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Croydon Hills Drive, Croydon Hills

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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 November 17th 2020
A street walk with benefits
This is a street walk with many benefits along the way. It runs in an arc from Yarra Road to Narr-Maen Drive. The distance is 1.4 kms. It is undulating and may be a challenge for wheelchairs and their occupants, but as there are many benefits along the way, they will be rewarded.

three flowers
A taste of what was to come.

I began at Yarra Road, almost immediately finding colourful flowers in the well-kept gardens.

Bird of paradise
The bird of paradise always catches the eye.

Very subtle colours.

The first benefit is reached after about 300 metres. The north side of Croydon Hills Drive is a wide bush area of about 600 metres in length. The area is made up of trees, bushes and native grasses.

Part of the 600 metres of bushland.

native grass
Three stalks of native grass.

About halfway along this bush section Yarrunga Reserve appears on the opposite side of the street. This second benefit boasts several ponds, often attracting water birds, a playground and a walk through a small pine forest.

reserve sign
The entrance to Yarrunga Reserve.

Apart from a family of ducks feeding on a grassy area, a noisy miner looked down from its perch in a pine tree.

family of ducks
Duck family lunch.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

Most gardens passed displayed colourful flowers, some with dense plantings which stand out from a distance giving a feeling of anticipation of a close encounter.
climbing rose.
Climbing roses.

climbing rose.
Almost a hedge.

At the end of the north side bush area, the third benefit is denoted by the Candlebark Walk. It features a lake which always seems to be alive with ducks. A walking path circumnavigates the lake and its bushland area. The lake walk is a very pleasant walk.

candlebark walk entrance.
Entrance to Candlebark Walk.

Candlebark Walk lake.

Apart from ducks, a noisy miner was the only other bird seen here, both on the ground and perched in a tree. I think it was the same one, although they all do look alike.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

noisy miner
Giving the evil look.

Always on the lookout for unusual flowers - I was not disappointed.

An Arthropodium bush.

Continuing on, the fourth benefit is Settlers Orchard Reserve. Like the other two reserves in Croydon Hills Drive, a lake is its main feature, which usually has a good duck population. It also has a small playground.

reserve entrance
Settlers orchard entrance sign.

Settler Orchard lake.
Settlers Orchard lake.

On approaching Settlers Orchard, a chorus of chortling magpies filled the air. One was sitting on a railing allowing a close encounter.

magpie on fence.
Magpie on fence.

yellow flowers

Very few people were noticed in the street, probably if they were exercising they would go to the three beneficial reserves, as I noticed two turn into them.

It's uphill.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

I half expected to find a spoon village on my travels. I did, but only two were home and they both looked a little tired and were resting.

spoon faces
First residents.

If you are visiting Croydon Hills Drive, I suggest you park next to Settlers Orchard Reserve as it has a dedicated parking lane.
red poppy
Brilliant red poppy.

three flowers
Three is better.

A Croydon Hills Drive walk is one walk that has definite benefits by traversing both sides.
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Why? It's an unique experience
When: anytime
Where: Croydon Hills Drive, Croydon Hills. Melways map: 36. H.9.
Cost: Free
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