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Long View Road, Croydon 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 May 1st 2021
These cockatoos won't fly away
Long View Road is a very pleasant 1.2 km. walk. It is undulating, but not too steep and has a big surprise.

street scene
Long View Road.

It starts at Eastfield Road and ends at the Tarralla Creek Trail.

end of the road.
The end of the road.

Many flowers are to be enjoyed on this walk. Two specimens of different coloured salvias were photographed. A deep pink and a lovely purple.

salvia
Pink salvia.


Purple salvia.
Purple salvia.


salvia close up
Beautiful up close.

A stalk of purple salvias managed to escape through a gap in a paling fence. An easier escape route was taken by a couple of camellia blooms.

salvias
Escaping salvias.


camellia
Through the fence.

A small street library attached to a tree catered for any bookworms passing, while a nesting box on a street tree catered for any passing possums.

Street library.
Street library.


nesting box
Nesting box in street tree.

A bonus of any walk in autumn is the sight of trees full of autumn leaves. An added bonus is on your return walk, you will see those same leaves backlit by the sun and becoming translucent.

Autumn leaves.
Pure magic.

Many birds were observed along Long View Road. Many magpies and noisy miners were very apparent.



magpie
You can get close to them.


noisy miner
He's spied something.


A chirping wattlebird made its presence known, while a crimson rosella was spied almost hidden in the inner branches of a street tree.

wattle bird
Chirping away.


Crimson rosella.
Crimson Rosella.

Just as we passed Pleasant Rise the surprise became very evident. Two large black, yellow-tailed cockatoos, seemingly perched upon a tree stump.

Yellow tailed black cockatoo
A definite surprise.

When a large wattle tree was damaged by lightning, an opportunity emerged to use the stump to capture the essence of the area. Sculptor Rob Bast carved a magnificent pair of black yellow-tailed cockatoos over four days, working within the unique shape of the twin trunks of the old tree.

Yellow tailed black cockatoo
Very realistic.

Keeping with the avian theme, one house was home to two imitation owls quietly resting upon poles.

owls
At least one looks happy.

Old looking garden lamps are becoming popular in large gardens. One we saw was standing next to a yucca plant and another sat atop a bluestone gate post.

lamp and yucca.
Lamp and yucca.


lamp
Lighting the way.

Several azaleas added colour to the gardens as did several camellias.



azaleas
Azaleas.


azaleas
Azaleas.


camellia
Camellias.


camellia
Camellia.

A solanum or kangaroo apple showed it colourful blooms.

Solanum
Solanum flower.

Older areas usually have large blocks with large front gardens which allows many creative layouts, adding visual interest in passing.

garden
A creative garden.

At the end of Long View Road, a footbridge crosses the Tarralla Creek bridge, allowing the Tarralla Creek Trail to change sides.

trail sign.
You can go left or right.

A dog walker and a lone pedestrian were the only foot traffic seen, but several cyclists were using the bridge to continue along the creek trail. Caution is needed crossing this bridge as cyclists always seem to be in a hurry.

dog walker
Walking the dog.


walker
The lone walker.


cyclists on bridge.
Cyclists on bridge.

An important aspect of Long View Road is that it allows local residents access to the creek trail.

Street sign
The start of a great walk.

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Why? It's worth it.
When: anytime
Where: Long View Road, Croydon South. Melway map. 50.E.8.
Cost: Free
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