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Allenby Road, Lilydale

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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 July 13th 2021
Don't miss the white hands on the blue tree
This one-kilometre road winds from Hull Road to Edinburgh Road. The Hull Road end is elevated and gives some pleasant views to distant hills.

Allenby Road.
Allenby Road showing the view to distant hills.

It's almost semi-rural with very large blocks and modern large houses. They have large front yards and some interesting garden ornaments. Several have fountains but only one was operating.

large garden fountain.
The operating fountain.

garden fountain
A non-operating fountain.

Surprisingly, very few flowers were featured. A brilliant red rose bush was one of the first seen and a grevillea with a more subtle colour.

red rose bush
These were visible from afar.


Of similar shades were a couple of agapanthuses and a large bush of lavender.


A mass of lavender.

A few properties had garden lamps for both ornamental and practical purposes. All were modern examples, not the old types often seen.

Modern garden lamp.
Modern garden lamp.

There was one old lantern, named "little lantern" presiding over some ornamental snails.

Lantern garden.
The little lantern.

Approaching one driveway, the peace was broken by loud and aggressive barking. What I first thought was a white dog and an ugly brown one objecting to my passing. My long camera lens showed a fluffy white dog and an ugly brownstone creature.

white dfog.
Barking dog and friend.

The next canine encounter was two real dogs, barking at me from behind a mesh fence.

two dogs behind fence.
Two real dogs.

A tiger was seen in one garden, holding a premiership cup, naturally, the concrete tiger was wearing a Richmond jumper.

Richmond tiger.
Holding the trophy.

Near the Edinburgh, end is a large grassy area with two large ponds. I was surprised and disappointed that no water birds were present on the water. A rope hanging from a branch looked like a swing for some local children.

swinging rope.
Swinging rope.

This large grassy area produced some interesting finds. A mushroom, pine cones and a scotch thistle. Some gum nuts from another area completed a foursome of small flora.

Four flora.
Small, but interesting.

The only pedestrian seen was a gentleman walking across the grassy area.

grassy area.
The grassy area.

A few camellia trees were in full bloom, as was a small banksia shrub.

white camellia
White camellia.

banksia bush
Banksia bush.

One tree with a difference was a long dead one, half painted blue with many white hands extending up the trunk.

blue tree.
The blue tree.

At the time of writing road works were in progress, only allowing local traffic to pass. When completed it will be a pleasant, almost in the country walk.

road works
Road works.

road works
Work in progress.

A reminder of the country was a windmill and a pair of boots hanging on a fence.

Very country.

Boots hanging on fence.
These boots are not walking.

Very few birds were seen until on my return walk with a group of magpies feeding on a grass verge.

Two magpies.
Two magpies.

One magpie.

Another magpie was sitting upon overhead wires, being harassed by a noisy miner.

Magpie & noisy miner.
Magpie & noisy miner.

It's a quiet road with some gentle slopes and interesting gardens.

road sign
This was your walk.

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Why? A lot to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Allenby Road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E.12.
Cost: Free
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