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Cootamundra Walk

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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 August 1st 2019
Cootamundra it's called and Cootamundra it is
Walk sign
Where you are entering.

The Cootamundra Walk is actually three walks. The distance from the beginning to the end of all three is just over 1.5 kms.
Cootamundra Walk from Williams Road to Cootamundra Crescent (Melways 47 K.8.) is the most interesting walk and is often referred to Cootamundra Walk West.

Walk sign
The Williams Road entrance.

The entrance is just behind the North Blackburn Shopping Centre, which offers very safe off-road parking almost at the entrance.

A winter walk.

This section is more than just a walk as it is a rather large area of natural bush and living up to its name with many Cootamundra wattle trees beginning to bloom. It has several paths meandering through the trees and other indigenous flora. An occasional bench seat and a picnic table are the only facilities provided.

Many splashes of Cootamundra Wattle are seen.

A small creek bubbles though much of this area before disappearing into large underground pipes. There is a playground in this section.

Play ground
Picnic bench and playground.

A section of the babbling creek.

Many birds were heard and seen flitting between the trees. Mounted on the trunk of a tall gum tree, it was pleasing to see a nesting box attached, providing a safe haven for the inhabitant to hatch their young.

Nesting box.
The high nesting box.

The middle Cootamundra Walk is between Surrey Road and Ashlar Crescent. A short walk along Cootamundra Crescent to Surrey Road is required to reach this section. (Melways 48 B.8.)

Park bench
The end (or start) of the middle walk seen from Ashlar Street.

This section crosses Larch, Maple and Elder Streets, so keep your children close. Crows, magpies, noisy miners and currawongs were evident.

Crows are usually heard, but not seen.

Noisy Miner
Noisy Miner.

The third Cootamundra Walk, at the eastern end, is between Ashlar Crescent and Elm Street. To reach the third section a short walk along Ashlar Crescent is required.

It is mainly a wide expanse of grass a few trees and a playground with two wooden echidnas keeping watch.

The two observant echidnas.

The highlight of my walk in this section was spying five largish birds silhouetted on some dead tree branches. They were difficult to photograph, looking directly into the brightly lit cloudy background, but while doing so a faraway voice advised that they were king parrots and visited almost every day.

Bird silhouette
The five birds silhouetted.

King Parrots
Im told they were king parrots.

The voice came from a neighbouring property where a friendly lady whose identification of my subjects was appreciated.

Play ground
The small playground at the eastern end.

On walking through all sections on a weekday, I met several people and all appeared to be taking a short-cut to wherever they were going, rather than a leisurely walk. Weekends may be different.

On the way to somewhere.

Going Shopping

All the paths are compacted gravel and level and would be suitable for wheelchairs. All sections are impeccably maintained and many notices throughout the walks, are attached to trees by the Friends of Cootamundra Walk, who hold regular working bees to keep the area in pristine condition.

Become a friend.

A definite case of locals looking after their environment.

By parking in the North Blackburn Shopping Centre car park, a pleasant three km. return stroll through these three walks would provide an enjoyable hours diversion from the suburban rush which is nearby.

There are several places in the shopping centre to revive yourself if the walk is too strenuous, but the most strenuous part will be lifting your coffee cup.
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Where: Cootamundra Walk, Blackburn North.
Cost: Free
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