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Eden Valley 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 February 10th 2020
Visit the reserve of Eden
Eden Valley sounds almost heavenly. While it's no Garden of Eden, certainly not in the biblical sense, it is an interesting experience.

reserve entrance
The entrance with house rules.

This unsigned reserve is a reasonable size with a small stream running through it.

There is only one formed path, and although it is compacted gravel it would be unsuitable for wheelchairs due to its undulations.

bush path
The undulating path.

path and pines
The path passes some old pines.

Scattered throughout the reserve are several old, tall pine trees, with the main vegetation being tall gum trees, lots of shrubs and a few patches of native grasses.

pine tree
The pine outlasted the gum.

fallen tree
A very old log.

With the lack of colourful wildflowers during their non-flowering seasons, native grasses attract their well-deserved attention.

native grass
Native grasses.

native grass
Close up shows their beauty.

Among the numerous shrubs and bushes were many with a floral display of white blooms, which does add a splash of colour, albeit white, to the verdant vista.

flowering bush
There were many of these.

white flowers.
A close encounter.

Sections of the stream are host to areas of reeds and rushes. There was very little water flowing in the stream but it must increase after rain, as the reeds were very green and lush.

Very lush and green.

Leaving the formed path for a closer inspection makes for an interesting diversion, particularly close to the reeds.

rush flower
Very interesting up close.

There was the occasional small flowers to add a little to the flora.

yellow flowers
A bright spot.

Not one bird was seen, with only the sound of distant kookaburras breaking the silence. No walkers were met and the only sign of human activity was a long-abandoned swing hanging from a tree.

bush swing
The abandoned swing.

Opposite the entrance in Eden Valley Road is a small playground.

The small playground.

The reserve joins onto the much larger Warranwood Reserve which is best entered from Bemboka Road. See here to read my article on it.

Small reserves like this one are ideal to introduce little ones to the joys of outdoor excursions.
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Why? It's an interesting walk
When: Anytime
Where: Eden Valley Road, Warranwood. Melways map: 36. D.8.
Cost: Free
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