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Four Links, Chirnside Park

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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 June 30th 2022
They are all linked by a ridge
North, South, East and West are the four links to Circle Ridge is an 800 metre oval street around a ridge. The only access is from the fours links, named North Link, South Link, East Link and West Link.

Street sign
On every link.

The links are only around 100 metres in length and some are quite steep as they ascend to the ridge.

East Link
East Link is the steepest.

Flowers were the feature in the links, with one garden being an ornament lover's delight. In all links camellias were the dominant species.


North Link.

The most prolific link, flower wise. Several grevilleas were the most colourful followed by a single bergenia and rhododendron. Only yellow daisies were seen.


Bergenia & rhododendron.
Bergenia & rhododendron.

yellow daisies.
Yellow daisies.

The only magpies seen were in North Link, fossicking for food at ground level or escaping to a nearby fence as I approached.

Always interesting to watch.

Jonquils are starting to appear, but I only saw the white variety. A surprise was to see a holly tree, complete with its red berries.


Holly tree
A reminder of Christmas.

A succulent of the crassulaceae genus was about to burst forth with its pendulous blooms.

Crassulaceae genus.
Crassulaceae genus.

A corner block had a nice rock garden and shrubs along its side fence.

side fence.
Improves the look of a plain fence.

South Link.

The highlight of this link was the appearance of a small eastern spinebill briefly landing on a nearby tree.

Eastern Spinebill.
Eastern Spinebill.

The only flower of interest was a fuchsia budding and blooming.


Bird baths seem to take over from wheelbarrows as elevated garden beds.

bird baths.
Recycled bird baths.

East Link.

This is the steepest and shortest of the links, offering distant views. Few flowers were evident, only a plant of the plumbaginaceae genus and some nasturtiums.

plumbaginaceae genus
Plumbaginaceae genus.

Nasturtiums are always colourful.

Only one walker was encountered and the only doggie seen was in a window.

The only walker seen.

Dog in window.
Doggie in the window.

An unidentified tree was budding and a large stand of pampas grass. Pampas grass is a native of South America and in the 1970s almost every garden had some, but they can be invasive and quickly spread.

budding flowers.
Budding flowers.

Pampas grass.
Pampas grass.

A mail box was interesting by its supportive post; a large chain. Perhaps they received a lot of chain letters.

Chain mail box.
Are they expecting chain letters?

West Link.

One garden in West Link is worth a visit just to gaze upon the garden ornaments. The beautifully landscaped garden is host to a multitude of small statuettes, with a "Welcome to my Garden" plaque inviting a close inspection.

garden ornaments.
An interesting garden.

garden ornaments.
Some of the many garden ornaments.

garden statuette.
Worth a look from two angles.

Garden welcome.
An invitation to look.

In the same garden a weather vane sits atop a tiled roof with a rooster pointing into the prevailing wind. A polygala and an alyssum bush were in full bloom.

Weather vane.
Rooftop weather vane.

Polygala flowers.

Alyssum bush
Alyssum bush.

By walking all four links, both up and down and around Circle Ridge you will have covered 1.6 kms. There are no footpaths but plenty of grass verges to walk along.
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Why? It's an unique experience.
When: anytime
Where: Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. H.4.
Cost: Free
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