The use of sandstone in Australian construction has a long and illustrious history. From our humble country homes with tin roofs to our magnificent art galleries and places of worship, Australia has formed a reputation for being one of the new world countries to source this magnificent element and use it to create some truly spectacular marvels of architecture.

In fact, we even have our own specific type of stone sourced straight from the Hawkesbury River north of Sydney, the gorgeous Sydney sandstone, historically known as yellowblock. Yes, our nation has put this material to great use, and created some of our most recognisable buildings with it. But what are some of these structures? Read on to find out.

The Art Gallery of New South Wales

An instantly recognisable structure whose walls consist of famous works of art by the likes of John Constable, Claude Monet, and Van Gogh. The beauty of the stone used for the gallery shines in the Sydney sun, and is one of the most recognisable buildings to be constructed using the Sydney sandstone.

St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne

No one who spends time in the City of Melbourne will walk past this magnificent structure without gazing upon its towering spiral for at least the time it takes to cross the Flinders Street intersection. Retaining its past charm amongst its rapidly modernising surrounds, St Paul’s Cathedral is a testament to the wonder of sandstone building.

Government House, Sydney

One of the most magnificent private structures in city rife with magnificent private structures, Government House is a testament to the opulence and grandeur of the Harbour City. Officially the residence of the Governor of New South Wales, the house is a marvel of the intricacies that can be achieved using Sydney sandstone.

Darlinghurst Gaol

Not that any of the prisoners gave a damn about what kind of stone was used to build the prison, after all, they didn’t want to be there. But true appreciators of sandstone would me in awe of the charm and craftsmanship of a facility that some may think shouldn’t have really required much craftsmanship at all. Darlinghurst Gaol is an unrivalled giant of the use of sandstone, and continues to a be a popular representation of the element today.


Has the knowledge that these outstanding structures were built using Australian sandstone, and would like to utilise it for your own marvel, get in touch with the team at Gosford Quarries by calling our providers in the Australian city closest to you, find the number on our contact page.