This is a very visual book. Broken up into State chapters, it features all the major volcanic regions of Australia.
Although there are no active volcanoes in Australia, many of the landmarks are familiar to Australians: for example Mt Warning and the Glasshouse Mountains in NSW, Lake Gambier in South Australia, the giant dolerite sills of Tasmania's Cradle Mountain and Cape Rouel and the Undara Lava Tubes in outback Queensland. Also featured is Heard Island, an Australian Territory in the sub-Antarctic, which bears at its centre an active volcano. Every volcanic region is accompanied by a map and at least one colour photograph, often more. The features of the region can be clearly seen on the map and the precise location is given so people can visit the area and see the remnants of Australia's explosive past. None of these places (with the exception of sub-Antarctica) are inaccessible, so it is possible to stroll, crawl or climb around these locations and learn more of Australia's history. Simple diagrams are provided to explain how certain bodies of fluid or solid rock have intruded and displaced other rocks, so that it is possible to make sense of today's landscape.