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Candlebark 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 February 18th 2019
Watch out for peeking ducks

sign in park
Sign at entrance in Croydon Hills Drive.


A real hidden gem. One of many parks and reserves in the Croydon Hills area set in its natural bush setting.

Walking dog
Local resident walking dog.


Candlebark Walk is a very pleasant walk around a central elongated lake. The path is well formed and perhaps a little steep in one short section, otherwise very easy going.

Lake
One end of the lake.

Lake
View from the other end.


It is literally in the middle of suburbia with houses bordering on all sides, but mostly hidden by masses of trees between the path and properties.

Walking dogs
Dogs of all sizes like the walk.


It is very popular with dog owners as my weekday walk encountered six dogs with their respective owners, all well behaved, especially the dogs.

boardwalk
One of the boardwalks.


There are three short boardwalk bridges spanning little gullies which appear would feed the lake after heavy rain.

Walkers on boardwalk
Every man and his dog were there.


Ducks were the main inhabitants of the wet part of the reserve with a few dusky moorhens swimming around and diving head first searching for food.

ducks
Ducks galore.


The only facilities around the walk are the occasional bench seat positioned for the sitter to observe the serene view before them. One bench has two possums carved into the backrest.

possum
The carved possum.


Like most of the smaller suburban parks they cater for the local residents, but this one is worth seeking out if you are in the area for a pleasant short walk and an up-close view of ducks.

ducks
A friendly duck.


At the entrance to the reserve in Croydon Hills Road, there is a dedicated parking lane which is beneficial to passing traffic.
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Where: Croydon Hills Drive, Croydon Hills.
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