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Organ Pipes National Park

Organ Pipes is a national park in Victoria (Australia), 23 km northwest of Melbourne.

Organ Pipes National Park

Location Victoria, Australia
Nearest City Melbourne
Latitude 37° 40' 07" S
Longitude 144° 46' 02" E
Area 121 ha
Date of Establishment 1972
Governing Bodies Parks Victoria[?]
IUCN category III

The park was established in 1972 on what was then degraded farmland around the gully formed by Jackson's Creek in an attempt to reestablish an area of the indigenous vegetation of the district, which has been almost completely lost through farming and urban development. The particular site was chosen because of the presence of several interesting geological features, including the "Organ Pipes" themselves - a pattern of vertical pipe-like rock strucks exposed by the erosion of the creek - and a "tesselated pavement", where the rock surface has been split into regular "tiles".

The Organ Pipes

Work continues to remove introduced plants and vermin, and reintroduce natural vegetation and wildlife to the park. As of 2002, large areas of trees and shrubbery are beginning to be reestablished, but the natural grasses are yet to reclaim the park. Many native animals, such as the sugar glider, are also beginning to reappear.

The park is located just off the Calder Freeway (Melways[?] map 3, grid position D3).

See also: Protected areas of Victoria (Australia)

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