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New tracks for Organ Pipes National Park

Tuesday 9 April, 2013

Visitors to Organ Pipes National Park now have two new walking tracks to explore its interesting landscapes, thanks to many hours of hard work by park ranger Joe Tognolini.

The new tracks take walkers into areas of the park previously inaccessible to visitors, and connect with existing paths through the park.

The Eastern pathway starts at the visitor centre near the toilet block in the main car-park and gently descends about 600m to Jacksons Creek. It connects with the creek crossing to the other side of the park and the bottom track back up to the car park.

The West path begins at the start of the car bays when first entering the car-park. It descends steeply all the way down to the tessellated pavement at Jacksons Creek, and joins the creek track which passes Rosette Rock and leads to the Organ Pipes lookout. A bitumen road leads back uphill to the car-park.

“I’ve enjoyed making these new paths, even though it’s been a long and tough project,” says Joe. “The tracks cross some fairly steep slopes and wind around a few rocky outcrops. Machines couldn’t be used in these places so a rake-hoe was the only tool I used. It’s taken me over a hundred hours of hand work to make each track.”

Joe has also made and installed an interesting seat on the western path from a piece of fallen timber he cleared from a track in the park.

The paths have firm natural surfaces and are suitable for reasonably fit walkers as they traverse some fairly steep country. Joe says that’s part of their charm; “The tracks wind around the shape of the landscape and have some great elevated views. They will really make you feel like you’re getting away from it all.”

For more information drop into the Organ Pipe’s park office, contact Parks Victoria Information Centre on 13 1963 or visit www.parkweb.vic.gov.au

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