20th September, 2023
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York Town Hall
81 Avon Terrace, York WA 6302, Australia
Getting there by car: York is 97km and an easy 90min drive east of Perth CBD

Public transport: TransWA runs a coach timetable from East Perth to York on Tuesdays and Thursdays

Parking: there is plenty of street parking in surrounding streets.

Accommodation: visit the York Visitor Centre website, or download the Experience York app on Apple App Store or Google Play.

We are back for another year to celebrate the unique heritage of Western Australia’s granite outcrops. This year we are combining cultural and natural heritage, with environmental practitioners, Indigenous knowledge holders and land managers coming together to share and learn about the flora, fauna and geology of granite, as well as ancient and recent human histories.

Mr Desmond Blurton and Professor Stephen Hopper will present keynote presentations on the cultural and natural heritage of these significant landscape features.

The Symposium aims are:

  • To recognise and promote the cultural and natural heritage of granite outcrops.
  • To manage granite outcrops in the face of changing legislation and multiple stakeholder expectations.
  • To create a network of stakeholders to progress the holistic management of granite outcrops.

Open to all interested parties with free registration for Noongar participants and reduced rates for students, unwaged and pensioners. The symposium will be held in the historic York Town Hall with a pre-symposium excursion to Wandoo National Park to experience this heritage first hand (on Wednesday 19 September – information and registrations coming soon).

Symposium details

Date: Wednesday 20 September 2023
Location: York Town Hall, 81 Avon Tce, York
Time: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm


  • General admission: $110.00
  • Students / unwaged / pensioners: $45.00
  • Noongar participants: free

Download the Draft Programme

We acknowledge this symposium and associated field trip are being held on Ballardong and Whadjuk Country and pay our respects to the traditional custodians and their Elders past and present.

The ‘On the Rocks’ Symposium and Field Excursion are an initiative of Perth NRM and UWA and supported by the Shire of York.


We acknowledge and appreciate the support of all our partners, supporters, funding bodies and sponsors.