

03

Blowhole at Clear Place Point

2.7 out of 10 stars 27.3%

New South Wales, Lord Howe Island

Height: ?

Rock: Basalt

This blowhole creates a fountain through the fissure in the ceiling of a larger sea cave.

04

Blowholes at Mutton Bird Point

2.5 out of 10 stars 25.3%

New South Wales, Lord Howe Island

Height: ?

Rock: Basalt

Group of at least five small blowholes.

05

Blowhole of De Witt Island

4 out of 10 stars 40.3%

Tasmania, De Witt Island

Height: Very tall

Rock: ?

One of the world’s most impressive blowholes, can be seen from the sea on the remote De Witt Island.

06

Breathing Rock in South Bruny Island

4 out of 10 stars 40.3%

Tasmania, South Bruny Island

Height: Considerably more than 10 m

Rock: ?

This impressive blowhole can be seen only from the sea.

Breathing Rock in South Bruny Island
07

Cape Bridgewater Blowholes

3.4 out of 10 stars 34.0%

Victoria, Cape Bridgewater

Height: Low

Rock: Basalt

Several comparatively small blowholes.

08

Christmas Island blowholes

4 out of 10 stars 39.8%

Christmas Island

Height: Significant

Rock: Limestone

Numerous noisy blowholes along the limestone coast of Christmas Island. This is a very unusual sight during the mass migration of red crabs.

Blowholes in Christmas Island
09

Dirk Hartog Island Blowhole

4.2 out of 10 stars 41.8%

Western Australia, western coast of Dirk Hartog Island

Height: Up to 60 m

Rock: Limestone

These blowholes are at the base of sea cliffs. Usually around 10 m tall but at high swells here with a deafening noice shoot up fountains which are up to 60 m high.

10

Dudley Beach blowholes

2.6 out of 10 stars 25.8%

New South Wales, Newcastle-Maitland

Height: Up to 10 m

Rock: Granite

Several blowholes in granite fissures and sea caves.

Blowholes at Dudley Beach
11

False Entrance Blowholes

3.9 out of 10 stars 39.3%

Western Australia, south from False Entrance bay

Height: Fountains travel through 30-40 m thick rocks and above them

Rock: Limestone

These blowholes have pierced up to 40 m thock layer of rock. Usually just air is howling through these holes but sometimes there rise also fountains of water.

12

Frazer Blowhole (Snapper Point Blowhole)

3.6 out of 10 stars 35.8%

New South Wales, Central Coast Region

Height: ?

Rock: ?

A large blowhole which only on a few occasions forms a fountain.

Sea cave in Frazer Blowhole
13

Kiama Blowhole

4.6 out of 10 stars 46.1%

New South Wales, Kiama town

Height: Up to 25 m and, reportedly – even 60 m

Rock: Latite (a volcanic rock)

The best known blowhole in Australia. This is a powerful fountain which has proven to be also quite dangerous.

Kiama Blowhole
14

Kiama Little blowhole

3.7 out of 10 stars 37.3%

New South Wales, Kiama Town

Height: Significant

Rock: Latite (a volcanic rock)

This blowhole forms a narrow, tall fountain and erupts more frequently than the better known Kiama blowhole.

Kiama, Little Blowhole
15

Maingon Blowhole

3.6 out of 10 stars 35.8%

South of Tasmania

Height: Does not form a fountain

Rock: ?

Some 40 m deep sinkhole with raging waves at its bottom.

16

Nobbies Blowhole

3.5 out of 10 stars 34.8%

Victoria, Bass Coast Shire

Height: ?

Rock: Basalt

Nearly horizontal plume of mist and water which shoots from some 12 m long sea cave.

Nobbies Blowhole
17

Quobba Blowholes

4 out of 10 stars 40.3%

Western Australia, Gascoyne Region

Height: More than 30 m

Rock: Sandstone

Beautiful group of some 30 blowholes. At certain winds and storms the fountains are more than 30 m tall.

Quobba Blowholes
18

Pirates Bay Blowhole (Tasman Blowhole)

3.8 out of 10 stars 38.3%

Tasmania, near the Eaglehawk Neck

Height: Up to 10 m

Rock: Siltstone?

Sea cave with a collapsed roof – blowhole. At rough weather, the splashes are up to 10 m high.

Tasman Blowhole
19

Port Campbell Blowhole (Loch Ard Blowhole)

4.1 out of 10 stars 40.8%

Victoria, Shire of Corangamite

Height: Does not form a fountain

Rock: Sandstone

A sinkhole with raging, loud waves at its bottom.

Loch Ard Blowhole
20

Torndirrup Blowholes

3.6 out of 10 stars 36.0%

Western Australia, Torndirrup National Park

Height: ?

Rock: Granite

These fountains are created by the waves in the rock crevasses.

21

Thunder Bay Blowholes (Thunderbay Blowholes)

4.1 out of 10 stars 40.8%

Western Australia, Torndirrup National Park

Height: After passing through 100 m thick rock – up to 20 m tall fountains

Rock: Sandstone

Some of the world’s most powerful blowholes. Water here is pushed through some 100 m tall Zuytdorp Cliffs and then rises in fountains which are up to 20 m high.

22

Whale Rock blowhole

3.8 out of 10 stars 37.8%

Queensland, North Stradbroke Island

Height: ?

Rock: ?

Comparatively smaller blowhole which emits a fountain of mist and water with whistles and whooshes.

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