Merrill Crescent, Warranwood

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Posted 2022-08-14 by Neil Follettfollow
I knew this was going to be an enjoyable walk the moment I stepped out of the car. I was greeted with a cacophony of raucous laughter by many kookaburras. They were not visible, but one kindly landed in a nearby tree.

This just over one-kilometre meandering and undulating crescent begins as a continuation of Bemboka Road and ends at Croydon Hills Drive.

It appears to be a well-established area of large blocks. There was only a paved footpath on a small section, although a short dirt path had a country walk feel about it. Along this path, many wattle trees were in full bloom.

It is a very treed area and even on a dull day, large displays of wattle give a very warm Australian feel.

Grevilleas and banksias also give the walk an Australian feel.

A rainbow lorikeet was seen sitting atop a flowering gum tree and as I approached, it kindly started to feed on the gum blossoms. It's sights like this that make street walks more enjoyable.

It was only at the Croydon Hills Drive end that more formal gardens were evident. This is when most of the flowers were seen. Only saw a couple of daisies and one polygala bush. Many aloe plants were in flower, as were a couple of correa plants.

Along most of the crescent, you would be forgiven if you thought you were in the bush. No footpaths with foliage to road's edge. There were large sections, which appear to be bushland, rather than residential.

One large front garden had two nesting boxes attached to trees. An eagle is depicted on the front, indicating that the boxes provided a safe haven for small birds from large birds of prey.

A red sage plant was in full bloom. Only one camellia was sighted as was a solitary bird of paradise. The owner of the bird of paradise was in his garden and lamented that it wasn't a good specimen, despite the TLC that he gave it.

A variety of garden seats were in many of the gardens offering a peaceful setting for the owners.

Few fences were evident, with many properties utilising the natural bush as a barrier. However, a picket fence and a wire fence protected two properties. A lychgate was almost hidden within a high hedge.

Large blocks seem to attract large garden ornaments, such as wagon wheels, and a country look was a small portion of a post and rail fence.

A creeping mirror plant and a sunshine bush were an unusual sighting. Pig's ears, rosemary and an iris were more common flowers seen.

Only one dog walker and a baby walker were seen.

Other birds seen were a noisy miner, a distant magpie and two rooftop spotted doves.

An interesting bird bath had faces around its bowl. Only one garden sported a garden lamp and a small statue was almost hidden.

Several colourful, but unidentified, flowers were photographed.

The crescent is crossed at one point by the Croydon Hills Walking Trail.

Merrill Crescent is a very quiet and picturesque walk.

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