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Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark

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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 2nd 2020
Where has all the green grass gone?
Is the grass greener on the other side of the highway? It was when I shifted into the area 45 years ago and horses grazed in the verdant pastures across the highway. The pastures are now long gone, turned into 100s of houses, each with their own little patch of grass.

aerial suburbs
The other side of the highway.


With our exercise locations now being geographically restricted a foot-borne expedition was in order to gain some exercise, breathe some fresh air (filtered) and become more visually aware of our near neighbourhood, not to mention finding green grass.

girls walking.
I soon encountered others


I started my exploration at Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark. As I crossed the Maroondah Highway, a loud crow call above me attracted my attention. Not being fluent in crow talk, I didn't know if he was saying, welcome or go away.

crow
The welcoming? crow.


Another crow was later encountered ground feeding, as was a magpie.

magpie
Feeding magpie.


It soon became obvious that Landscape Drive was well named as almost every house sported a well landscaped front garden and an abundance of colourful flowers.

azaleas
Can't miss these azaleas.


The start of Landscape Drive at the Maroondah Highway end is elevated and soon a view across houses to nearby Mt. Dandenong adds enjoyment to the walk.

Mt. Dandenong
Overlooking houses, magnolia tree to Mt. Dandenong.


Your walk can be slowed if you stop to admire many of the floral displays in front gardens. Mr Google tells me that there 23 varieties of the common daisy and I think I saw an example of most of them.

daisy
A very beautiful daisy.


letter box.
An interesting plant.


I was not the only one indulging in exercise. I met many walkers, two joggers and several dogs with owners.

man & dog
Man and his best friend.


pushing uphill
All ages enjoying the walk.


Being a relatively newly developed area most of the houses are of new and interesting designs.

house
A unique design.


Landscape Drive is almost two kilometres in length and meanders through 90 degrees, meeting up with Mooroolbark Road. At this point, the grass does become greener on the other side of the road.

grassy padock.
Almost the green, green grass of home.


On the western side of Mooroolbark Road a footpath, bordering residential areas winds its way up and down the undulating landscape. Both sides of the path have been landscaped, hiding paling fences and softening the sound of passing traffic.

meandering path.
Hard to imagine that it is next to a busy road.


A splash of colour caught my eye only a couple of metres away. It was a Crimson Rosella, almost hiding in a tall shrub at eye height. I think we both received a fright as it quickly departed as I managed a quick photo.

Crimson rosella.
The unexpected Crimson Rosella..


Another splash of colour was a wattle that had just burst into bloom telling us spring has arrived.

wattle
Always a welcome sight.


The landscaping consists of medium and tall shrubs, native grasses and many old-growth gum trees.

tree bark
Always interesting.


native grass
Up close.


Mooroolbark Road ends (or starts) at Maroondah Highway and a short walk will bring you to where you started at Landscape Drive. The circuit is just over three kms and took one hour.

The green pastures have long gone, replaced by houses, gardens and an interesting walk.
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Where: Landscape Drive, Mooroolbark. Melways map: 37. K.6.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Good effort looking for beauty, in the human overflow. I know people need a place to live, but why monster houses on beautiful fertile land.
Its the same where I grew up.
Enjoyed your article. Hope you find more green grass. :)
by susan (score: 0|6) 8 days ago
Loved this article as I am disabled and stuck at home and backyard. Very inspiring and interesting. Thank you.
by belin (score: 0|8) 15 days ago
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