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Hillcrest 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 May 21st 2019
Small but pleasant
This is a truly hidden reserve. Its size was reduced when the Melba and Mullum Mullum tunnels were built for Eastlink, but it still has some facilities.

reserve entrance
The entrance from Lisbeth Avenue.

The playground near Lisbeth Avenue is small and only suitable for smaller children.

Play ground
The small play ground.

Further into the park, heading towards Eastlink you pass through a stand of old pine trees. They and many other trees provide many shady areas in hot weather. The reserve is very undulating with the only flat areas being the playground and the tennis court.

Pine trees
The path leading through the stand of pine trees.

It is designated an off-lead dog area, except within 15 metres of the playground, and any sporting event.

Tennis court
The tennis court with picnic table and drinking fountain in foreground.

A surprise sighting is a single tennis court, available for use by local residents as it requires a key to gain entry. Adjacent to the court is a picnic table and a drinking fountain.

Towards the northern end of the park, a tall stone tower looms above the landscape. It is the entrance to the Melba Tunnel on Eastlink.

Stone tower
The stone tower at the entrance to the Melba Tunnel.

In a flat concreted area are several large round planter boxes mainly planted with tall grasses. On the edge of one of these is a memorial plaque detailing the naming of the tunnels.

The plaque relating to the Eastlink tunnels.

The reserve leads onto the Eastlink Trail and the Mullum Mulllum Park.

Trail sign
The Eastlink Trail sign.

The sign on the Eastlink Tail.

If you are on the Eastlink trail and feeling thirsty a sign at that end of Hillcrest Reserve indicates a drinking fountain, so it could be an excuse for a slight diversion and a look-see.
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Where: Hillcrest Reserve Lisbeth Avenue, Donvale. Melways Map 48 K.5.
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