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Dirlton Reserve

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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 31st 2020
The forest walk, when you're not in a forest
Dirlton Reserve is a mixture of pine trees and native vegetation located in a buffer zone of remnant indigenous vegetation.

reserve entrance
The sign at the entrance.

There is no path network within this reserve, but a wide unformed path wanders around and through the stands of pine trees.

rough path
Rough path.

I visited on a bright summer morning and even then the multitude of dark pine tree trunks seemed a little daunting.

pine trees
Pine trees with grasses in foreground.

I can imagine that on a dark or foggy morning it could be considered a little claustrophobic, if not plain eerie. If you like atmospheric walks, then a foggy day is when to go.

dark trunks
The dark trunks can look a little foreboding.

It appears to have been well cared for in the past, although there is ample evidence that new plantings of trees and shrubs have occurred. A strange sight was several red-painted taps throughout the reserve, perhaps a remnant from the past when the area was watered.

small tree
A recently planted tree.

small gum tree
A young gum tree.

young pine tree
A future tall pine.

red tap
One of several throughout the reserve.

A surprise sighting was a wattle in full bloom, adding a splash of colour to the bush.

wattle tree
Wattle in bloom.

yellow flower
Another splash of colour.

By getting off the path and walking through the pines you are on a carpet of pine needles which has a nice spongy feel.

pine needles
A cushy path.

Being very old pines they display many, many pine cones in their upper branches. At first glance they appear to be numerous birds perched high-up.

pine cones
A tree full of cones.

pine cones
They do look like birds.

pine cones
Cones close up.

The only birds seen were a couple of magpies foraging among the leaf-covered ground.

One of the magpies.

High up in what appeared to be a banksia tree was birds nest, quite large as bird nests go.

bird nest
The large bird nest.

small tree
New growth.

In a couple of places small burrows were seen, indicting the some fauna lived there.

Anyone home?

Of interest were lots of native grasses. Not as colourful as wildflowers, but they do look attractive when back-lit on a sunny day.

native grasses
Area of native grasses.

native grass
Attractive in close.

Due to the reserves undulating nature it would not be suitable for wheelchairs.

Very old steps.

It would only take you ten minutes to walk the walk, but if you deviate to get among the pines, a half an hour could be pleasantly spent.

Dirlton Reserve is oval-shaped and circled by Dirlton Crescent, but it is not a continuous circuit as it is a no through road in both directions. The main vehicle access road is Hopetoun Road. There are two walkways from Brucedale Court and one from Ennismore Crescent.

old seat
The only facility in the reserve.

You will not pass Dirlton Reserve on your Sunday drive unless you were well and truly lost, but if you like very quiet solitude and have a thing for pine trees this reserve is for you.

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Why? To experience quiet solitude.
When: anytime
Where: Dirlton Crescent, Park Orchards. Melways map: 35. E.12
Cost: Free
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I imagine this would be a great place to find and photograph fungi in season.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8098) 498 days ago
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