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Castle Hill Reserve - Mooroolbark

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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 13th 2019
Where the eagle dares
This park consists mainly of grass and is quite undulating. There is a couple of stands of mature gum trees which look quite impressive, particularly one very large gum on the high point almost in the middle of the reserve. With the sky as the backdrop, there is no evidence of the surrounding suburbia.

Castle Hill sign with the playground in the background.

The high end features the usual playground equipment. Nearby an undercover BBQ area is provided with picnic tables.

Showing the range of playground equipment.

A gravel path winds its way around the reserve and would be a nice place for a leisurely after-dinner stroll after a summer's day.

Playground and gum tree.
Another view of the playground with a large gum tree in the background.

Across the centre of the park, a row of large trees have been cut down to just stumps.

Tree stumps.
The row of remaining tree stumps.

One features a carved large lizard or goanna sitting atop the stump.

Wooden goanna
The tree hugging goanna.

Atop another tall stump a carved eagle looks down at his surroundings.

Wooden eagle
The wooden eagle surveying its surroundings.

Apart from the wooden eagle real birds are always present in parks, reserves and gardens.

A galah was a visitor to Castle Hill.

Like most small suburban parks, they are provided mainly for the local residents but this one is worth seeking out just for its outlook and the wooden goanna.
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Where: Corner of Partridge Way & Savanna Drive Mooroolbark. Melways: Map 37 J.6.
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