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Cochrane Street, Mitcham

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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 14th 2021
It's a straight street but diversions are a bonus
Cochrane Street is a 1.2 km street running off Maroondah Highway.

Street sign
We are here.

The first 200 metres from the highway is all industrial. It then dips down and passes under a railway line to a roundabout at Brunswick Road.

overhead train
A train passes over Cochrane Street.

The roundabout is small and a local resident walking by alerted me to the dangers of standing on the roundabout as many vehicles passed over it, rather than around it. I was standing on the roundabout at the time photographing a flower which was a Coreopsis, a North American native prairie plant.

The colourful Coreopsis growing on the roundabout.

The street then becomes a well-established one with footpaths, front fences and power lines.

The roundabout and the street beyond.

There are two distinct advantages to this street walk if you wish to extend your distance travelled. On the east side is the Somers Trail, a very picturesque linear walk.

Somers trail
The start of Somers Trail.

somers trail
Walking in Somers Trail.

Almost opposite is the large Simpson Park. It has a large playing field and is surrounded by many walking paths.

Simpson Park
The drive in entrance to Simpson Park.

Not many pedestrians were seen as those looking for exercise would head for the two parks.

Only pedestrian sighted.

Very colourful geraniums.

Agapanthus were still blooming and a feature of older gardens is that agapanthus crop up almost anywhere, often poking through existing plants.

white agapanthus
White Agapanthus.

A nice combination.

Red, yellow and orange are said to be the most eye-catching colours, and they are. A group of red hot pokers really stood out from afar.

red hot poker
A red hot poker

aloe vera flower
Aloe vera.

Rarely seen in gardens these days is the striking sunflowers. You can almost see them smiling.


Many magpies were seen, particularly around the two parks. A noisy miner in a grevillea bush was captured having a preen, while a crested pigeon fossicked at ground level.

magpie on fence.
Fence sitting magpie.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy Miner and Grevillea.

crested pigeon
Crested pigeon.

I finally saw one on this walk. A garden gnome. They used to be a standard feature of gardens but I guess now they have gone to gnome retirement villages.

garden gnome
Garden gnome with friends.


Roses were present in many gardens and a few managed to escape through the ever attractive picket fences.

escaped roses
Escaped roses.

yellow rose
The yellow rose of Mitcham.

The far end of Cochrane Street is quite steep but the wheelchair-bound will find highly navigable paths along the Somers trail.

There were a few of these Iris flowers.

A large bush featured clumps of seed pods. It was a Golden Rain tree. It did look different.

Golden rain tree
Golden Rain tree.

It is a busy street so kerbside parking is not recommended. The two parks have off-street parking.

Cochrane Street has some nice gardens and two parks to add to your enjoyment of this walk.
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Why? A lot to do with diversions.
When: anytime
Where: Cochrane Street, Mitcham. Melways map: 49. B.9 to B.11.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I am enjoying your street walk series Neil. I too love to wander the streets taking in the local gardens and house styles snd watching the birdlife.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8059) 42 days ago
Thank you Neil for taking the time to identify many of the plants you see. Your photography is a joy.
by junea (score: 2|129) 39 days ago
Good to come upon some more unusual plants in a street walk. Might inspire me to get out there!
by annie (score: 1|24) 41 days ago
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