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Campbells Croft 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 September 11th 2019
Catch a glimpse of the Croft

A croft is a small farm surrounding a house and this reserve was a croft owned by the Campbell family, one of the early settlers in the Vermont area.

Reserve entrance
The entrance at Boronia Road.

It is bordered on its eastern side by the Abbey Walk, which runs parallel to the Dandenong Creek.

There is an off-road car park on Boronia Road or it can be accessed from Abbey Walk. Local residents can access the park from several streets that lead to the reserve.

An entrance from the Abbey Walk river walk.

Including the Abbey Walk, Campbells Croft covers 14 ha. It gives a variety of experiences. It has a few open grassy areas with one having a large patch of daffodils, with a sign asking visitors not to pick them.

The field of daffodils.


Another area features a pine plantation with many very tall specimens.

Pine trees
A portion of the pine plantation.

Adjacent to one of the open grassy areas plantings of elms, poplar, oaks and silver birch give an English feel to that part of the reserve. It would be worth visiting in autumn to take in the autumn colours.

The English plantation in the distance.

The majority of the flora are native trees and several have a small descriptive plaques at their base identifying them.

Tree plaque.
A mature red stringybark with plaque.

There were two flowering flora evident, no doubt more will appear later in spring.

Wild flower
One of the few flowering flora seen.

Flowering bush
A bush in flower.

The majority of the reserve is heavily timbered and there is literally a maze of narrow walking tracks throughout giving the feeling of being in a forest. In a couple of sections, it feels like you are entering a tunnel with overhanging tree branches forming an umbrella of foliage.

tree tunnel
Entering the tunnel.

Very little bird life was observed. A few magpies and several passing parrots, just giving a glimpse of colour as they flashed past.

Grassy field
A grassy expanse seen through trees.

Dogs are welcome if they bring their owners on a leash. Very few of the paths would be wheelchair friendly and parts are a little steep.

The only facilities are a few park benches situated to give you a rest and a view.

Reserve seat.
One of the seats offering a rest with a view.

This is definitely a reserve you should visit if it is solitude you desire. My walk was on a weekday and only one other walker was seen.

The only other walker.

Open plains and forest is what you will experience in Campbells croft.
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Where: Campbells Croft Reserve, Boronia Road, Vermont. Melways map: 63. C. 4.
Cost: free
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