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Bastow 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 September 11th 2021
This walk has many high points
This road starts at Summit Road and winds its way back to Summit Road 1.1 kms later.

Bastow Road.
Bastow Road.

There are no flat bits, it's either uphill or downhill, depending on the direction of travel. It is a well-established area of large and deep blocks with most houses well back from the road.

Bastow Road.
It's downhill from here.

A single deep red daisy stood out against the green background. That was only one of many daisies that were in full flower

red daisy

Daisies poking through.

Daisies en masse.

Well-established properties mean well-established gardens which mean many mature trees. Three that were out in bloom were a broom, an acacia and a wattle.

yellow flowering trees
Three shades of yellow.

Banksia trees, shrubs and small plants were flourishing in many gardens as were bottle brushes and hebe bushes.

Banksia bush.

bottle brush & hebe.
Bottle brush and hebe.

Despite the steepness of Bastow Road, many people were out walking themselves and their dogs. One cyclist was seen peddling at a great pace, but he was going downhill.

Walkers with dogs.
With and without canines.

A good turn of speed.

The road is built on the side of a hill and many of the residents have a nice elevated view of the distant landscape.

scenic view.
Many views like this are seen.

A few camellias and acacias brightened up the walk as did a display of three different colourings of grevilleas.

Camellia & azalea
Camellia and azalea.

Three different grevilleas.

Even brighter were several patches of pigface succulents. Several flowering kalanchoe succulents, both as singular plants or groupings added colour to many gardens. Two other single stem succulents looked good including a black one.

Pig face, a colourful ground cover.
Kalanchoe plants
Kalanchoe plants.


Despite the abundance of trees and shrubs, few birds were seen. Several currawongs alighted onto the inner branches of a gum tree. A wattlebird chose more inner branches of a conifer to feed. The only other bird I saw was an unusual shape perched on an overhead wire. With its hooked beak, I think it was a grey butcherbird.

Currawong & wattle bird.
Currawong and a wattle bird somewhere within the tree.

butcher bird.
Butcher bird.

A feature of many well-established areas with large blocks is the variety of mailboxes. Two that attracted my camera were an old milk churn and a miniature house.

mail boxes.
Ready for the post.

One large front garden had a picturesque terraced area and one of the few fences was a picket. Another picket fence almost had a lychgate. A rusting garden lamp fitted into the almost rustic neighbourhood very well.

Terracing and picket fence.
Terracing and picket fence.

Picket fence and garden lamp.
Picket fence and garden lamp.

An unusual garden ornament was a smiling gentleman sitting cross-legged looking very smug. The bear enveloped in a plastic bag didn't look as happy.

garden figure and toy bear.
The man looks smug and the bear is not glad to be wrapped.

A trend these days seems to be trees planted in large pots, often as a feature on verandas or in gardens.

trees in pots
Trees in pots.

Only one magnolia tree was seen and several groups of clivias added colour. A few vinca ground covers were evident and a few geraniums.

magnolias & clivias
Magnolias & clivias.

Vinca flower & geranium.
Single flowers do look nice.

Growing in gardens and on the verge were many blue poker type flowers which I think were pride of madeira plants. Definitely unidentified was a mass of small red flowers and some bright pink flower heads.

Pride of Madeira bush
Pride of madeira bushes.

pink & red flowers.
The unidentified ones.

After reaching the end of Bastow Road, you can continue along Summit Road to meet up with the other end of Bastow for a 1.9 km scenic circuit.

Street sign
We are here.

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Why? It's excellent exercise.
When: Anytime
Where: Bastow Road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. H.5.
Cost: Free
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