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Greenslopes Drive, Mooroolbark

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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 May 5th 2021
Walk the drive, but the slopes are green
Greenslopes Drive is only about one kilometre in length as it describes a semi-circle starting and ending on Hull Road.

street scene
Greenslopes Drive.

It's an older area of suburbia and most gardens are well established with some overgrown with plants cascading over low fences.

cascading flowers
Floral cascade.

At any time of the year, there are many colourful blooms to make the walk along Greenslopes interesting. Pink hibiscus, clivia and jasmine were three that attracted attention.

hibiscus
Hibiscus.




jasmine
Jasmine flowers.

Euphorbia and diosma bushes with their masses of tiny flowers were also attractive plants in many gardens.

Euphorbia bush
Euphorbia bush.


diosma
Diosma bush.

Popping up faster than mushrooms are spoon face villages in suburban gardens and Greenslopes Drive was home to one.

spoon village
Spoon Village.


pink rose
Beautiful pink rose.

I have travelled this street several times but have only seen other foot-travelers on one occasion.

walkers
On the path.

The reason for this is probably because along the drive is the entrance to Greenslopes Reserve.

reserve sign
The entrance to Greenslopes Reserve.

This linear reserve boasts two large ponds, which attract many species of waterbirds.

pond
One of the ponds in Greenslopes Reserve.

Ducks and Swamphens have made the lakes their home, with areas of reeds giving them protection from predators.

Occasionally, other species visit the lakes in passing.

ducks
Ducks in the reserve.

One path in the reserve passes the rear of the properties on the north side of Greenslopes Drive giving an added dimension to a local walk. Many of the properties backing onto the reserve have gates in their rear fence to gain easy access.

reserve path.
The popular path behind the Greenslopes Drive houses.

Avian activity along the drive was confined to a magpie fossicking in longish grass and a crow watching from high above on power lines. As a child, I always wondered why birds sitting on power lines didn't get electrocuted as we were told not to touch them.

magpie
Magpie in grass.


crow
Crow watching me.


crow
Crow not watching me.

Greenslopes Drive and Greenslopes Reserve meet each at both ends, which makes for a rewarding circular walk.

pond
Pond view from other end.

To walk the Greenslopes Drive/Greenslopes Reserve circuit would be an easy journey for the wheelchair-bound, offering floral experiences and the opportunity to watch waterbirds in their natural environment.

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Why? It's a street walk combined with a reserve walk.
When: anytime
Where: Greenslopes Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. K.10.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Stunning photos, wonderful observations and botanical knowledge.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|6049) 40 days ago
Back in 1970 before this water retarding basin was constructed, the whole of Mooroolbark, Shops in Brice Ave,were totally flooded, as were some of the homesin Hull Rd. . quite a catastrophe, at the time. The MMBW and Lillydale Council, built these basins, to prevent this happening in the future.
by ifaye (score: 1|53) 42 days ago
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