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.
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 Due to the deep blocks backing up to the railway line, most residences have been replaced by blocks of up to six units.
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