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Bellbird Park Walk

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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 August 5th 2019
No bellbirds heard, but others seen
Between the Lilydale Lake Wetlands and the start of the Olinda Creek Trail at Hull Road is the Bellbird Park Walk. It is only about 1.5 kms in length and mostly follows the Olinda Creek.

Park sign
Welcome to Bellbird Park.

I suggest you park in the Lilydale Lake car park and start your walk passing the lake wetlands, where you often see ducks and swamphens.

Swamp hen
A Swamphen at home.

Swamphen flying
Swamphens can fly.

A short distance into your walk you will enter the wide open grassy spaces of Bellbird Park. A rotary club rotunda dominates the park sitting upon a small hill.

The hill top rotunda

If you time your walk for the first Sunday of the month, you will find Bellbird Park alive with the rotary club's monthly farmers' market. A perfect place to stop for refreshments on your return walk.

Farmers market
The view from the rotunda on market day.

After traversing Bellbird Park, the path leads to Bellbird Drive, which you follow for about 500 metres, with McMansions on the right and a lovely bushy creek on your left. Definitely, an eyes left walk, although most of the houses would be quiet peaceful abodes.

Ducks are often feeding in Bellbird Park.

Uphill path
The path from Bellbird Park to Bellbird Drive.

On this section don't forget to look up, as birds can often be seen perched in many of the large trees along the creek.

Feathered friends.

The path then re-enters more wetlands, consisting of three small lakes, all surrounded by reeds which provide homes for many fauna. Swamphens were mostly seen, with a few ducks and a solitary coot. No doubt there are many frogs living in the area.

Small lake.
One of the three lakes.

A swimming coot.

Swimming duck.

Throughout the area are numerous wattle trees, both large and small and when flowering, they provide a constant golden vista.

Wattle blooms
Many wattle are ablaze with colour.

Walking dogs
Can be busy.

This area is now named the Olinda Creek Wetlands. It was previously named the Hull Road Wetlands. Many paths allow you to circumnavigate around the lakes with several wooden bridges and boardwalks to keep your feet dry.

Wetlands sign
The new sign.

One of the bridge/boardwalks crosses over a small stream of running water with the babbling sound very soothing. A pause there with ears listening is a very nice experience. You can't help but realise that it is areas like this are essential for life as we know it.

Walker & ducks.
Ducks left, dogs right.

There is a fenced off area with a very pleasing sign reading, 'Platypus Conservation Area'. Nice to know they are still around.

It is a less crowded walk than the Lilydale Lake circuit and is popular with dog owners as there are a couple of off-leash areas.

Walkers & dog.
A gentle walk.

The gravel paths are wide and flat, with only very slight rises in a couple of sections. Wheelchairs would find it to their liking.

It's a very enjoyable walk passing through open space, small lakes and almost forested areas.
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Where: Bellbird Park Walk, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. G. 7, 8, &9.
Cost: Free
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Lovely photos Neil.
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