Organ Pipes National Park
Organ Pipes National Park

Organ Pipes National Park travel guide: what to do & see

Organ Pipes National Park, Australia @Proleaf Pty Ltd

How far is the park from Melbourne?

30 km, 30 minutes

Why should I visit Organ Pipes National Park?

Organ Pipes National Park is virtually a suburb of Melbourne. People can commute further every day to work. Organ Pipes is an underrated gem of Victoria worthy of repeat visits to absorb the energy of a natural place.

The park was established in 1972. Settlers had cleared land, there are even the remains of a homestead. Together with volunteers and the park ranger an extensive revegetation programme is restoring indigenous vegetation to the park. Wildlife is returning with swamp wallabies, platypus in Jackson Creek as well as bird life.


Organ Pipes Walk

Length 2.4 km

Grade flat surface however the path is steep in some areas.

The car park surface is ancient weathered volcanic scoria that is millions of years old. And it is now the park surface. Volcanic scoria is a light rock due to the immense pressure of displayed air while the rock was molten.

Follow the path from the Visitor Centre and take the short but steep path of the Organ Pipes Walk to discover the iconic basalt columns resembling organ pipes. There are tables and toilets along the way, where you can enjoy a secluded picnic in peaceful surroundings with teasing glimpses of the fascinating rock structure ahead.

Hanging gloriously above the picturesque stream of Jacksons Creek, the Organ Pipes Rock Formation was formed by the cooling of an ancient lava field which flowed over a million years ago. From here, either return via the same route back to the car park if you’re strapped for time, or continue on to see all the natural wonders the park has to offer.

Volunteers are the park custodians and passionate supporters.

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The Organ Pipes National Park is testament to what can be achieved not only for education but also the social wellbeing that the natural environment offers. This benefits the general public as well as overseas visitors and because it is so close to Melbourne it is probably the first national park that they visit.

For the future, FOOPS hopes the Organ Pipes National Park will evolve to become more of an educational and research centre that offers flora and fauna in the field studies for schools and universities.


There is a farmhouse ruin in the park that was last habited in the 1920s on land purchased by John Pascoe Fawkner that could be ideal for a school to adopt and maintain. They also have a very much under-utilised visitors centre now officially named The Jack Lyale Conservation Learning Centre after the park’s very first ranger. FOOPS is trying to get schools to use it as an on-site classroom after their study tours instead of having to get on the bus and rush back to school.

Friends of Organ Pipes National Park is an Incorporated Association registered with Consumer Affairs Victoria.

I encourage Melbourne residents to support the Friends of Organ Pipes.

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