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Hull Road, Lilydale

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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 November 4th 2020
Take the Hull Road hike
This 2.5 km walk is along a dedicated path along Hull Road. It starts near Carronvale Road and parallels the south side of Hull Road for almost one kilometre.

cyclist
Near the start of the walk.

It's a newly constructed concrete path shared by walkers and cyclists.

cyclist and walker.
Sharing the path.

Between the path and the back fences of residential properties, a wide band has been landscaped with hundreds of plants, native grasses, bushes and trees to complement many mature trees.

yellow flowering bush
Yellow flowering bush.


white flowering bush.
Small, but nice.

Mostly a verdant vista, frequent splashes of colour manifest as small floral specimens or larger blooms and mass gatherings.



orange flowers
Unusual.


wattle
Masses of wattle blooms.

Many varieties of native grasses have been planted supplementing the many mature plants. After observing these native grasses, I have realised a lot of what I called weeds in my garden are actual native grasses. The result - less weeding.

native grass
Native grass.


flowering bush
It pays to look up.

This part of the path is popular with cyclists. If you are walking, keep to the left, as on my walk, I was passed by two cyclists who overtook me with no warning, travelling at a very brisk pace.

cyclist
He passed me.


gum leaves
Colourful leaves.

Just before reaching Lakeview Drive, the walking path crosses the busy Hull Road and continues on the north side. It is not a signed pedestrian crossing but has a refuge island to enable one lane at a time to be safely crossed.

road crossing
The crossing on Hull Road.

Once Lakeview Drive is reached, the path becomes gravel. Although quite wide, it is very undulating with some steep sections, which would make this section unsuitable for wheelchairs.


steep path
On the steep path.

Many of the large flora was in bloom offering some pleasant viewing.

white bottlebrush
White bottlebrush.


banksia
Always colourful.

A splash of colour at the base of a long-dead tree stump caught my eye. Close inspection revealed several colourful fungi.
fungi
The fungi around the stump base.


The width allows the path to meander, which gives a pleasant outlook to the path ahead and makes the steep sections look a little less steep.

man & dog
Man and his dog meandering.


man & dog
Multi-tasking. Exercise, walking the dog and 'phone a friend.

This section is quite wide with landscaping both sides of the path. The roadside is heavily vegetated and dulls the passing traffic noise.

grass stalk
Sharp but attractive.

Despite constantly passing vegetation and trees, the only birds sighted were magpies, both on the ground or in trees and a noisy miner on overhead wires.

magpies
Best of friends?


noisy miner
Just sitting.

I have walked this section two times and even on a weekday, walkers, with and without their dogs, were partaking of the walk.

couple & dog
It's uphill here.

Along this section, Lakeview Reserve is encountered. It is a short, but wide reserve which leads to Lakeview Drive.

reserve sign
The entrance to Lakeview Reserve.

The Hull Road walk ends when it meets Lakeside Drive. You can continue into the Olinda Creek Wetlands, which has several small lakes, many walking paths and waterbirds to observe.

wetlands sign
The entrance to Olinda Creek Wetlands.

For those who like a good long walk, the Hull Road path can lead to many other walks, all with their own magic ingredients.
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Why? It's good for a long walk with side benefits.
When: anytime
Where: Hull Road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. A.9.
Cost: Free
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