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Organ Pipes National Park

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The Organ Pipes, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava, are the most well known feature of the park. Enjoy a picnic, a walk and the spring wattle blossom.

Things to do
- The park is an excellent place for picnics, walks, bird observing and photography.
- Stand on the viewing platform - the basalt Keilor Plains all around you are part of one of the world's largest lava flows.
- Walk down the path to view the 'organ pipes' - a set of basalt columns formed by lava.
- Look for yellowish sandstones and mudstones across the creek 200 metres downstream from the 'organ pipes'.
- Fossils in these rocks suggest they are sedimentary rocks laid down under the sea about 400 million years ago.
- Walk upstream about 400 metres past the 'organ pipes' and see Rosette Rock - a radial array of basalt columns like the spokes of a wheel.
- Look at the Tessellated Pavement, the tops of basalt columns.
- Enjoy a picnic while looking out for waterbirds, blue wrens, cockatoos, rosellas, magpies and wedge-tailed eagles.

Before you go
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Local directions:

Organ Pipes National Park is close to the Calder Highway, 20 km north-west of Melbourne (Melway ref: 3 D4). The park is open from 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM daily, extending to 6:00 PM on weekends and public holidays during daylight saving.

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