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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  • One of the greatest parts of this park is how easy it is to get to! There are three natural formations to see when you’re there, not just the organ pipes. Reading about the rock formations is so inter...  more »
  • We went for bush walking here and saw moly enjoyed it. Be prepared for a steep walk and we were lucky to find thick branches which ch we used as walking sticks. The organ rock formation is a sight not...  more »
  • this national treasure is right at our doorstep for nice easy walks and picnic in the park. although it is steep slope to the creek, it is a beautiful walk in this lush area. expect to spend an hour t...  more »
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  • This park is amazing. The pipes are stunning. And the park is dedicated to bat revervation. We were lucky to be there while the rangers were doing research on large forest bats. Those little fluffy cuties are just adorable. A very wonderful park to learn a lot about nature.
  • 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.
  • For a National Park that's not too far from Melbourne it is OK. Nice way to spend an hour as it doesn't take long at all to walk around. Steep descent from the car park for the first couple of minutes.
  • 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.
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