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Lookover Road, Donvale

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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 19th 2021
Don't overlook Lookover
Lookover Road is a 1.2 km road between Glendale Road and Oban Road.

Front garden
A few landscaped gardens were at the fence line.

It is almost in a valley as the large housing blocks that rise from both sides of the road with all houses well back from the road. Consequently, very few formal landscaped gardens were in evidence.

driveway
The driveway to the house.

Some, however, had a more formal type garden at road level with some colourful flowers including Irises, Peonies and Sollya creeper.

iris
Iris flowers do look nice.


peony roses
Peony roses are always colourful.


Sollya creeper.
Sollya creeper.

Properties on acreages, as some were, tend to have impressive entrances and driveways.

Entrance
An impressive entrance.

Old farm equipment seems to have found a new lease of life in front yards of large blocks, particularly if they are rusty. A three-wheeled small dray almost looked at home in one garden.

three wheeled cart
Very rustic.

Well-kept large front yards were the norm with trees being the dominant flora. Combined with nature strip trees a leafy green road is evident.

road scene
Very verdant.

On this road, if you wish to test your counting skills, try counting the Agapanthus flowers. By the time you reach 1000, you can then count those on the other side of the road.

agapanthus
Agapanthus.


agapanthus
Front fence with agapanthus.

Part way along is the Lookover Road Reserve, dominated by huge high tension wires and their tall pylons.

reserve sign
Entrance to Lookover Road Reserve..

Some say they are a blot on the landscape but up close, they are awesome. Apart from transmitting electricity, they also have another practical use. They make good landmarks for visual navigation in light aircraft.

power pylons.
They are awesome up close.
pylons
Underneath the pylons.

The reserve is almost level at roadside but rises steeply as is ascends to Glenwood Close, after passing through a small stand of mature pine trees. A large, almost level grass field seemed ideal for local residents to play with their children.


pine trees
The small stand of Pine trees.

Almost under the high tension wires is a bushy area. It was here that the only floral flora was seen. One of the tea tree variety and a Watsonia, a native of South Africa.

tea tree
One of the Tea-tree genus.


watsonia
Watsonia.

There are no footpaths along Lookover Road, so care and vigilance is needed if walking.

walker
Hi-viz walker.

It would not be recommended for wheelchairs but the mobility challenged would enjoy a slow drive along roads such as Lookover Road.

road sign
We are here.

A surprise was to see a small Jacaranda tree, in full bloom, on one nature strip. Non-council type trees are often seen in this type of road, probably planted by caring residents.

jacaranda tree
Jacaranda magic.

Despite the abundance of trees, the only birds seen were one noisy miner in a tree and several magpies at ground level.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.


magpies
Takes two to tango.


magpie
Solo performance.

Walking carefully or slowly driving, Lookover Road deserves a good look over.
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Why? It's almost rural in suburbia.
When: anytime
Where: Lookover Road, Donvale. Melways map: 49. D.5.
Cost: Free
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Lovely walk Neil.
by annie (score: 1|24) 39 days ago
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