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Croydon Hills Walk, 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 October 15th 2022
It's orienteering without a compass
This is a 3.1 km. circuit walk through bush, past wetlands and suburbia. Download the map and take it with you to avoid taking the wrong turn in suburbia. The route numbers will show your position.

Croydon Hills Walk map.
A definite asset in your walk.

It is a circular walk starting and ending at the Yarrunga Community Centre on Croydon Hills Road. The community centre is in Yarrunga Reserve, where there is ample off-road parking.

Yarrunga reserve sign
Your starting and finishing point.

1. Start at Yarrunga Community Centre and proceed east along Croydon Hills Drive. Cross over the drive to the path at the end of the reserve.

Heading east.

Candlebark Walk sign.
You are entering the Candlebark Walk Reserve

2. Follow the path through bushland, past the playground, across the gully, staying on the north side of the creek. A few flowers were seen along this path and it seemed popular with exercise junkies, jogging and walking their dogs.

The playground.

Popular for exercise.

Along the north side of the creek, many flowers were seen. A highlight of this section was a female king parrot sitting in a tree.

Egg & bacon and lilac vine.
Egg & bacon flower and lilac vine.

Milk flower, daisies, clematis, angled onion weed and buttercup.
Milk flower, daisies, clematis, angled onion weed and buttercup.

Female King parrot.
Female King parrot.

3. Turn left over the footbridge, then right to follow the southern side of the lake. The lake is part of the Candlebark Walk. Along this section, there are several seats overlooking the lake. The paths are very popular with walkers and joggers.

Foot bridge and path to the right.

park seats
Many seats to sit and enjoy the scenery, and watch those exercising.

Two ducks were swimming around in unison. There were either in love or training for synchronized swimming in the duck Olympics. Other birds seen were a couple of magpies and noisy miners.

swimming ducks
The swimming ducks.

Noisy miner and magpie.
Noisy miner and magpie.

Turn right into Lakeside Crescent.

4. Turn right into Peppermint Place. A nice example of a lilac hibiscus was growing in one garden.

Lilac hibiscus.
Lilac hibiscus.

5. Near the bottom of the hill in Peppermint Place, turn left along a gravel track with the lake in Settlers Hill Reserve on the left. An off leash dog was enjoying its leash-free freedom.

Settlers Orchard Reserve
Entering Settlers Orchard, the lake and excited dog.

6. Continue straight ahead and uphill, cross over Merrill Crescent and Narr Maen Drive.

Settlers Orchard Reserve.
Leaving Settlers Orchard Reserve.

7. Continue on the track through Narr Maen Reserve and along the rear of the houses. An eastern rosella brightened up a tree and one magpie was not happy.

Narr Maen Reserve.
Entering Narr Maen Reserve.

angry magpie
One looks angry.

eastern rosella
Eastern rosella.

Narr Maen Reserve.
Part of Narr Maen Reserve.

8. After passing the wetland, veer left and continue to the playground at Lemongrove Crescent. Four noisy miners were living up to their name after landing on overhead wires. One, in particular, was rather vocal and successful in making the others leave the wire.

The playground.

Noisy miners having a dispute.
Entertaining to watch.

Bee on broom blossoms and a magnolia.
Bee on broom blossoms and a magnolia.

9. Turn left into Narr Maen Drive for a short distance. A verge garden looked attractive with lilac hibiscus and grevillea bushes.

Lilac hibiscus and grevillea.
Lilac hibiscus and grevillea.

10. Turn right into Rosemary Avenue.

Pride of Madeira bush
Pride of madeira bush.

Wattle bird leaving tree.
Wattle bird departing.

11. Turn left into Kingsbridge Court and then turn right at the 'T' intersection.

Bird of paradise
A perfect bird of paradise flower.

12. Turn left into the short downhill path between houses 13 & 15.

Reserve entrance.
The southern entrance to Yarrunga Reserve.

13. Follow the path to the right alongside the wetland between the pine trees. In the wetlands area, several noisy miners were performing splashdowns in the water.

Path past pine trees.
Almost a pine forest.

Noisy miners splash down.
Bath time for noisy miners.

14. After crossing the bridge, head towards the tennis courts and the Yarrunga Community Centre. In a larger wetland area, a swamphen was walking through the grassy edge of the lake, a group of ducks were just sitting and a dusky moorhen was swimming.

Park bridge.
The bridge.

Swamp hen.
Swamp hen.

Sitting ducks.

Dusky moor hen.
Dusky moor hen on lake.

At this location, you are back where you started and have enjoyed three kilometres of bush walks, street walks, seeing numerous floral exhibits and sighted nine species of birds if you count the bird of paradise.
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Your Comment
What a beautiful walk. All those flowers and birds, gorgeous.
by Maria-MPG Narratives (score: 2|996) 107 days ago
It looks like you've found a hidden gem with this one Neil.
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10397) 105 days ago
Great article. What a beautiful area!
by don_t (score: 2|104) 109 days ago
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