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Allendale Road, Croydon

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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 April 19th 2021
See the flying cockatoo
This 800-metre road runs directly from Hull Road to Lincoln Road. It is straight but has a few steep bits.

road scene
Allendale Road in autumn.

It is a well-established area with the majority of houses of weatherboard construction with front fences.

garden bed.
A composite garden bed.

Many of those fences were my favourite picket fences, two with lychgates. One lychgate was in a wire fence and a very full and colourful garden.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Lychgate & picket fence.

lych gate
Another one.

The road is a floral extravaganza of colourful and unusual flowers. More common varieties were well represented, such as Grevilleas, Lasiandra and Petunias.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Lasiandra flowers are divine.


Unusual species were a Plectranthus, a native of South Africa and a Nerine, which is a bulb.

Plectranthus plant
Plectranthus plant.

nerine bulbs
Nerine flowers.

A fruit tree almost overhanging the footpath was identified as a Pomegranate tree, full of fruit.

Pomegranate fruit.

The only foot traffic encountered was a lady with her two dogs and a lady pushing a pusher.

lady & two dogs.
Ten legs walking.

Pushing the pusher.

It's only a relatively short walk, so I was surprised to sight a 110-milepost. For the young people reading this, in pre-metric days (pre-1970s), most major roads had mileposts indicating the distance to or from Melbourne. When kilometres came in, many people 'souvenired' mileposts corresponding to their street number.

110 mile post
Miles from home.

Mother's Day must be looming as there were quite a few Chrysanthems flowering.


The highlight of this walk was when I saw a flash of white coming towards me. It was a low flying Sulphur Crested Cockatoo that kindly landed in a nearby tree to feed on something.

sulphur crested cockatoo.
On the wing.

sulphur crested cockatoo.
On the branch.

A crow was feeding on a nature strip while the only Noisy Miner seen was perched on overhead wires.

Crow in the grass.

noisy miner
High wire act.

A bird of a different kind was standing stately in one garden, a metal emu. Another garden sported an elaborate nesting box for smaller birds.

metal emu
Metal Emu.

Nesting box.
Home for small birds.

Near one front entrance was a large Buddha head with a baby Buddha resting at its base.

Buddha & child.

A white flower with streaks of red was an unusual Azalea.

Beautiful Azaleas.

Another Azalea.

A white Pandorea bush really stood out against its green leaves.

Pandorea climbing vine.

Many houses had verge gardens and a few had their fence set back from the footpath and very interesting gardens in front of the fence.

garden path
Up the garden path.

Older gardens in a large block often have large non-flowering bushes and there were a few in Allendale Road.

grey bush
A one colour bush can look attractive.

A nostalgic walk for those of us who remember the 1950s.

road sign
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Why? A floral experience.
When: anytime
Where: Allendale Road, Croydon. Melways map: 51. C.3.
Cost: Free
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