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Kardinia Crescent, Warranwood

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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 19th 2022
A Pleasant Crescent
This 900-metre crescent starts at Warranwood Road and ends at Wonga Road.

Kardinia Crescent.
Kardinia Crescent. Almost a country drive.

It is a well established area of large blocks. Most houses are built away from the road and are hidden behind vegetated front yards with the vegetation often reaching the road way.

Kardinia Crescent.
Very country.

Driveways to properties often resemble bush tracks.

property driveways.
Going home - going bush.

There are no footpaths, although a short area has a path on the verge.

Roadside path.
Roadside path.

Many of the floral displays were on the verge areas, including many bottle brushes and grevilleas.

bottle brush
There are many of these.

Many grevilleas were seen.

Other flowers seen were a yellow broom tree, Cape Province pygmyweed, Chinese lantern, lily, iris and a geranium.

Six flowers
Broom tree, Cape Province pygmyweed, Chinese lantern, lily, iris and a geranium.

Some flowers have strange names, such as the beardtongue and bears breeches, which is a native of the Mediterranean area and sometimes called an oyster plant.

Beard tongue.
Beard tongue.

Bear's breeches.
Bear's breeches.

A Mexican sage bush, native to the forests of central and eastern Mexico was similar in colour to many of the salvia variety. A red salvia was overhanging a tall front fence as was a beautiful fuchsia bush.

Mexican sage bush.
Mexican sage bush.

Red salvia.


An unusual, almost looking like an orchid plant was a columbine, which is a genus of about 6070 species of perennial plants that are found in meadows, woodlands, and at higher altitudes throughout the Northern Hemisphere, known for the spurred petals of their flowers.

Columbine flower.
The unusual columbine flower.

As the crescent curves it touches on a bush walk from Omeo Parade to Warranwood Reserve. A small bush reserve is worth exploring. A seat is available for a rest and a bridge is across a small pond. Interestingly the pond was alive with many tadpoles morphing into frogs.

A section of the bush walk, the small pond and a tadpole morphing into a frog.

An unidentified flower looked like a member of the hibiscus family but my identification program couldn't place it. A particularly beautiful sight was a budding red rose amongst shiny green leaves.

unidentified flower.
The unidentified flower.


Despite all the trees and bush, the only birds seen were a couple of noisy miners.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

With only a few landscaped front gardens visible not many garden ornaments were seen. A couple of garden lamps, one bird bath and a chair waiting near the mailbox. A modern brick mailbox structure featured a raised garden bed.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Seat and bird bath.
A seat to wait for the mail and a bird bath.

Garden beds.
One of the few landscaped areas and mail box planter.

With no footpaths any walkers had to share the road with cars and many did.

Walkers on road.
Shared roadway.

A melaleuca tree was almost ablaze with white flowers. It is a member of the myrtle family and is native to south eastern Australia.

Melaleuca tree.
Melaleuca tree.

Convolvulas ground cover plants were very profuse as were daisies.

Convolvulus flowers.


Front fences of older properties are interesting and we saw some new ones, some old ones and some very old ones. To go with the old ones, an almost abandoned yard was noticed.

New, old and very old.

overgrown garden.

Pride of madeira plants look attractive when in flower and closely inspected, as do mat-rush bushes.

Pride of madeira bush.
Pride of madeira bush.

mat rush
Mat rush plant.

Every child's delight is finding dandelion flowers that have gone to seed and just waiting for their seeds being blown to the wind.

Waiting for a blow.

Instead of backtracking on this street walk, you can return to your starting point along Wonga Road to create a 1.4 km. circuit.

Wonga Road.
Wonga Road is busy.

Kardinia Crescent is a pleasant crescent, a wonderful walk and almost a bush experience.

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Why? Almost a bush walk.
When: anytime
Where: Kardinia Crescent, Warranwood. Melway map: 36. C.10 to B.9.
Cost: Free
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