Saturday, February 28, 2015

Organ Pipes National Park, Keilor

So, we'd driven past the signpost to the Organ Pipes approximately 8 bazillion times before we decided to stop one day.
Had never Googled it, had never even heard about it - apart from that brown signpost on the Calder, that we would whizz past on our way to/from someplace else.
Organ Pipes National Park
The walking trail, about 1km,  was easily navigated on the flat circuit, but the gravel was a little bit slippery on the descent and the climb back up was fairly steep. (We're not seasoned hikers and if we can do it, anybody can).

Formed about a million years ago from molten lava from nearby volcanoes, the lava cooled and cracked, forming tubes that resemble organ pipes. 

When you hear the rumble of a jet taking off at Tullamarine, look to the top of this hill and you'll probably see it soaring above the cliff top.

Organ Pipes National Park
The pipes reflect beautifully in the creek that flows right through the park.
Organ Pipes National Park
Keep an eye out for kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and eagles around the parkand and we also spotted a Tawny Frogmouth nesting in a tree right next to the trail. 

Where: Calder Fwy, Keilor North
When: Daily 8:30 - 4:30
Why:Nature, Walks, Wildlife
How Much: FREE

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