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Billanook Way

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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 2nd 2020
Billanook is the way to go
way sign
We are here.

Billanook Way is a 1.5 km street in the Chirnside Village Estate.

chirnside village estate
Welcome to Chirnside Village.

It is good exercise for both local residents and anyone who wants a good workout with beautiful gardens to see.

couple & dog
Couple & dog.

The Way meanders and is quite undulating in parts, which could be a challenge to the mobility challenged.

street scene
One of the uphill sections.

The rise in elevation is a good reason to stop and photograph some of the colourful flowers that are in abundance.

One of my favourites - daisies.

How can you pass red azaleas.

It is a no through road although it has many side streets that will lead you out of the area. Although if you walk both sides of the street, coming and going, your floral rewards will be doubled.

no thru road.
The end of Billanook Way looks over verdant pastures.

The nature strips on both sides are planted with trees and with all the power and telephone cables underground, it makes for a pleasing environment.

bear looking out of window.
We are being watched.

One of the side streets you pass is Goldentree Drive. On its corner with Billanook Way is the Goldentree Reserve. This is well worth a diversion as it contains a lake, which is normally active with water birds.

The lake in Goldentree Reserve.

Another diversion is between numbers 31 & 37, in what appears to be a vacant block. Closer inspection reveals that the boundary areas have been landscaped and it is designated as a park.

The park.

The path in the park.

It was in this area that I saw the only avian activity. Many noisy miners were flying around living up to their name, before perching in the trees.

noisy miner in tree
One of the noisy miners.

A splash of distant colour manifested itself in the form of a rainbow lorikeet, perched high among a flowering gum tree. Surprisingly, no magpies were sighted.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet in tree - a splash of colour.

bottle brush
Another splash of colour.

Almost every walk I take around suburban streets, there is always a new specimen of flower to see, and Billanook Way has many.



Many local residents were out and about, either singly, with children or with the family dog.

family walk
A family walk.

I saw two gentlemen exercising with a purpose - mowing their lawn.

mowing lawn
Exercise with a purpose.

Another colourful one.

At almost every intersection a roundabout slowed all traffic, which would make it a quiet and safe area to live in, or to take a suburban stroll. The roundabouts were quite large and most were planted with low growing shrubs, adding to the verdant environment.

Pig face - their name belies their beauty.

The roundabouts, the nature strip trees and underground cables indicate how a planned housing estate can be an asset compared to older suburbs, which sometimes just seem to happen.

bottle brush
Bottlebrush, a joy to behold.

If you are a keen gardener, I recommend frequent walks along the streets in relatively new housing estates in the outer suburbs. Almost all the gardens have been landscaped rather than evolved over time and you can get some good ideas for your own plot.

front garden
Want a big back yard? Then have a small front yard.

A walk along Billanook Way will not disappoint.

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Why? It is a good suburban walk with plenty to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Billanook Way, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. F.5 to C.4
Cost: Free
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Beautifully planned area, with mature tree lined streets.
by ifaye (score: 1|25) 18 days ago
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