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Karingal Road, Croydon North

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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 19th 2021
See your first staghound
Karingal Road is a no through road running off Exeter Road.

Karingal Road.
Karingal Road.

It is only 500 metres in length but a winding walking track continues for another 400 metres, meeting up with Holloway Road.

gum tree
Expansive views from the path at the end of Karingal Road.

It is an old housing area of very deep blocks along both sides. Consequently, almost every block has been developed into multiple units, ranging from four up to eleven on one block. I didn't count them, but that was how many letterboxes were at the entrance.

mail boxes.
Very deep blocks.

Very few flowers were blooming. A tall and a short grevillea were the most colourful, but a red flowering bush was a close contender for the brightest.


small grevillea
Junior grevillea.

red flowering bush.
Red flowering bush.

One developed block had a couple of picket fences and lychgates incorporated into the front garden. Some of the older blocks had interesting fences.

picket fence & lychgate.
Picket fence & lychgate.

Interesting fence.

Several people were about, most with their dogs, and occasionally without.

lady walking dog.
Walking the dog.

couple walking
A no dog walk.

The only birds sighted in Karingal Road were many crows and magpies.

crowing crow
A crow crowing.

A successful fossick.

A surprising sight was a magpie and a noisy miner sitting close together on a power line. Noisy miners are usually chasing magpies, not cohabitating on a power line!

Magpie & noisy miner.
Friends at last.

The most interesting part of this walk is the meandering path continuing on from the end of Karingal Road.

Gravel pathway.

This path meanders along the boundary of a fenced six acre bush area and an expanse of grass leading to Brushy Creek.

walker on path.
It is a popular walking path.

Two men and a dog were walking this path and I was introduced to their friendly staghound.

two men & a dog.
Two men & a dog.

Stag hound.
Stag hound.

Also on this path was a young lady walking her caboodle. On my walks, I have met many variations of the 'oodle' breed. I have concluded that somewhere in Melbourne is a very busy poodle.

girl with dog.
Walking the caboodle.

The Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges has just experienced heavy rain and damaging winds. This area had much evidence of the carnage in the form of downed trees and many pools of surface water.

tree branches.
Storm result.

One pool of water had two sulphur crested cockatoos feeding on the edge, giving a nice reflection photo.

Cockatoos reflected.
Cockatoos in reflective mood.

A gum tree was also nicely reflected in another pool.

gum tree reflection.
Gum tree reflection

Many cockatoos were seen feeding at ground level and then ascending en masse to nearby trees.

flying cockatoo.
In flight.

flying cockatoo.
Still airborne.

Cockatoo in tree.

What looked like a permanent pond in the adjacent fenced bush area were several black ducks.

black duck
Black duck.

Another noisy miner and an Indian myna were seen in this area.

noisy miner
Noisy miner.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

Indian myna
Indian myna.

This is a great walk, combining a street walk with almost a bushwalk without changing step.

Street sign
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Why? It's an unique experience
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Where: Karingal road, Croydon North. Melways map: 37. C.8.
Cost: Free
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