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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 June 26th 2019
Something for everyone here
Antonio Park
Whitehorse Road,
Mitcham.

Melways Map 49 8.C.

Park sign
Entering from Whitehorse Road.

This largish park on the corner of Deep Creek Road has something for everyone: playground, undercover picnic shelter, BBQ and a bush walk.

Picnic shelter
The picnic shelter with playground in the background.

In one corner of the large expanse of a grassy area next to Whitehorse Road is a small playground. An undercover picnic area comprising two shelters and four tables and seats, is near the centre of the well maintained grass area. A barbecue is nearby.

Picnic shelter
The picnic shelter with the off-road car park behind.


A large Monterey pine tree is a dominant feature of the area.

Monterey Pine tree
The Monterey pine tree that dominates the area.

At the northern end of the formal part of the park you enter the bushland. There are several well-formed gravel pathways meandering through the bush. Although they're gravel they are flat so wheelchairs would have no problems negotiating them.

Bush pathway
Entering the bush area.


Bush pathway
A bushy path.


Several signs advise to keep dogs on a leash and a snake symbol suggests caution, which would be advisable in hot weather.

sign
Good advice to walkers.

One pleasant surprise on my winter walk through the bush was the sighting of several specimens of white heath. Nice camera candy. In springtime I would imagine a colourful display of other wildflowers would be an attraction in this short bush walk.

Heath
A specimen of several heath flowers.

Rounding a corner on one path I noticed a bird sitting right in the middle of the path. Closer inspection revealed it was a common pigeon.

Pigeon
A pigeon encounter.

The bush area ends at Edgerton Road, but Antonia Park continues across the road to a narrow area following Deep Creek.

Bush pathway
The path along Deep Creek.

A flash of colour revealed a rainbow lorikeet landing on a dead tree branch almost above my head. More camera candy.

Rainbow lorikeet
The brightly coloured rainbow lorikeet.

Like most suburban parks someone walking their dog is always encountered and adds a human, and a canine, touch to photos.

Walking the dog.
A girls best friend with girl.

An off street car park can be accessed from Deep Creek Road, which is ideal if you wish to have a picnic or a short bush walk.

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Why? Picnic or walk in a suburban park
Where: Antonio Park, Whitehorse Road, Mitcham
Cost: Free
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