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Cave Hill Road, Lilydale

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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 January 1st 2021
No cave and no hill
In the 1850s, a 130-foot deep cave in Lilydale was a tourist attraction, where tourists were lowered into the cave by bucket and windlass with a candle for illumination. One such person was David Mitchell, a Melbourne builder and father of Dame Nellie Melba.

Street sign
We are here.

Realising the cave was almost pure limestone, he purchased the property and founded the Lilydale Lime Mine, which only recently ceased operations.

lime mine
The mine soon after production stopped.

Cave Hill Road is 1.6 kms in length, running from Melba Avenue in the south to Nelson Road in the north, crossing Maroondah Highway.

street scene
The leafy first section.


Hebe bush
Hebe bush.

It covers three distinct sections. The first from the railway crossing at Melba Avenue to Maroondah Highway would have seen some of the first residences in Lilydale. Due to the deep blocks backing up to the railway line, most residences have been replaced by blocks of up to six units.

old house
Old house surrounded by new units.

The tree-lined road attracted many birds, including a wattlebird, Indian myna and many magpies.

wattle bird
Wattle bird in tree.


Indian myna
Indian Myna.



A most unusual garden ornament was a burrowing dog.

burrowing dog.
Found it.


picket fence
Always photogenic.

It was nice to see several picket fences and some floral escapees from them along this section.

escaped rose
Escaped rose.


escaped rose
Another one.

Cave Hill Road crosses John Street at a roundabout.

roundabout
The roundabout at John Street.

Burdens Bathrooms occupy one corner and Grand Oaks Early Learning Centre is opposite.

burdens bathrooms
Burden Bathrooms.


early learning centre.
Grand Oaks Early Learning Centre.

This section is a no through road for vehicles to the highway.

Street sign
Road sign.

However, Cave Hill Road continues over the highway to Beresford Road. As there is no pedestrian crossing to cross the highway, extreme care is necessary to cross. The eastern side is all industrial, dominated by Cave Hill Industrial Gardens

Cave Hill Industrial Gardens.
Cave Hill Industrial Gardens.

Of interest is the large Dancesport Kingdom complex, where you could waltz in to learn to dance.

Dancesport Kingdom.
Just waltz in.

It was in this area that I encountered two plovers, a mudlark and what I think was a brown tree-creeper.

plover
One of the two plovers sighted.


mud lark
Mud lark in tree.


take away shop
Brown tree creeper.


white rose
White rose

A couple of residents taking a walk were encountered as was a gentleman zooming along the road on his motorised scooter.

old house
The old and the old.


man on scooter.
Wheeee....


The Beresford Road to Nelson Road section is mostly residential with Poyner Reserve on the Beresford Road corner.

pink flowers
Pretty pink.


It was along this section that most of the floral photos were taken.

scabiosa
Scabiosa flower.


Plum bagel
Plum bagel bloom.

It is a most interesting walk, offering the old, the new and the industrial.
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Why? It's an interesting walk with many variations.
When: Anytime
Where: Cave Hill road Lilydale. Melways map: 38. C.5 to D.2.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thank you Annie. Having walked past places I have driven past for perhaps hundreds of times without realising what I have missed has been very interesting.
by Neil Follett (score: 3|1433) 21 days ago
Another interesting walk. Well described. I have learnt much from your local walks.
by annie (score: 1|20) 21 days ago
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