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Montrose Recreation Reserve 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 November 28th 2019
You can cross three bridges on this walk
The Montrose Recreation Reserve boasts two playing ovals, tennis courts, netball courts, a large playground and a bushwalk.

Reserve sign
This ie where we are.

Behind the main playing oval is a large bushland area. The main paths are wide compacted gravel. The area is flat so wheelchairs would find it suitable.

bush path
The main paths are wide.

Several streets back onto or pass the reserve and some local residents use it as a short cut to the Montrose town centre.

pusher on path
A pleasant short cut.

walkers on path
An easy walk.

There are several small, narrow and rough tracks off the main paths which wend their way through the relatively thick bush and scrub. It was disappointing to see a lot of rubbish discarded on and off those narrow paths.

narrow path.
One of the narrow paths

At the entrances to the main paths large boulders mark the spot, with most of them covered in graffiti.

rock graffiti
The rocks marks the entrance to one of the small paths.

A small stream meanders through the reserve and this has several picturesque bridges to allow crossing.

One of the three bridges.

Another bridge.

The third bridge.

There are stands of bracken ferns throughout the reserve and one has a seemingly out of place tree fern, overlooking its smaller cousins.

tree fern
Fern gully.

fern & insect.
A developing fern with visitor.

The Shiny Cassinia shrub was abundant giving a highlight with their white flowers contrasting against the dark background of the bush.

Cassinia bush
Close up of Cassinia bush.

A member of the daisy family was another white flower growing in the undergrowth.

A member of one of the daisy family.

Several wattle trees still had some fading blooms visible, but visibly fading.

Several other species of wildflowers were seen and photographed.

tea tree
A tea tree shrub in bloom.

small wildflower
Small petals.

tall wildflower
Tall, slender and colourful.

Several areas of native grasses were observed. Not as colourful as wildflowers, but still interesting.

native grasses
Native grasses.

Looking skywards at tall long dead trees often brings some avian rewards. One such look spied two kookaburras. Kookaburras tend to sit in the one spot for extended periods which means you often don't see or hear them arrive.

These two weren't talking.

Another skyward look was rewarded with a lone rainbow lorikeet sitting nicely at the end of a bare branch.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet nicely perched.

Apart from wandering through this reserve there are two other interesting attractions in the overall reserve. At the entrance is the Montrose Community Playground, a large complex for children of all ages.

Play ground.
Enter here for playtime.

Next to the second sporting oval is the Kevin Heinze Peoples Garden. A small garden packed with interest throughout.

fence & gate.
Enter here for Kevin Heinze's garden.

A walk through the Montrose Recreation Reserve Bushland is a reward in itself but combined with the two previously mentioned activities, it's a worthwhile destination. If it's football season, you can also watch some grass-roots footy.

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Why? It's an easy bush experience.
When: Anytime
Where: Montrose Recreation Reserve. Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, montrose. Melways map: 52. D.8.
Cost: free
Your Comment
Another great article Neil. I'm alwaus checking the dead trees when I'm out and about as they are great spots to get good bird photos.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|8042) 325 days ago
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