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Monterey Bush Park

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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 June 24th 2019
Three experiences here
Park entrance
The entrance at Tortice Drive.

This medium size park has three dimensions. A wide compacted gravel path initially passing through a wooded area, leading onto an open grassed expanse.

Bush pathway
The wide pathway.

Beyond that is a small lake with a short boardwalk and viewing platform along one edge. The lake is surrounded by reeds which would be home to the ducks and a single coot was seen swimming and diving for food. A lone cormorant was also observed.

Lake with reeds
The reed surrounded lake.


Lake reflections
Still water reflections


Coot
The single coot swimming.

The wide path and boardwalk and viewing platform overlooking the small lake is wheelchair friendly and any wheelchair-bound visitors would enjoy the experience, with the resident birds giving a swimming and diving exhibition.

Cormorant
The cormorant taking advantage of the viewing area.

Like all suburban parks, it is popular with local dogs and their owners giving good exercise to man and beast.

Walking dog
A walk in the winter sunshine.

The third dimension of the park was a heavily timbered area along one side with many tall pine trees. Throughout this section are many narrow paths winding among the pines and numerous gum trees giving a feeling of isolation.

One of the many pine trees in the park.

It is decreed an indigenous flora reserve but my winter walk saw no evidence of any flora. No doubt in spring that will change. A couple of examples of fungi was noticed in the more wooded areas.

fungi
One of the fungi sighted.

At the southern end of the park, a pathway leads to the McAlpin Reserve, which is well worth a visit.

Sign
Points the way to the McAlpin Reserve.

It is a very quiet park in a very quiet neighbourhood. Just the place for a quiet walk.
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Where: Indigenous Flora and Fauna Reserve. Tortice Drive, Ringwood North, Melways: Map 35 K.12.
Your Comment
You're obvoiusly a fan of these beautiful parks and why wouldnt you be. We are fortunate that so many of them have been made available these days.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7511) 165 days ago
Great write ups about the parks you visit Neil, keep them coming as my dog Jake and I love exploring new places to walk. Handy hint would be adding a map on your articles. Thanks again Neil.
by Traznat (score: 0|4) 167 days ago
Flora is the plant life of an area - not just flowers - your pictures are full of flora.
by Seamist (score: 1|46) 167 days ago
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