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Morokai Grove, Lilydale

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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 2nd 2021
See the Koombooloomba strut
This is almost a straight street starting from Cave Hill Road and ending with a surprise at Koombooloomba Court.

street scene
Morokai Grove, Lilydale.

Well established gardens mean well-established trees. A most unusual sight was a palm tree in the middle of a front garden.

palm tree.
Front garden palm.

Cotoneaster trees with their red berries were in many gardens, while a flowering gum on a nature strip had just burst into flower.

Cotoneaster tree
Cotoneaster berries which are toxic.

flowering gum.

Fences feature in this walk. A post and rail fence on a wide property gave a very country feel to this suburban street.

post & rail fence.
Very rustic looking.

A few picket fences were evident, one with a metal arch as lychgate. Another picket fence looked picturesque with the white trunk of a gum tree behind it.

picket fence
Picket fence with metal arch.

picket fence & gum tree.
Looks good with back lighting.

Three yellow and one and a half green lemons were caught escaping over a high paling front fence.

At about the halfway mark is an entrance to Old Pound Reserve. The reserve has a small lake, natural bush and has a walking path through to Nelson Road. Well worth a diversion.

old pound reserve.
Entrance to Pound Reserve.

Unusual mailboxes are always interesting, so the barrel box was something different.

barrel mail box.
Waiting for a wine delivery?

Custom-built mailboxes are a feature of many houses and a trend is to incorporate a planter box within the structure. A display of deep red cyclamens occupied one such mailbox.

Post box planter box.

An exotic looking flower was a gaura with very delicate features. A purple salvia stem represented the many varies of that genus.

gaura flower
Gaura flower.

Purple salvia.

The alyssum bush with a mass of small white flowers was a bright spot in one garden, while a pink camellia also caught the eye.

Alyssum bush
Alyssum bush.

pink camellia
Pink camellia

Flying birdlife was sparse with only a crow hiding amongst power lines and a couple of noisy miners.

Hiding crow.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

flying noisy miner.
Undercarriage down and about to land.

Several ever-colourful daises were very noticeable.

It is only a short street, so it was not surprising that only one walker was seen.

The lone walker.

What is the surprise at Koombooloomba court? It was a chook doing what I called the Koombooloomba Strut.

strutting chook
Strutting along Koombooloomba.

It was an escapee from a front garden hen pen where several of its fellow chooks resided.

Chooks in chook pen.

This one looks like a rooster.

An oft asked question is "where does the name Koombooloomba come from?" A local builder who had worked in the tiny Queensland town of Koombooloomba in the 1950s transferred the name to a local street.

Morokai grove.
Another view of Morokai Grove.

You can always expect the unexpected on a street walk.
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Why? A surprise at the end.
When: anytime
Where: Morokai Grove, Lilydale. Melway map: 38. D.3.
Cost: Free
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