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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 December 31st 2019
Don't jump in the lake, walk around it
My arrival was around 9.00 am on a pleasant summer Saturday morning and I was not alone.

Park entrance
The entrance from Lakewood Drive

In the centre of this reserve is, by suburban standards, a large lake, with a wide, flat asphalt path circling the lake on two sides before passing through large bush areas.

Group walking
The lake and a group of dedicated walkers.

Within the first few hundred metres, I had encountered about ten people, many walking their dogs.

Walkers & dogs
Very popular with both walkers and their dogs.

It is a very popular walk with local residents, many of them were good for a friendly chat, extolling the virtues of "their" lake.

Walkers
Having a chat.

Many birds were also encountered. The club house leader being noisy miners, which were unusually quiet.

Noisy miner
A quiet noisy miner.

A couple of wattle birds were seen and photographed.

red wattle bird
Red wattle bird.

Two spotted doves were kind enough to perch on a bare branch for a few minutes.

Spotted doves
A pair of spotted doves.

Many crows were heard, but only one was sighted.

crow
Black crow.

A few magpies were around as were several Indian mynas. A fleeting glimpse of a swamphen was seen as it headed for cover at the waters edge.


An unusual sighting were two spur wing plovers feeding on the grassy verge of the lake.

Spur wing plover
One of the spur wing plovers.

One local resident I spoke to said there were many blue wrens in the area, and another reported seeing several noisy miners chasing a black cockatoo earlier in their morning walk.

Pathway
The pathway.

The paths are shared with cyclists and would be easy going for wheelchairs, but the 3.3 km circuit may be a little long. Although, frequent stops to have a chat will break the journey into manageable segments.

Pathway
The paths are easy going.

I counted over 50 ducks swimming on the lake as well as three little black cormorants sitting on protruding branches from the water.

cormorants
The little black cormorants.

A small jetty is on one side of the lake offering a fishing platform.

Fishing jetty
The fishing jetty.

On my visit, several people were fishing from the jetty, with one actually catching a fish. It was quite large and looked like a carp.

Fishing
A good catch.

Apart from the sealed paths, there are many other narrow and rough ones meandering through the bush areas at the Lakewood Drive end of the reserve.

bush path
Walking through the bush area.


bush path
One of the narrow paths.

Only two flowering bushes were seen. Another resident reported that very few wildflowers are present in spring. Many native grasses were evident and appeared to be flourishing.

bush flower
There were many of these.


native grass
Close up of native grass.


tea tree
A tea tree species.

According to another local, the area was originally an orchard and the lake was formerly a dam. It now serves as a retailing basin in times of heavy rainfall.

Like all good suburban reserves, it can be accessed from many points, including an underpass under Lakewood Drive.

This is one reserve that is worthwhile seeking out for an easy, enjoyable and scenic walk.
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Where: Lakewood Drive Knoxfield. Melways map: 73. C.2.
Your Comment
Arrived on a Saturday morning to find the walk is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays.
by Margaret Adamson (score: 0|6) 328 days ago
Another great write up Neil. I always look forward to seeing what you find in these places.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 325 days ago
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