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Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve

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Linton-Piggoreet Road, Piggoreet VIC 3351

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  • Geological reserve
  • Stunning basalt columns
  • Peregrine falcon nests in the cliff
  • Historic mine site
  • Creek
The Devils Kitchen is an impressive geological reserve in Piggoreet, half an hour from Ballarat, Victoria. 

The Woady Yaloak River winds its way through a thickly vegetated valley, surrounded by cliffs of spectacular basalt columns. 

A couple of Peregrine Falcon nests can be spotted in the cliff face across from the parking area.      

A gravel track travels down into the reserve and crosses the Woady Yaloak River. 

Be very careful of pot holes, trip hazards, uneven ground and mine shafts if walking off the track. 

Although this reserve is thickly overgrown, you can still see mullock heaps, foundations, mine adits and more. 

Beautiful basalt at the Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve

The Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve is home to a spectacular natural amphitheatre of Basalt columns, which has been formed by the course of the Woady Yaloak River cutting through the rock over time. 

The basalt columns we see at the Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve were created by the contraction and cooling of lava. 

Basalt is a volcanic rock which can fracture as it cools, forming these striking columns!

Discover more sites where you can see beautiful basalt columns in the Victorian Goldfields


The Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve features a seasonal waterhole which is popular for swimming in early summer.

Woady Yaloak River

The Woady Yaloak River winds its way through the Devils Kitchen Geological Reserve, and is quite overgrown in many sections. 

The name Woady Yaloak is derived from the Wuthawurrung name for the section of river - Wurdi-yaluk or Wurdi-yaluk gundidj, meaning "big creek".

Gold prospecting is permitted in this river. 


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  • Bushwalking is an excellent way to get outdoors and exploring nature.
  • Evidence of the mid-late 1800's gold rush can be found throughout the Victorian goldfields in the form of abandoned mine shafts and tunnels, mullock heaps, buildings and ruins, circular puddling troughs, remains of cyanide vats, and quartz kilns.


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