Sawn Rocks .. Portrait view by Michael Matthews

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The organ piped cliff face of Sawn Rocks in the Mount Kaputar National Park.

After a 33km detour off the main road (just north of Narrabri) you arrive at a carpark & then follow the easy track which ends at Sawn Rocks less than a kilometre away.

Sawn Rocks is a 40 metre basalt cliff face featuring perpendicular hexagonal shaped rocks, resembling a giant series of organ pipes.
Over thousands of years, some of the enormous slabs of rock have fallen to the bed of Bobiwaa Creek below, resembling the crumbled pillars of an ancient or roman temple.

Torrents of water over the ensuring years have eroded away the loose dirt exposing Sawn Rocks. Amongst the clear rock pools and the smooth rock bed of the creek at the base of the formation, that the rock is fractured into hexagonal shapes identical to the cliff face. It is believed that these plunge a further 60 metres into the earth below.

Geologists attribute the formation to the fast cooling of the upper layers of molton rock following the fiery upheaval caused by volcanic activity 21 million years ago.

Narrabri is in the north west of New South Wales, Australia.

Photographed with a Canon 400D.

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Country born & bred but now located in Sydney, Australia.

I’m fascinated by the beauty of nature & in particular Australian native flowers & landscapes. I also love colour & anything unusual.
The Blue Mountains are my favourite spot at the moment.

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  • Hans Kawitzki
    Hans Kawitzkiover 1 year ago

    Fantastic looking cliff face

  • Glad you like it Hans. Thanks for the visit.

    – Michael Matthews

  • Cameron B
    Cameron Bover 1 year ago

    Nice shot Michael, very impressive looking cliff.

  • Saw this one in a motoring magazine & had to check it out for myself.
    Thanks a lot Cameron & thanks for the fave !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 1 year ago

    Thanks for the fave Anthony !

  • Chris Brunton
    Chris Bruntonover 1 year ago

    Pretty incredible looking cliff face. Great capture Michael.

  • Pretty amazing for sure. A short walk but a long drive to get there.
    Thanks for the compliment & fave Christina !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Michael Matthews
    Michael Matthewsover 1 year ago

    Thanks for the fave Wojtek !

  • mspfoto
    mspfotoover 1 year ago

    Ripa shot mate

  • Thanks Mark

    – Michael Matthews

  • John44
    John44over 1 year ago

    Outstanding photography Mikel

  • Thanks a lot John & thanks for the fave !

    – Michael Matthews

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 1 year ago


  • Glad you like it Lorilee. Thanks for the fave !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Fara
    Faraover 1 year ago

    Terrific image…………………….looks like a giant church organ………………………………..fantastic………………….Joyce

  • Yes, sure does. Thanks a lot Joyce & thanks for the fave !

    – Michael Matthews

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanover 1 year ago

    Very impressive Michael … I recall seeing something similar in the USA many years ago at Mammoth Lakes – I find geology fascinating – great image♥

  • Thanks Bev. The hexagonal rubble lying around was fascinating too but not as photogenic.

    – Michael Matthews

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