What is bluestone?
Australian bluestone is a naturally occurring rock type commonly known as Victorian basalt. Basalt forms at or near the surface and in Australia is typically quarried from volcanic lava flows. Over 300 million years ago, lava flows from Mt Rouse collided and formed the fine-grained basalt we call Bamstone bluestone.
Bluestone is a popular stone product to use throughout indoor and outdoor environments due to its attractive finish and durability. The blue-grey colour tones can suit a variety of architectural styles including both modern and traditional. Bluestone is generally considered to be strong, dense, durable and stain resistant.
In Victoria, bluestone is seen as an integral part of the local history and the earthy colour range is effectively used to blend the contemporary and natural environments. Another advantage of choosing Australian bluestone is the large variety of formats, sizes, and surface textures available. Bamstone bluestone products are made to order meaning there is limitless design potential for your project.
What should I learn, understand and appreciate about natural Australian bluestone?
As a natural stone, Australian bluestone was formed by nature and not in a factory. It can vary in appearance and physical properties throughout the quarry, just like other natural stones. Bamstone undergo constant testing and quality checks to ensure a consistent and premium supply of Australian bluestone. Whilst it is important to ensure thorough evaluation of the stone’s variability, this same variability also makes every piece unique, meaning every project that uses natural stone can be distinctive. One of the things we appreciate most about natural stone is that every piece has a story to tell and its uniqueness must be celebrated.
What characteristics and qualities should architects, designers and engineers look for when buying bluestone?
Dimensional stability and mineral composition is important. There are some types of bluestone that are not dimensionally stable and can warp at some paver formats and thicknesses – this is not a common challenge for Australian bluestone due to its unique composition, but there are some imported products that have been known to warp when exposed to moisture.
Another element to consider is that the visual characteristics of the stone meet your requirements. The vesicular ‘cats paw’ nature is the principal difference that makes Australian bluestone an iconic feature of Melbourne and surrounds. These ‘cat paws’ are recognised as a heritage feature of Melbourne buildings and walkways.
Why is stone testing important for stone suppliers and manufacturers?
The purpose of industry stone testing is to determine the properties of the material. By testing your product, you can build confidence in the product and its fitness for use in public and private spaces. Stone is a natural product, and you really need to understand its strengths, weaknesses, and any variability. Stone Initiatives have conducted extensive research and testing over the years and found repeatedly that the natural bluestone resource at our local quarry site is of incredible quality, setting the bar high on a global scale. This makes us extremely proud and confident in our supply of premium products.
Discover more about stone testing.
What are the benefits of sourcing Bamstone bluestone for streetscape and civil works?
- Increase efficiencies and receive a consistent and supply of Australian bluestone in the years to come. Since 1975, the use of Australian Bamstone bluestone has become increasingly prevalent throughout Australia and around the world (New Zealand, London, USA, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia, Lebanon, Hong Kong and Japan). Unique to Bamstone, all raw basalt material is sourced from the same Mt Rouse lava flow in south-west Victoria, close to the company’s production facility in Port Fairy. We are dedicated to ensuring the longevity of a natural resource and greater supply capacity of consistently high grade raw material. Ownership of licensed Victorian quarry sites ensures consistent and sustainable supply of premium quality bluestone.
- Product first mindset and longevity. We locally source and supply premium bluestone that has an industry reputation for longevity, strength and timeless characteristics. In partnership with Stone Initiatives, all Bamstone paving products have undergone extensive qualitative and quantitative testing to assess the quality, durability and slip resistance of products. The unique material characteristics discovered by Stone Initiatives testing and 45+ years of operation conclude that Bamstone bluestone products are unsusceptible to warping, exfoliation, curling or rust upon installation. Over time, Bamstone bluestone develops further in aesthetic qualities, darkening with age and maintaining its clarity and beauty in high traffic and public areas. After the initial tracking in of the stone, Bamstone bluestone develops its own natural patina without the need for a sealant product.
- Proudly supporting an Australian business and an award winning natural Australian product.
Do Bamstone bluestone products need to be sealed?
Bamstone bluestone does not necessarily require a sealer. This depends upon the site in which the bluestone is to be installed and the requirements of the client. For further information and recommendations on what treatment, if any, is suited, we recommend you speak to one of our experienced team members at Bamstone. Our team will carefully review multiple factors and provide a recommendation that is suited. When left unsealed, Bamstone bluestone will develop a natural patina over time.
What are the production lead times for Bamstone bluestone?
Bamstone cut and process all bluestone products locally in south west Victoria. Lead times are dependent on the production schedule at the time of ordering and the scale of your project. For more information, contact our sales team for more information via our enquiries page. We always encourage clients to get in contact early so that we can manage production schedules accordingly.
Does Bamstone offer samples?
Yes, we have a range of product samples which can distributed upon request. Submit a request for samples via our enquiries page.
Does Bamstone have a depot in Melbourne for bluestone delivery and collections?
Yes. Freight can be arranged via our partnering depot.
Paddy’s Bricks 352 Kororoit-Creek Road, Williamstown Victoria, Australia 3016.
Do I need to buy custom made Bamstone bluestone products or do you have stock on hand readily available?
Bamstone bluestone products are made to order. However, we also have a range of products readily available and in stock. Contact our team to learn more about stock on hand.
Do Bamstone supply bluestone throughout Australia and the world?
Yes. Since Bamstone was founded in 1975, the use of Australian Bamstone bluestone has occurred in many states of Australia and has become increasingly prevalent throughout the world as our products have been exported to New Zealand, London, USA, Singapore, Fiji, Malaysia, Lebanon, Hong Kong and Japan. Regardless of your location, we can create and supply natural Bamstone products tailored to your unique project requirements.
What are the different finishes available for Bamstone bluestone products?
There are a variety of product finishes that can be achieved including diamond sawn, honed, bush hammered, grit blasted, tumbled, pitched and polished.
Choosing the right product finish for your design project is important. Learn more about our range of finishes via our product pages.
We also encourage our clients to contact our team and learn more about the design, longevity and functionality of each product finish.
Where is Bamstone bluestone? Are Bamstone products Australian made?
Bamstone is proudly Australian made and has been in operation since 1975. Our head office and manufacturing facility is located in Port Fairy – a seaside town on the south west coast of Victoria. Unique to Bamstone, all raw basalt material is sourced from the same Mt Rouse lava flow, close to the company’s production facility. We are dedicated to ensuring the longevity of a natural resource and greater supply capacity of a high-grade raw material. Ownership of licensed Victorian quarry sites ensures a consistent and sustainable supply of premium quality bluestone. This unique point of difference is highly appealing to those developing large scale civil and commercial projects as they can invest in additional bluestone products from the same lava flow many years later. We love the fact that we can connect our brand with the Australian Made logo and feel that it is not only important to remain Australian made, but to remain local.