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More Than Two Decades’ Experience

 
 
Established in 1996, Helidon Sandstone Industries has grown to become one of the biggest producers of Sandstone products in Queensland.

Supplying to homeowners and businesses across Australia, we provide sandstone for a variety of uses – from indoor installations to landscaping solutions, and everything in between.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

We offer the following products:

 
 
  • Split Random Pieces
  • Tumbled Stone
  • Boulder Walls
  • Tiles
  • Pavers
  • Road Base, Gravel & Loam
  • Garden Edging
  • Landscape Steps
  • Retaining Blocks
 
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Mailbox Made Of Stone — Sandstone in Helidon, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
Sandstones — Sandstone in Helidon, QLD
 
 
 
 

What Is Sandstone?

 
 
Sandstone is sedimentary rock, which means it was deposited in a water environment, like the mud flats in Moreton Bay, near Brisbane. In geological terms, other types of rock are Igneous (e.g. granites), Volcanic (e.g. basalts) and Metamorphic (e.g. slates).

Sedimentary rock is formed in low temperature, low-pressure environments on the surface of the earth. The main constituent of all sandstone is quartz. Grains of quartz are stuck together with a natural cement of clays and traces of other minerals.

If you took a thin section of sandstone and looked at it under a microscope, you would see grains of sand with a cement matrix. Helidon Sandstone is mainly ‘fine’ to ‘medium’ grained, which means the grains of sand are relatively fine and hard to see with the naked eye. Coarse-grained sandstone can be found in Helidon but has a rougher texture to the hand.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

When & How Was Helidon Sandstone First Deposited?

 
Helidon Sandstone takes its name after the geological formation named after the town of Helidon in South East Queensland, Australia. The formation is a uniform rock type that was deposited at the same time and is consistent enough to recognise in different locations.

Helidon Sandstone is part of the Bundumba Group, which was deposited in the Mesozoic Era. The Mesozoic Era is made of three separate geological time periods called Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous. These periods range from 240 million years ago to 65 million years ago.

Helidon Sandstone was deposited in the Upper Triassic to Lower Jurassic, which makes it about 200 million years old (in a range from 210 million to 190 million years). The sandstone was deposited in a fluviatile environment, which means rivers and estuaries. This was a freshwater environment.
 
 
 
 
Mini Garden — Sandstone in Helidon, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

What Makes Helidon Sandstone Unique?

 
Helidon Sandstone is fine grained and relatively strong as a building material. It also has an unusual banding that often forms concentric rings and unusual colourings. Remember that sandstone was originally deposited in the Mesozoic Era at a time when dinosaurs walked the earth (about 200 million years ago).

If you drive up the range from Helidon to Toowoomba, you know you are driving up to a high plateau. This plateau is made up of basalt. Around 22 million years ago, this part of the world was the site of great volcanic activity. In the Toowoomba area, a major north-south fissure opened, and great amounts of basalt were extruded to the surface.

Any sediments along this fissure were destroyed by the volcanic activity. However, sediments near the main fissures, say within 10 to 15 km, were subject to a lot of heating by volcanic fluids and gases. Put simply, Helidon Sandstone was flushed with hot waters and gases and this altered the make-up of our sandstone.
 
 
 
 
Stones — Sandstone in Helidon, QLD
 
 
 
 
 
 
Thick Stones For Landscaping — Sandstone in Helidon, QLD
 
 
 
 
 

FAQs

 
 
 

Can sandstone be used inside as well as outside?

 
Sandstone and Limestone products are both excellent products to use inside and outside your home or business.

Outside, they are great for all landscaping needs including retaining walls, garden steps, wall cladding, path and driveway pavers, swimming pool surrounds and garden edging.

Inside they can be used for cladding on all walls, feature walls, pillars, fireplaces, floor tiles in wet and dry areas, and internal garden edging.
 
 
 
 
 

Are your Crazy Pavers off-cuts and throwaways?

 
No! We cut this stone specifically as our Crazy Pave product – they are not off-cuts from another production line. The thickness of the paving is calibrated exactly to your needs.
 

Can I request specially sized pavers and tiles?

 
Yes, we can also adjust and cut to your special requirements, however there is a minimum order requirement of 20 square meters for these special orders.
 

Where do you deliver to?

 
We deliver anywhere in Australia, direct from our quarries or warehouses.