Organ Pipes National Park, Keilor

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The Organ Pipes National Park, abbreviated as OPNP, is a national park located in the Central region of Victoria, Australia. The 121ha protected area was established with the focus on conservation of the native flora and fauna, and preservation of the geological features in the Jacksons Creek, a part of the valley, north-west of Melbourne. It is situated in a deep gorge in the grassy, basalt Keilor plains.Within Organ Pipes National Park, the valley walls of Jacksons Creek expose Pleistocene volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. These 2.5 to 2.8 million year-old basalt lavas, commonly known as "trap rock," fractured during cooling into vertically standing, hexagonal basalt columns. These columns are locally known as the "organ pipes" for which this park is named. Over the last one to two million years, the slow cutting by Jackson Creek of its valley down into the basaltic plains and through the underlying trap rock exposed these geological structures. The bottom of the valley of Jackson Creek also exposes a prehistoric buried creek valley, which is cut into 400 million year-old (Silurian) mudstones and sandstones. The bottom of this buried valley contains ancient creek gravel. Both the ancient river valley and the Silurian sedimentary rock lies buried beneath the basaltic volcanic rocks of the New Volcanic Group. Marine fossils that are found in the Silurian sedimentary rocks demonstrate that they accumulated beneath a prehistoric ocean.
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  • The rock formations here are interesting. You do need to be in decent shape to see them all as you will do quite a bit of walking. The visitors center was closed when we were there & we were unable to...  more »
  • The Organ Pipes Park is a small, nice spot to visit. The walks are super easy, mainly on flat surfaces. The Organ Pipes rock formation is interesting but the other two features at the park are very av...  more »
  • Visit the Australian bush almost on the doorstep to the city! Every family in Melbourne should make the short trip to this amazing setting. The kids loved making up stories about the rock formations, ...  more »
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  • This is a must do while you are in Melbourne. The park is near the main airport, only a short drive from the city center. It reveals so much natural and geological wonder hidden in such a metropolis. Being here you can only be in awe completely. Look around the surrounding hills and you may even spot some kangaroos or wallabies.
  • This is one of my favourite walks. It is a great, mostly paved loop trail located in Melbourne's western suburbs. Easy enough to navigate with a pram if you need. The hill is a bit steep and may be a bit tough for some, especially on the way up. There benches set up along the way to make it easier. The trail can be broken up in chunks so you're not forced to see all 3 rock formations.
  • If you like the nature, walking, hiking it is a must! You don’t spend over than 2 and a half hours. It’s a amazing place, plenty of beauty! Toilets in good condition. Picnic areas.
  • a treasure right at our door step! expecting it to be parched and brown, i was surprised to see how lush and green it is with jacksons creek meandering and rippling through it. overrun with rabbits and noxious weeds, thanks to ranger jack layle they have all disappeared! fantastic place for a day trip for a walk and picnic after.
  • Three interesting rock formations to look at, although you can't get up close enough to touch two of them due to the river. It doesn't take long to walk from the car park round all three sites, only an hour. So if you allow time to stop for photos, rest and snacks you can easily get it all done in half a day. A good trip for parents with kids wanting to do something outdoors and a little more active than screen time!

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