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The Gateway, Lilydale

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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 9th 2021
The Gateway is Always Open
The 1.6 km. Gateway travels in three directions. It's in a relatively new residential development and offers a lot to see apart from exercise.

the gateway
We are here.

On entering from Victoria Road, your first impression is a wide tree-lined street, power lines underground and few front fences. Another pleasing feature is that in front of almost every house, brick-paved parking bays are set into the nature strip to avoid on-street parking.

street scene
Wide tree lined street and parking bays.

Immediately you are confronted with a floral extravaganza. Almost every garden had something of interest if you stopped to smell the roses, so to speak.

Stop and smell this.

Another one to smell.

Flowering bushes seem very popular with Gateway gardeners. Climbing roses and azaleas were very eye-catching.

Pink Azaleas

An attractive low growing ground covering plant was the purple Convolvulus. Many gardens had these growing.

Convolvulus bush.

One bush which didn't invite a close inspection was a Lomanda bush, definitely not in 'smell the roses' category.

Appreciate from a distance.

Many gardens featured various varieties of palm trees.

palm trees
They look awesome against a threatening sky.

A garden within a garden always looks attractive. One such feature was set into the lawn area. A small red flowering bush set amongst rocks caught my attention.

landscaped area.
Landscaped garden bed.

red flowering bush.
Will spread out in time.

One front garden was almost totally covered with garden ornaments. A frog in a hat in a birdbath was first noticed, then the rest of the garden almost demanded a several minute look to appreciate what was before your eyes.

frog with hat
Frog in a bird bath.

garden ornaments
A joy to the eye.

Individual Lilies were noticed in several gardens, the popular Canna Lily was one as was several stalks of an Arum Lily.

canna lilies
Canna lilies.

arum lilies
Arum lilies.

red flowers
Another one.

Along The Gateway were two reserves. The Nimblefoot Reserve features a playground with some unusual items of play fun.

Nimblefoot reserve
Nimblefoot Reserve with playground.

The large Gateway Reserve features a sports oval, playground and BBQ facilities.

Many people were seen out and about, just walking or taking their dogs for one.

couple walking
A leisurely stroll.

men with dogs
Two men and two dogs.

There is a shortcut to Gateway Reserve.

With such a longish walk many birds were seen. The ever-present Magpie and a Mud lark were seen.

magpie feeding
Magpie feeding.

mud lark
Mud lark.

A Spotted Dove preferred a rooftop rather than a tree.

spotted dove
On the tiles.

A tree above me was invaded by three Rainbow Lorikeets but preferred to perch on its inner branches, blocking clear photos.
rainbow lorikeet
Deep into the tree.

Almost a garden ornament was a sign next to a letterbox, describing the residents.

letter box
Beware of the grouch.

A tiny red flowering succulent looked a little lonely in a newly mulched area.

red flowering succulent.
Very bright.

The Gateway is really a gateway to an interesting walk.
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Why? It is an extraordinary good walk.
When: anytime
Where: The Gateway, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. B.1.
Cost: Free
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Great botanical walk.
by annie (score: 1|24) 16 days ago
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