Quarry Overview

Stone, gravel and sand are vital raw ingredients for Australia’s construction industry. 
They literally make the foundations for a stronger economy.

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Quarries produce a range of useful materials, including limestone, dimension stone and rock. In Australia, the most common materials extracted are construction aggregates such as crushed rock, sand or gravel. These abundant yet essential raw materials are the foundation of our homes, schools, hospitals, roads and almost all aspects of the built environment that we depend on. 

Watch the short video below to learn how the quarrying industry helps build a stronger economy for all Australians.

6 INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT QUARRYING

WE ALL NEED QUARRY
PRODUCTS

Every Australian requires 7
tonnes
 of stone, sand and
gravel every year to build the
roads, houses and other
infrastructure we need.

WHERE WE LIVE

To build an average new
house we use about 110
tonnes
 of construction
aggregates and 53m³ of
concrete.

THE ROADS WE USE

To build one kilometre of 
two-lane highway requires
about 14,000 tonnes 
(or 400 truckloads)
of construction aggregates.

BUILDING AUSTRALIA

Quarry products are essential
raw materials needed to build
new infrastructure projects.
Over 150 million tonnes of
aggregates are used in the
construction of homes,
workplaces, public buildings
and roads every year.


LOCALLY SOURCED

Quarrying needs to be carried
out close to where these
materials will be used. This
keeps transportation costs low
and helps keep building
costs down
 in local
communities.

COMMUNITY FIRST

The quarry industry is
committed to co-exist with
local communities 
and
follows stringent planning 
and operating conditions.

  QUARRYING BASICS

The what, how and why of quarrying in Australia.
Learn what quarrying is all about here.

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  HOW A QUARRY WORKS

How does a quarry produce these important materials?
Here’s a simple overview.

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  THE ECONOMICS OF QUARRYING

Australia’s quarries benefit their local community, other
Australian industries and our nation as a whole.
Learn how the quarry industry helps Australia work.

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  LIFE AFTER QUARRYING

What happens to quarries at the end of their working life?
Rehabilitation gives former quarries a new lease on life.

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FURTHER READING

Brochure & Factsheets

Want to know more about quarrying in Australia? Download the brochure and factsheets for further information.

Infographic

Learn how Australian quarries provide the country with some of its most important raw ingredients: stone, gravel and sand.