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Box Hill Gardens

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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 5th 2020
You Can Have a Garden Party Here
This large park is between Nelson Road and Station Street. It is mainly well-mown grass with many shady trees scattered throughout. The grass is green, thick and spongy to walk on.

garden sign
The sign on Nelson Road.

My visit was on a warm summer weekday early afternoon and the park was very popular, particularly under the shady trees where many were having a picnic or just resting.

The view from Nelson Road with landscaped area in foreground.

The more energetic were enjoying an easy walk, although their pace would indicate their walk was for pleasure not exercise.

With the Box Hill area becoming very popular with blocks of units, Box Hill Gardens would be a very attractive open space for the residents.

wide path & running track
Wide path with running track.

A large playground will keep the little ones amused with a variety of play things. A nice feature is two undercover seating areas for parents to watch. Two BBQs are nearby.

Playground with undercover seating in foreground.

Another part of the play area.

For the slightly older little ones, there is an area where they can practice their scooter skills, and for the even bigger ones, are basketball/netball courts.

outdoor courts
Part of the outdoor courts.

For the exercise fanatics, there is the one km. Wrightes Run, a path that runs around the park. It is named in honour of Arundel Wrighte, who was one of the first European settlers in the Box Hill district.

running track
Wide path with running track.

running track
The runners have their own path to tread.

There are a myriad of paths throughout the park, all sealed and wide and wheelchair friendly, although none of the paths are completely level as the park gently slopes down to the centre and then gently slopes up to the other side.

busy path
The paths can get busy.

The Nelson Road side is opposite Box Hill Hospital and it is a popular spot for hospital staff to devour their lunch.

A feature of the park is a nice little lake with a bridge across the centre. There is usually several ducks swimming around the lake and under the bridge, much to the delight of little ones watching from the bridge.

bridge over lake
The bridge over the lake with children looking for ducks.

children near lake
Must be something interesting.

garden lake
The lake.

The only other bird seen was a thirsty domestic pigeon, stopping at the lake for a drink.

domestic pigeon
The thirsty pigeon.

A pair of ducks.

In the low area of the park is a xerophytic garden with plants adapted to living in a dry habitat.

xerophytic garden
The xerophytic garden.

In the south-west corner is the Box Hill War Memorial, featuring a tall obelisk with a bugler atop.

war memorial
The Box Hill War Memorial.

The silent bugler.

Because it is opposite a hospital, parking in Nelson Road is at a premium attracts a parking fee. Parking in nearby streets away from the hospital would be a better option.

Also opposite the gardens, on the corner of Arnold Street is Epworth Eastern hospital where just inside the entrance is Hudsons coffee where you can enjoy a coffee and snacks.

Almost next to the gardens is the Box Hill RSL, whose bistro is open for lunch and dinner.

There are two toilet blocks, with disabled access in the park and water on tap.

drinking fountain
Drinks all round.

This is a go to destination, catering for many activities.

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Where: Nelson Road. Box Hill. Melways map: 47. C.8.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Well done again Neil. You might be interested in visiting the old Newmarket Sale yards. I am taking a Probus group for a tour around what is left of the cattle pens and old buildings. D
by johns (score: 2|115) 452 days ago
by Megan Edwards on 27/05/2012
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