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Blacks Walk Reserve

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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 February 21st 2020
Blacks Walk is a bright idea
Blacks Walk reserve is one of three reserves which jointly are called the Blackburn Creeklands Reserve.

Reserve entrance
The entrance from Pakenham Street.

It is bounded by Middleborough Road and Pakenham Street. There is ample off road parking in Pakenham Street, opposite the entrance to Blacks Walk Reserve.

wide path.
The paths are wide.

Running through the centre of the reserve is Gardiners Creek with the gravel paths circling the creek allowing a walk on both sides.

The south side path borders some open grassy areas and passes through many mature gums, which gives the impression of walking through the woods rather than through a forest.

gum trees
Part of the open grassy area.

dog walker
Off path, not off-leash.

At the Middleborough Road end, Gardiners Creek runs under the road and nearby is an illustrated sign informing that it is part of the Whitehorse Artist's Trail. The painting depicted is Dewy Eve by Tom Roberts painted in the area around 1888.

Gardiners Creek
Gardiners Creek.

ArtistsTrail sign.
The Artists Trail sign.

The north side path is a little undulating and would be hard going for wheelchairs. It passes through some heavy bush and undergrowth areas

View from the north path.

There is a playground at the Pakenham Street end set in a mulched area and shaded by nearby trees.

The playground.

Only three birds were seen. Many were heard but kept their distance. A noisy miner spent some time scratching around mulched area.

noisy miner
Noisy miner.

A loud screeching noise was heard overhead and two rainbow lorikeets made sure their presence was known. I think one was off-key.

two lorikeets.
Rainbow lorikeet duo.

The human count on the walk was one jogger, one walker, and five dog walkers sharing three dogs.

dog walkers
Dog walkers.

dog walkers
More dog walkers.

Only one flowering bush was observed, its white flowers giving some relief to its verdant surroundings.

flowering bush
A bright spot.

tree bark
Always interesting up close.

This is a pleasant walk. It would be doubly pleasant on a hot day as most of the walk is in the shade.

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Why? An easy walk for man and beast.
When: anytime
Cost: Free
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