I'm a retired photographer living in Lilydale mainly researching and writing on Australian aviation history. Now writing more on general subjects.
Published January 31st 2020
If You are a pine nut, this one is for you
Iona Reserve is a 1.3 hectare Pine tree covered reserve along a natural drainage line in the heart of Park Orchards. A meandering informal path winds through pine trees and creates a pleasant, relaxing space for participating in informal recreation opportunities. On entering, it seems like you are entering a black forest.
The entrance. It does look like a black forest beyond.
On a dark and foggy morning, it would be an eerie feeling walking through the reserve. The local young lady with her dachshund puppy remarked that a few years ago scenes for a movie were filmed in the reserve complete with some imitation fog.
The only birds seen or heard were several magpies foraging on the ground.
You won't find this one without your Melways or one of those dashboard thingos. Dirlton Reserve is another pine tree-based reserve only about 500 metres away and combining the two will satisfy you pining for tall trees.