The Zuytdorp Cliffs mark the western edge of the Shark Bay World Heritage Area – and the continent. Towering up to 200 m high and stretching more than 200 km from Steep Point to Kalbarri, they are the longest fault scarp in Australia. Pounded by the Indian Ocean, with wave-cut benches, blowholes, spouts and slips, these dramatic cliffs are a World Heritage value.
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How the cliffs were formed
The Zuytdorp Cliffs are made of Tamala Limestone, a common rock formation that stretches around much of the West Australian coastline. They were formed about 5,000–10,000 years ago when the Earth’s crust shifted along a fault line during an earthquake.
The Zuytdorp wreck
The cliffs are named after the Dutch East Indies merchant ship Zuytdorp (“South Land”), wrecked in 1712 en route to Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia). You can read more about the shipwreck here.
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Be warned: massive swells and treacherous currents mean the cliffs remain hazardous to boaters and diving on the wreck is prohibited for safety reasons and to protect historic relics.