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Llllypilly Lane, Kilsyth South

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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 January 31st 2023
What's at the end of the Lane
This 600 mt. lane runs off Liverpool Road. It is a no-through road with a surprise at the end.

Lillypilly Lane
Lillypilly Lane

It is semi-rural with acreages rather than normal housing blocks, with every house set well back from the road and every property having a front fence.

property fence
Some front fences are attractive.

Being almost country, horses were resident on many properties.

Horses in paddock
Several properties had horses.

One and a half horses.

Agapanthus were a predominant flower on many properties and roadside verges.

Many groups were on the verge and the large properties.

Nice up close.

A tall slender tree-like plant looked unusual, but on closer inspection of its base revealed it was an agave plant.

Agave plant.
A very mature agave plant.

Many magpies were seen. One sitting on a fence departed as I approached, but another two were oblivious to me as they appeared to be arguing over a tasty morsel. It was certainly a loud argument from one maggy.

magpie flying.
Nice to catch one in flight.

two magpies
"Where's mine?"

A few properties had bushes planted behind their fence. They included a couple of bottlebrush bushes, a trumper bush and a montbretia plant, the latter being a member of the iris family, native to southern and eastern Africa.

Colourful bottlebrush.

Trumper bush.
Trumper bush.

Montbretia plant.
Montbretia plant.

Only a couple of roses were seen.

Before and after.

A particularly picturesque scene was a well-maintained paddock with numerous gum trees scattered on it. On my return walk along Lillypilly Lane some nice views of nearby Mt. Dandenong presented themselves.

Treed paddock.
Treed paddock.

Mt. Dandenong.
Nearby Mt. Dandenong.

A not well-maintained paddock had a small outcrop of prickly pear cacti. Another had a couple of blackberry bushes on the fence line,

Prickly pear.
Prickly pear.

Almost black blackberries.

A couple of fences had a row of insulators strung along them. This is a sure indication of an electric fence, definitely a no-touch one.


Incorporated in one fence were two iron wheels, remnants of a former farm machine. One front yard featured a wheelbarrow still in use, rather than being a mobile garden bed. A surprise sighting was eleven canoes on two trailers almost looking abandoned.

Iron wheels.
Old farm wheels.

Wheel barrow and canoes.
Wheel barrow and canoes

A couple of properties had entrance gates attached to brick piers. They both had lamps atop them.

Five other bird sightings were a noisy miner, Indian myna and mudlark. A pair of plovers were in one front garden and a wooden kookaburra sitting on a post.

Noisy miner, Indian miner and mudlark.
Noisy miner, Indian miner and mudlark.

A pair of plovers.

Wooden kookaburra.
Wooden kookaburra.

Being a semi-rural lane with no footpaths no walkers were seen. Along Liverpool Road is a walking track that seemed popular with walkers and cyclists.

A walker in Liverpool Road and the end of the lane.

A reminder of almost being in the country were an old gate and rural-looking fences.

Rustic gate and fences.
Rustic gate and fences.

Most properties had a large expanse of grass between the road and the house, but a few had some landscaping in the form of a swing and hangings from a tree branch.

tree hangings.
Tree hangings.

The surprise at the end was the entrance to Iron Bark Station, a function centre styled on an 1850s colonial town.

Iron Bark Station.
Enter along Clydesdale Lane.

If not a casual walk, a slow drive along Lillypilly Lane is interesting and would be educational for younger ones.

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Why? A rural walk almost ib suburbia.
When: Anytime
Where: Lillypilly Lane, Kilsyth South. Melway map: 65. G.3
Cost: free
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