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Goldentree Drive 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 September 9th 2020
A golden opportunity
This reserve has many facets. Its main one is a small reed surrounded lake, which is the home to waterbirds.

small lake
Overall view of the lake.

It has an open grassy expanse with two goal and two-point posts for aspiring AFL players to hone their goal kicking skills.

Walkers on footpath.
Walkers and dogs on footpath bordering reserve.

The paths on three sides of the reserve are the footpaths of Goldentree Drive and surrounding streets.

reserve path
Wide gravel path.

The main path through the centre of the reserve is wide compacted gravel. Despite the overall slope of the area, wheelchairs could easily cope.

Walkers with dog.
There is a dog in there somewhere.

Like most of these almost hidden suburban parks, they are the domain of local residents and their canine companions. Many were seen on my visit.

A surprise sighting was a display of about 90 painted wooden spoons growing around a large tree. This phenomenon is appearing regularly in many parks, which could result in a nationwide shortage of wooden spoons.

painted spoons
Painted spoon garden.

hunt sign
The hunt instructions.

Attached to the tree was a notice declaring, "Disney's Mickey and Pals Hunt." A fun activity for the kids to discover images of six Disney characters attached to various items around the reserve.

I found one. It's Goofy.

Donald Duck
Donald Duck hiding on a tree.

On a visit to this reserve about 18 months ago, the lake was home to about 50 ducks. Not one was seen this visit, only two Swamphens and two Dusky moorhens.

swamp hen
Swamp hen fossicking.

dusky moor hens.
Two dusky moor hens.

dusky moor hens.
1 &1/2 dusky moor hens.

On land were seen several magpies and one mudlark.

Magpie with lunch.

Mudlark in mud.

The only tree inhabitant was a single wattlebird, easily seen sitting in a deciduous tree.

wattle bird
Wattle bird.

The fourth side of the reserve is thickly landscaped with shrubs, native grasses and mature trees are dispersed throughout the reserve.

white flowers.
White flowers with yellow weed.

The only facilities are several park bench seats with two of them under a shade roof, with many positioned to provide peaceful views across the lake.

A bridge crosses a small waterway which provides runoff from the lake.

The bridge.

Masses of yellow blooms.

Like most suburban parks, this one can be accessed from several side streets.

reserve entrance
One of the side street entrances.

white flowers.
One of several flowering bushes.

Floral flora was mostly flowering bushes, with many wattles in full bloom.

A single bloom.

Very colourful.

flowering bush
Small, but nice.

The lake is surrounded by many reeds and other plants giving refuge to the resident water birds.

native grass
A very spikey specimen at lakes edge.

Water plant.
An unusual plant growing in water.

A very pleasant half an hour could be spent wandering around this reserve taking in what it has to offer, unless the dog you are with is taking you for a walk.
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Why? It's there, just waiting to be explored.
When: anytime
Where: Goldentree Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. D.5.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I love the spoon garden. I might try creating one at my house
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|1407) 19 days ago
Another suburban gem. The reserve near my home in Wonthaggi also has a sppon garden.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8038) 5 days ago
Such a well designed area by the Delfin Developer. Mixture of small parks, homes of different sizes, catering for downsizers or families. Treed streets.
Good mapping of streets, lead to other streets if walking.
Some of the newer developers, could learn a lot,
by ifaye (score: 1|23) 18 days ago
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