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Loughie's Bushland

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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 July 5th 2019
Not a Stroll in the Park
Loughie's Bushland.
Kubis Drive,
Ringwood North.

Melways Map 49 F.3.

Bushland sign
Information on the bushland.

The site of Loughie's Bushland was originally a mixture of orchards and native vegetation owned by Anthony Loughnan in the 1900s.

Bushland entrance
One of the entrances from Kubis Drive.

The now 4 hectare site is 90% native bushland situated on the side of a hill. The gravel paths through the bush mostly follow the contours of the land.

Bush pathway
The path through the centre of the bush.

One path, leading to the top of the area, is rather steep and steps have been incorporated to assist navigation. All paths would be unsuitable for the mobility challenged.

Bush steps.
The steps leading to the top of the bushland.

However, along Kubis Drive a wide flat gravel path doubles as a footpath as it gently winds its way between gum trees. If a mobility challenged person proceeded along the Kubis Drive path they would be accorded a very good view of the bushland rising before them.

Pathway
The path along Kubis Drive.

Suburbia has encroached on the area with houses backing onto the high side of the bushland and on the opposite side of Kubis Drive on the low side.

Pathway entrance
Another entrance.

My visit on a sunny weekday winter morning was very quiet, with only two other fellow walkers passed.

One of two fellow walkers encountered.

Information on the bushland indicates that over 185 indigenous species of plants have been identified in the area. Nineteen species of birds have been recorded as being in the area and six mammals have also been sighted. I saw none, not even one bird, although some could be heard. The plants were very evident, from mature trees, through to shrubs and native grasses.

Like most suburban parks and reserves they can be accessed from surrounding streets.

While not being suitable for a Sunday stroll, with the exception of the flat pathway, the walk through the bushland itself is a very pleasant journey back to what the area would have looked like a hundred years ago.

In springtime I would image that many wildflowers would be in bloom. I saw a few specimens of the common white heath and a flowering shrub which appeared to be of the grevillea genus.

Flowers
Looks very much like a grevillea.


Heath.
A display of white heath.

If you desire a slightly challenging short genuine bush walk, this is the place to be.


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Why? Slightly challenging bush walk
Where: Kubis Drive, Ringwood North
Cost: Free
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Another great park article Neil.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|6529) 3 days ago
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