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Lakeview Reserve

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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 February 8th 2020
It is only a short walk but very scenic
Lakeview Drive is a semi-circle street starting and ending in Hull Road. The walk to the reserve starts at the western entrance to Lakeview Drive and is a one km. compacted gravel path, which acts as a footpath along Hull road until it enters the reserve proper.

Footpath pathway
The footpath pathway along Hull Road.

On a weekend, this section appears to be popular with walkers and joggers. Good exercise as the path is undulating giving them uphill and downhill challenges.

Walker & jogger.
A walker and a jogger.

This section is also popular with magpies as most of the area on both sides of the path have been landscaped and mulched, which gives the magpies food fossicking territory.

magpies
Two magpies waiting for me to pass.

This linear reserve itself is only about 500 metres long, but it is very wide and ends at Lakeside Drive. Not particularly suitable for wheelchairs, as it is quite undulating and would require some good push power.

reserve entrance
The entrance at Hull Road.

The compacted gravel path is wide and runs along the western side of the reserve, which is in a small valley.

The rest of the reserve is grass, with many stands of gum trees and undergrowth scattered throughout.

pathway
Winding past the trees.


pathway
It is a nice setting.

Few birds were seen, with only a parrot spied on an inner branch of a tree.

parrot
The only bird seen in the reserve. .

A large bush displayed an abundance of white flowers, the only flowering bush seen.

flowering bush
The prolific flowering bush.

There were several small groups of some bright red flowers which certainly gave a splash of colour against their verdant backdrop.

mass of red flowers
A mass of red.


red flowers
Colourful up close.

Always colourful and a Scotsman's delight is a display of Scottish thistles.

scotch thistle
Colourful, but prickly.

Several long dead trees have been left in situ which gives a very rustic feeling about the area and no doubt offers a home to some small critters.

dead tree
Definitely a rustic look.

If you venture off the path and descend into the valley you will have a pleasant walk on the well-maintained area, but you will also get a good cardio-vascular workout when you head back to the path.

pathway seat
The only facility in the reserve, a seat to enjoy the view.

It is obviously a popular spot with some locals as indicated by a couple of fold up chairs waiting to be sat upon and a parked toy car and a single rope swing.

Chairs in reserve
The chairs awaiting sitters.


tree swing
The parked car and rope swing.

My walk was on a warm summer Saturday morning, but I only encountered one walker and her dog. Perhaps with Lilydale Lake being only a few hundred kms away could be the reason.

Walker & dog.
Missing the scenery.

It is also only a short walk to the Hull Road Wetlands.

Combined with the other walks in the immediate area, you would be exposed to a variety of topography.


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Where: Hull Road, Lilydale. Melways map 38. F.10.
Cost: Free
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I think you mean a few hundred meters away. Lovely article.
by junea (score: 1|73) 12 days ago
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