I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on mainly Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published February 5th 2019
You don't need to be bushy tailed to enjoy this walk
The Brushy Creek Trail mostly follows the Brushy Creek from Mooroolbark to the Maroondah Highway in North Croydon.
For ease of parking, I suggest you park in the carpark opposite the Mooroolbark station carpark in Manchester Road. The trail begins next to the railway line and the asphalt path follows the creek to Dianne Crescent.
The trail then picks up the creek again and follows it to Bellara Road. Here you have the choice of a grass path on the left of the creek or a concrete one on the right, both taking you to the Maroondah Highway.
My walk was on a warm weekday afternoon, but I encountered two mothers with occupied strollers, a gentleman driving an elaborate covered electric person mover, several teenagers with headphones attached, three people walking their dogs, two people on bicycles, one jogger and two postmen on motorbikes.
The creek is also home to several species of birds. A little black cormorant was spotted swimming in one of the wider sections of the creek and later five of them were spotted resting in a tall gum tree by the water's edge.
If you wish to start your walk from the Maroondah Highway end, I suggest you park in Hughes Park, opposite the start of the walk, cross the highway very carefully and enter the trail from the entrance at the start of Ramset Drive.
It is a quite pleasant walk with the occasional sounds of running water adding to your enjoyment.