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Botanica Drive 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 1st 2020
You don't need to be a botanist to enjoy Botanica Drive
Botanica Drive in Chirnside Park is part of the former Chirnside Park Golf Course. Running parallel along much of the western side of the drive is a linear reserve.

Street sign
We are here.

A wide concrete path meanders past grassy areas and through many old-growth trees, remnants of the former golf course.

meandering path.
The wide and solid path.

Although wide and solid, the path has a few steepish sections, which would be a challenge to wheelchairs.

Busy path
Very popular on a fine day.

The whole area is on a slope and being on the high side of Botanica Drive affords nice views over the adjacent houses to the distant hills. Several park benches are placed along the path to sit and enjoy the view.

seat with view
One of the park benches offering distant views.

At the southern end is an undercover picnic area and a drinking fountain, the only facilities on the walk.

picnic shelter
Have your picnic with a view.

This area has been landscaped and many bushes and shrubs have been planted. The whole reserve is well maintained by the Yarra Ranges Council.

red tipped bush
There were many of these.

The only colourful flora seen are some early wattle blooms and some pine tree flowers.

Spring is coming.

pine flowers
Pine flowers.

There are several entrance paths from Botanica Drive giving local residents an entrance almost opposite their front yard.

The reserve is not very wide, but there are parts where you are totally immersed within a treed area with no vision of nearby houses.
No suburbia in sight.

Many birds were seen and heard. No one species was predominant. The everywhere magpies were there, both in trees and in the grass.

Magpie in grass.

Only one Noisy Miner was seen, as was a single Spotted Dove.

noisy miner
The only Noisy Miner seen.

spotted dove
The Spotted Dove.

A pleasant surprise was a pair of Galahs, noisily arriving on a long-dead tree.

A shy Galah.

two galahs
A close encounter of the feathered kind.

The area would be ideal for local children to practice their riding skills under the watchful eye of their parents.

family walk
A family outing.

An added attraction to Botanica Drive is at the northern end, well past the walk, is the named Botanica Reserve, whose main feature is a fenced off extensive playground. Part of the fence is in the form of large coloured pencils and is colloquially named "the pencil park." It is at Melways map: 38. A.2.

reserve sign
Botanica reserve sign at 'pencil park.'

pencil park
Pencil park playground with pencil fence in background.

My walk on a sunny Sunday morning saw many local residents enjoying their local facility. It was also enjoyed by many dogs, children in pushers and on their tiny bikes.

A stroll with a stroller.

For residents of Botanica Drive, it is exercise at their front door.
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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: Anytime
Where: Botanica Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 39. K.4.
Cost: Free
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