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What is Shot Rock?

Shot rock, also known as ‘Rip Rap’ or ‘Rock Armour’, is an unnatural rock formation placed along shorelines, riverbanks, bridge foundations, and other areas which are constantly in contact with water. Common shot rock material includes granite and limestone.

Shot rock can vary greatly in size depending on its application and can range anywhere from 10-60cm. The size of shot rock typically depends on specific project requirements. Shot rock is known for its durability and ‘natural’ look however when not placed correctly, can have negative implications for animals who frequently traverse the area.

Shot rock is commonly sourced from large industrial sites where large rock faces need to be removed. Stone sold as shot rock can typically be broken up with the use of controlled blasting and hydraulic hammers - producing large ‘boulder-sized’ material.

If you are seeking further information on shot rock or shot rock supply, you can contact our quarry supply professionals at 1300 291 130.

How does Shot Rock Work?

Shot rock can theoretically work in different ways, depending on the intended purpose and overall design of a project. Typically, when used along shorelines and bridge abutments, shot rock acts as an effective protection mechanism.

Shot Rock mostly works by absorbing or deflecting the impact of rushing water and waves by dispersing energy and slowing the water current - lessening erosion capabilities. Shot Rock can also protect against foreign debris and unforeseen impacts. Here is how the function of shot rock can change depending on application:


Shot rock when utilised along shorelines will primarily work by limiting erosion associated with waves and water currents.

River bends

Shot rock when utilised for river bends and outer banks will primarily work by mitigating and dispersing significant force of the water, against the bank.

Bridge support

Shot rock when utilised for bridges and support ways will primarily work by adding a protective layer to reduce impact damage strain.

What is Shot Rock used for?

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Shot Rock has a diverse range of commercial applications being used primarily for stream restoration, erosion prevention, and stabilisation. Shot rock can also be used for wider landscaping applications becoming increasingly popular as a decorative material.

Shot rock is commonly placed along shorelines, waterfronts, bridge foundations, slopes, and other areas where there is constant contact with rushing water. Erosion can severely compromise structures, pathways, and waterfronts - leaving shot rock as just one preventive measure. Preventing erosion through the use of materials such as shot rock can mitigate unnecessary damage and alleviate public safety risks.

Shot rock can also be used in the construction and development industries as a fill material given its size and durability.

Shot Rock Supply Services

As one of Australia's leading shot rock suppliers, you can always be sure you're getting the absolute best in quality and customer service when you work with the team at Boodle's Concrete.

Boodle’s Concrete services can supply shot rock all over Queensland. We are based in Chinchilla but are able to supply the surrounding areas, including Brisbane, Toowoomba, Sunshine Coast, Gold Coast, Biddenden, Gayndah, Miles, Roma, Charleville, Biloela, Emerald, Rockhampton, Gladstone and Bundaberg.

To find out more about our quarry supply services or to place an order for shot rock, or other Quarry Supplies, contact us directly on 1300 291 130.



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