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Bateman Street Bushland

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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 22nd 2019
Go Wild about these Wildflowers
The Bateman Street Bushland is 12.68 ha. of native bushland, very dense in parts.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from Bateman Street.

Many of the paths are wide, but rough, there are also many narrow paths meandering through the bush and many even narrower ones. Not suitable for wheelchairs or the mobility challenged.

Narrow path
One of the narrow paths.

Its existence is courtesy of the now abandoned, proposed Healesville freeway which would have devastated the area.

Dense bush
Some of the bush is very dense.

It is quite large and its main access is from Bateman Street, which is a no through road. Consequently, it is not easy to find, but for a peaceful walk through genuine bushland, it is worthwhile dusting off the Melways and finding it. Of course, anyone under 60 can just turn on their GPS thingamajig.


Walking through this bushland in spring splashes of yellow abound with the numerous wattle trees in full bloom, offering bright patches among the mostly dark vegetation.

Background colour.

Always spectacular in close.

At ground level many wild flowers are evident giving a colourful display. Many different species were observed, which makes a bush walk a pleasant experience.


More wildflowers.

To coin a phrase, don't smell the wildflowers, just appreciate them.

Even more wild flowers

It must be spring.

A pleasing sighting was a colony of nodding greenhood orchids. Looking top-heavy, I'm sure that even in a slight breeze they would nod. They are also known as a parrots beak orchid.

Nodding greenhood orchids
Part of the colony of nodding greenhood orchids.

White heath was the most prolific wildflower seen, its white flowers standing out from the background of other plants.

White heath
White heath - the predominant wildflower.

For a large area few birds were observed. The usual noisy miners were evident by their chattering, which makes them easy to see and photograph.

Noisy miners
A tree full of noisy miners.

Only two currawongs were seen, one perching nicely near me.

A fluffy currawong.

Seek it out for a colourful and peaceful walk.
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Where: Bateman Street Bushland. Bateman Street, Wantirna. Melways map: 63. F.4.
Cost: free
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Those flowers would be good subjects for some macro photography.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 436 days ago
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