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Abbey Walk Vermont

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by Neil Follett (subscribe)
I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published September 10th 2019
It's Abbey Walk, not Abbey Road, so no Beatles
Abbey Walk, the street, is a continuation of Heatherdale Road from Ringwood. This short, 700 metre walk flows along the west bank of the Dandenong Creek to Boronia Road.

Creek walk
The path between creek and bush.

Between Abbey Walk and the walking track is a large open grassy area.

Open grass
The grassy area at the Abbey Walk entrance.

Once the path is reached it is wide, compacted and level and would be a good short experience for wheelchairs. It is between the creek and bush and many birds were seen flitting between and amongst the thick foliage.

A duck almost out of water.

Several ducks were swimming in the creek waters, adding to the interest of this walk.

Wood duck.
A wood duck gently swimming.

Several of the ever present noisy miners were seen feeding both in trees and on the ground.

Noisy miner
A quiet noisy miner.

An introduced species and considered a pest is the Indian myna. Several were seen, as were several crows and magpies.

Indian myna
An Indian myna resting.

I spotted and photographed a bird type I had not seen before. My bird reference book thought it could be a butcher bird, but the face markings were not quite right.

Butcher bird?
Is this a butcher bird?

On the other side of Dandenong Creek is the Dandenong Creek Trail, a cycling and pedestrian trail following the Dandenong Creek for over 43 kms. It is very popular with cyclists and during my return journey along Abbey Walk, I saw over 30 cyclists and only one pedestrian.

Two of the many cyclists seen on the other side of the creek.

Apart from a couple of bench seats there are no other facilities. Dogs are welcome, but must be on a leash.

The wide path and bench.

At the Boronia Road end of the walk, it borders Campbells Croft Reserve a large bush area, but that is another story.

My walk was in early spring and only one wildflower was observed. It appeared to be a member of the pea family with its bright yellow flowers contrasting with the dark background.

The bright yellow stands out.

At the Abbey Walk end, there is a bridge across the Dandenong Creek and this makes a good viewing platform to look up and down the creek. Be aware that many cyclists also use the bridge.

Being a short level walk it would be ideal for the mobility challenged
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Where: Abbey Walk Vermont VIC 3133
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hello Neil, enjoy your posts, keep them coming! The bird looks to be a Magpie- lark to me and the yellow flowering plant to be a major weed called gorse- huge weed pest as almost indestructible. Cheers.
by coora (score: 1|23) 413 days ago
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