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The Gateway 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 December 12th 2019
The gateway to the Gateway Reserve
The first impression of this reserve was it was just another large suburban park with a playground.

Reserve sign
The sign at one entrance.

Play ground
The central play area.

It's more than that. The play area is central with three sealed paths leading to it. The paths are wide and flat affording easy going to all forms of mobility.

Play ground
One of the paths leading to the play area.

reserve path
All paths lead to the play area.

The reserve is mainly grass with a few trees scattered throughout, much to the delight of the local birdlife.

reserve path
Some of the scattered trees.

Along the borders of the reserve native trees, bushes and grasses have been planted in landscaped areas, which give a bushy feeling. There are also many mature gum trees around the perimeter. It is very well maintained.

One of the landscaped areas.

gum tree
One of the mature gum trees.

Only one of the many bush plants were flowering.

flowering bush
The only floral attraction.

I was fortunate in having four or five noisy miners land in a tree that I was standing next to.

Noisy miners
A pair of miners.

Their antics were a joy to watch and hear as they lived up to their name.

Noisy miner
Sitting quietly.

They did not appear to mind a close encounter with human kind and stayed in their chosen tree for several minutes offering some nice photo opportunities.

Noisy miner

The only other birds seen were a couple of magpies fossicking on the ground, particularly around the landscaped areas which were mulched. No doubt being the magpie's pantry.

He must have been early - he's got the worm.

Noisy miners also like to fossick at ground level as well as in trees.

Noisy miner
Who's there?

As far as dog walking facilities go it is not large, but one was observed, possibly making a short cut to elsewhere.

lady & dog.
Your reward's coming.

The reserve would be a great asset to local residents where they can bring their children to play while they can sit and watch both them and the local bird population.
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Why? Nice place to watch your children play and the birds fly.
When: Anytime
Where: The Gateway. Melways map: 50. K.9.
Cost: free
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