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Lakeview Drive, 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 September 19th 2020
It's called Lakeview, but you can't see it
Lakeview Drive in Lilydale is a two-kilometre long semi-circular street, starting and ending at Hull Road.

Lakeview Drive
Lakeview Drive sign in a landscaped area.

Starting at the eastern end, it is mainly uphill with some sections probably a little steep for wheelchairs. At this point is the entrance to the Olinda Creek Wetlands, which has wide flat paths, very suitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged and offers some water views.

Olinda Creek wetlands.
The entrance to the popular Olinda Creek Wetlands.

Lakeview Drive is now a well-established residential area and a pleasant walk if you like to look at gardens and all they have to offer.

white flowers
Masses of these blooms.

On almost every walk, some unusual plants attract your attention and afford some admiring glances, or in my case some interesting photos.

blue poles
Blue Poles?

unusual plant
Very unusual.

pink flowers
Just beautiful.

One of the most attractive floral displays is magnolias. Every aspect of their development has its own beauty, from just the flowers and then the leaves.

Beautiful at every stage.

white flowers.
Very white blossoms.

Like most suburban street these days in Melbourne, local residents are very evidently taking in their daily exercise, especially if the weather is fine.

couple walking
Good exercise.

Many bring their canine friends with them, almost a family outing.

Girls walking dogs
Each with their best friend.

Ten other thoroughfares run off Lakeview Drive and at the corner of each one, their name is set in stone in nicely landscaped areas.

Bella Vista
Bella Vista signs.

The highlight of this walk was the sighting of several magpies. A normal occurrence in the streets of Melbourne, but I saw one land in the fork of a nature strip tree where a nest had been built. Upon landing several small heads popped up with open mouths. A rare and beautiful sight.

Magpie on nest
The highlight of the walk.

The only other avian activity was a lone noisy miner.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner.

Upon reaching the western end of Lakeview Drive, another walk awaited me. Along Hull Road between the houses and roadway, a wide gravel path dissects a wide area of shrubs and trees.

couple walking
The wide path is evident here.

The path meanders.

This very undulating path connects the two ends of Lakeview Drive and was very popular with walkers. It is 1.3 kms in length, giving a 3.3 km circuit.

two girls walking.
Two's company.

The house side is well landscaped with many local flora.

old tree
A very interesting old tree.

Banksia close up.

The roadside is mainly large bushes and trees which acts as a buffer to the sound of passing traffic.

Wattle close up.

Many of these periwinkle flowers were evident.

pea flower
Very colourful.

Several years ago, Lakeview Drive was a mecca to view Christmas lights with almost every house lit up with Christmas themes. It was so popular, busloads of tourist would visit nightly, leading up to Christmas. A local resident told me that there were very few lights over the past few years.

flowering bush
More yellow blossoms.

In one section, Lakeview Reserve runs between Hull Road and Lakeview Drive. This makes a pleasant diversion.

Lakeview Reserve
Lakeview Reserve entrance.
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Why? It is a most interesting local walk with lots to see.
When: anytime
Where: Lakeview Drive, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. D10-H10.
Cost: Free
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