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Cheong Wildflower Sanctuary

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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 October 11th 2019
A sanctuary of wild flowers
This small triangular reserve is mostly dense bush and undergrowth. The road boundaries are fenced, however, the third side of the triangle runs along the railway line, which has a wide grass path.

Sanctuary sign
The Sanctuary sign.

The view from The Pass shows a heavily overgrown area on the fence line, almost extending to the road kerb. Behind the fence much of the area appears to be overrun with bracken ferns.

Bracken ferns
Part of the large area of bracken ferns.

The railway side of the sanctuary has access through a more open area, with many narrow, almost indistinct paths.

A local out for a walk.

It is here that most of the around twelve different wildflowers were found. If entering this area, tread carefully to protect the small ground hugging flora.

yellow wildflower
Only one small area of these seen.

Predominant throughout is a mauve wildflower bush.

Lots of these.

Most of the other wildflowers were just single or double stalked specimens.

Wild flower
One of many.

Another one.

Wild flower
And another one.

Although some took the form of small shrubs or bushes.

A type of grevillea

white wildflowers
A white one.

Following an almost invisible path through the area, more wildflowers were seen.

small path
One of the small paths.

white wildflowers
The only one of these seen.

Birdlife was mostly restricted to wattlebirds, noisily flitting through the upper tree branches and rarely landing. A currawong was the only other bird spotted flying.

Wattle bird
One of the many wattle birds seen.

Another one.

At the lower end of the area, a very small wetland area was evident with a large puddle the only water noted. Two ducks were around the edge of the puddle, just standing around and preening themselves. They must be locals as they weren't fazed by a close encounter.

black ducks
Two black ducks.

If visiting this sanctuary it is suggested you park in The Pass as at the top end of the area (it is on a slope) there is a wide path connecting with the railway path.

In springtime, this would be a good diversion to see a good range of different wildflowers in a small suburban area.
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Where: Corner Eastfield Road & The Pass Croydon South.
Cost: free
Your Comment
Thank you Neil! Very interesting to learn of these hidden gems. Would you please put the Melways reference in the “Where” section at end of article? You use to have this and it was very helpful. Thanking you again, please keep it up!
Yours Jillian 🌝
by Jilli (score: 1|10) 377 days ago
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