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Anthony Drive, Chirnside Park

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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 October 10th 2020
This walk has a surprise ending
Anthony Drive is only around 1.5 kms in length as it meanders from Parklands Avenue to a surprise ending.

street sign
We are here.

It's really a non-descript street with many of the houses almost 50 years old, but at its northern end (a no-through road) a newly developed area sprouts some McMansions on large blocks. But that is not the surprise ending to this drive.

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The mostly well-established gardens are a feature of this walk, with almost a constant array of colourful flowers and shrubs.

daisys
Daisies galore.


rhododendrons
Rhododendrons.

There are no footpaths on either side of Anthony Drive and some residents have extended their garden to the roadside, which makes for an interesting visual sight.

verge garden
Gardening on the verge.

At one point several larger trees overhang the nature strip, with a tunnel cut through for pedestrian traffic.

overhanging tree
A tunnel through the overhang.


pine needles
Magnificent colouring.

Many of the street trees were bottle brushes, giving a vivid display of their red flowers.

bottlebrush
Can't miss these.


crab apple blossom
Crab apple tree in blossom.

Several birds were observed in the street trees. Several crested pigeons and a wattle bird were the two that posed for me.

crested pigeon
Crested Pigeon.


wattle bird
Wattle bird.

Many residents have landscaped the area around their letterboxes, which hopefully gives a little visual joy to the post persons as they deliver the mail.

letter box
Visual joy for the post person.

With no footpaths, most walkers use the road, but as it is a quiet street and a no through road, only local traffic is the norm.

kids on bikes
It's a quiet street.


couple walking
No footpaths.

If exercise is your intent, then use the road, but if an appreciation of the floral exhibits is your purpose, a soft walk on the grass verge will be rewarded.



Magnolia
One of the magnolia family.

Appreciation of the floral exhibits come in two degrees. Mass plantings and a mass of blooms on one tree, or close examination of the beauty of a single specimen.

azaleas
A mass of Azaleas.


orange flowers
Stunning.


lavender
Lavender, just magnificent.

Nearing the end of Anthony Drive, the road starts to rise when the residential houses end. It is here that large houses on acreage appear.

horses
At the high point in Anthony Drive.

It is at this point the surprise awaits you. The Chirnside Park Wetlands. As the normal residential houses end, a path slowly descends to a series of lakes in a valley.

Wetlands entrance
The path leading to the wetlands.

A compacted gravel walking path circles the lakes giving exceptional water views.

wetlands lake
The largest lake.


lakeside path
Lakeside path.

The lakes are a mecca for water birds and a large number of different species have been seen there.

Swamp hen
Swamphen among the reeds.

This path would be suitable for wheelchairs as after the gentle slope at the start (and end) of the walk the path is wide and level.

With the current travel restrictions, local residents appear to gravitate to the wetlands for their daily exercise and maybe discovering more of their neighbourhood.
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Why? It's an unique experience
When: Anytime
Where: Anthony Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. F.4 - E1.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Stunning photos of flowers in the neighborhood. Love your articles , Neil.
by annie (score: 0|6) 19 days ago
Although called Chirnside Park Drain it is a pleasant mini-valley to walk and enjoy the land and water scapes.north, all the way from or to Kinberly Drive Reserve.
by tauru (score: 1|12) 19 days ago
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