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Charles Rooks 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 December 7th 2019
By hook or by crook, stop and have a look
The Charles Rooks Reserve is not large. It mainly consists of regenerated and native bushland.

Reserve sign
The sign in Rooks Road.

It was the site of the Nunawading Migrant Hostel between 1952 and 1968, being the temporary home for British migrants. The area has now reverted back to an open bush area.

open forest
Much of the reserve is semi-open.

It is not fenced and access can be made from Rooks Road or Lorikeet Street. The pathways are wide compacted gravel and almost level, with only a slight rise in one area, which would not be a problem for wheelchairs.

reserve path
The wide path between the two reserve areas.

There is a playground adjacent to Lorikeet Street.

Play ground
The Lorikeet Road playground.

At the top end of the reserve it narrows between several houses then opens up to an almost second reserve. There is another small playground in this area.

Play ground
The other play ground.

Two large white stringybark trees are dominant in this area with a descriptive plaque at their base.

white stringybark tree
A tall white stringybark tree.


tree sign
The plaque at the base of the tree.

Several large pine trees stand tall as a reminder of a past pine plantation.

pine trees
Some of the remnant pine plantation.

The only colour in the flora were several red bottlebrush bushes throughout the back section of the reserve.

red bottlebrush
The only colour in the reserve.

Several birds were noticed milling around in the shade of a large tree. On closer inspection, several pigeons and a corella were the culprits.

corella & pigeons
A corella among the pigeons.

The corella quickly departed to sit in a nearby tree and watch, probably waiting for me to go away.

corella in tree
Looking and waiting.

A local resident, enjoying a walk remarked that early in the morning many corellas could be seen feeding in the reserve and pointed to a nearby tree which she dubbed the lorikeet tree. On my visit, they weren't at home.

This is not a reserve to go out of your way to see, but if you are passing and your junior passengers see the playground, why not stop and have a walk around.


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When: Anytime
Where: Rooks Road Mitcham. Melways map: 48. H.12.
Cost: Free
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