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Fussell Road Retarding Basin

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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 4th 2020
Fussell Road, the road to no fuss scenery
As far as retarding basins go, this one is rather remote and at first glance not that interesting, but read on.

mt Dandenong.
Many views of nearby Mt. Dandenong are seen.

At the end of Fussell Road, a gate prevents further vehicle travel. However, a wide track extension of Fussell Road passes through a stand of mature pine trees to the fenced-off retarding basin.

Bush track
The extension of Fussell Road leading to the Basin.

An unlocked gate allows access to the basin giving a close view of what I would call a rocky spillway.

spillway
Taking in the view.


rocky spillway
The rocky spillway.

A flat wide gravel path leads you along the Bungalook Creek, passing some thick bush along the creek and through an archway of gum trees.

Shady walk.
An archway of gum trees.


bush
The bush along the creek.

Among the bush are several thickets of bracken ferns, considered by some to be a pest, but they are an integral part of the Australian bush.

bracken ferns
Bracken ferns among the trees.

This path is at one end of the basin and is bordered by small farms. One was stocked with some inquisitive alpacas or were they llamas?

llamas
I think they are Llamas,

The path is a no through one and a return walk allows you to view things from the opposite perspective.

grass head
Not noticed going the other way.

A short walk along the outside path brings you to a second unlocked gate and an interesting walk along what I would describe as a dam wall. This path is wide asphalt and completely level and is designed for vehicular traffic. It is a no through the thoroughfare but is an interesting walk.

wall roadway
The roadway along the wall.

The only bird observed in the basin was a lone Crimson Rosella, nicely perched in a gum tree along this path.

crimson rosella
The colourful Crimson Rosella.

Exiting the second gate the path continues through bush and ends at a farm property, but not before passing an area of reeds in the creek. Walking along this path there were almost constant rings from bell birds, but not seen.

reeds
The reeds in Bungalook Creek.

Opposite the second gate, a long unused and overgrown asphalt path winds upwards through bushland. In springtime, this area could come alive with wildflowers.

bush path
The overgrown asphalt path.

Several interesting specimens of flora were seen along this seldom trod path. A plant with berries and most unusual were several shrub size holly trees, complete with red berries.

berry plant
An unusual sight.


holly bush
One of several Holly bushes

Apart from the exercise, one of the benefits of non-circular walks is that a return journey is required. The benefit is that you see everything from a different angle and things that were missed.

bush path
The path along the basin fence.

Several bushes of white heath stood out against a dark background, as did an interesting native grass.

white heath.
White Heath.


grass plant
An interesting native grass.

I didn't check if the gate at the end of Fussell Road was locked. It is isn't then a wheelchair could easily navigate the formed paths.

If you want a quiet, peaceful and easy walk, then the Fussell Road Retarding Basin is worth seeking out.
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Why? It's an unique experience.
When: anytime
Where: Fussell Road, Montrose. Melways map: 51. K.11.
Cost: Free
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