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Brushy Creek Linear Trail

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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 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 Mooroolbark end starts next to the railway.

The path continues as a wide compacted gravel one, which would be easily wheelchair friendly. On the right, we pass Esther Park and the Mooroolbark Soccer Ground.

Two walkers approaching one of the seats along the trail.

Veering away from the creek, we enter the Barngeong Reserve, which boasts two sports ovals, a playground and a picnic table among the gum trees.

The wide path makes easy walking.

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.

Man walking dog
Dogs are welcome if on lead.

Both sides give you good views of the creek as it widens in several parts to give the appearance of small lakes or billabongs.

One of the wider sections of Brushy Creek.

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.

cormorant swimming
A Little Black Cormorant searching for food.

Birds in tree
Two little black cormorants perched in a gum tree.

Two ducks were spied on the other side of the creek, just sitting.

Two ducks on the waters edge.

In a narrow, but shaded area two dusky moorhens were swimming lazily, almost in small circles looking for their dinner.

Dusky moor hen
A dusky moor hen looking for food.

The walk is about two kms each way and is very level. Several seats are provided along the way to rest and a water fountain is located next to the playground in Barngeong Park to quench your thirst.

Another view of one of the wider sections.

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.
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Where: 435 Maroondah Highway Croydon North VIC 3136
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