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Greenslopes 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 June 3rd 2020
The slopes are definitely green
This medium size reserve is between Greenslopes Drive and Hull Road in Mooroolbark. There is a parking lane on busy Hull Road, but a safer option would be in Greenslopes Drive.

reserve entrance
We are here.

It is a picturesque reserve consisting of a large pond and a long narrow lake. Both the pond and the lake are surrounded by reeds, which are home to water birds. It appears to double as a retarding basin.

small lake
One end of the lake.

lake view
The view from the other end.

A wide gravel perimeter path would be suitable for wheelchairs as any slopes are long and gradual. To circumnavigate the path, you would cover just on one kilometre.

reserve pathways
The paths are wide and solid.

Ducks were the most numerous species of waterbirds seen, if you can call four numerous. Four were grazing on the grass verge of the lake, but upon my approach, they took to the water and swam hastily away.
grazing ducks
Four ducks a grazing.

ducks swimming
Four ducks a swimming.

A couple of swamphens were spied among the reeds on the water's edge and a dusky moorhen was perched among the reeds.

swamp hen
Swamphen among the reeds.

dusky moor hen.
Dusky moorhen perched in the reeds.

Lots of these grasses around the lake.

Two rainbow lorikeets and a heron were noticed in the distance but flew away upon approach.

girl on bike
A splash of colour through the trees.

Surrounding the lake and pond are large expanses of grass. There are no signs prohibiting dogs, so they can probably run free, as can joggers and cyclists.

Getting some exercise.

group of cyclists
Having a rest.

Between the pathway and the reserve boundary are many landscaped areas featuring stands of mature gum trees, bushes and native grasses.

trees & grass
A very peaceful part of the reserve.

tall tree
One of the magnificent mature trees.

tree bark
Always interesting and colourful.

Splashes of colour often appear at ground level and are well worth investigating. A bright orange growth attached to a long-dead log was an interesting fungi specimen.

Very colourful.

Two mushrooms appeared to have sprung up out of the grass on the edge of the pond. They looked edible, but I would not be tempted.

Two mushrooms.

The only floral experience were numerous small white daisies standing out on the background of dark green grass.

Many of these among the grass.

fluffy reeds
These are interesting up close.

Like all parks, reserves and walks, they are as interesting as you make them. If exercise is your aim, you may get fit, but you miss all the little things that make a slow walk enjoyable.
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Why? Good for a stroll in the park
When: anytime
Where: Greenslopes Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. K.10.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Lovely photos Neil
by May Cross (score: 3|7899) 380 days ago
Thank you again, Neil, for continued information for walkers with dogs. This is much appreciated indeed! Also thanks for the lovely clear photos - always a treat to see! I wonder if you are considering putting these together into a book for Melbourne walkers and "explorers". It would be a good up-to-date resource across a wide area of Melbourne. :)
by Chantelle (score: 1|41) 379 days ago
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