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Mulgrave Way Reserve

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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 December 2nd 2019
Make Your Way to Mulgrave Way
Marked in green as a reserve, but unnamed on your Melways, this reserve was a real find.

Reserve sign
The sign in Mulgrave Way.

There is only one path through the reserve. It is wide and compacted gravel, and is steep in parts.

reserve path
It's uphill at the start.

Perhaps the highlight of my walk was seeing a splash of red in some longish grass. A crimson rosella ground feeding, not unduly worried about passing intruders.

crimson rosella
The colourful crimson rosella.

The only other birds sighted was some very noisy crows, one of which settled in a nearby tree.

One black crow.

Much of the reserve is fenced off for regeneration but some nice wildflowers are visible from the path.

Regeneration advice.

Wildflowers seen from the path.

Budding wildflowers.

Many yellow daises stood out amongst the surrounding foliage.

Yellow daisies.

Spectacular when close.

The Cassinia bushes were in full bloom as was a small white flowered large bush.

flowering bush
A white flowering bush

flowering bush
Very small white flowers.

Cassinia bush
Always interesting in close.

The path runs between Mulgrave Way and Baringa Road, although not long enough for exercise it would serve as a short cut to local residents.

bush walker
Taking a short cut?

At the Baringa Road end, there is a dedicated area of native grasses. Native grasses are all through reserves, but are often not noticed as colourful wildflowers steal their glory.

native grasses
Many native grasses.

Although surrounded by suburbia, this reserve serves as a reminder of what the area would have looked like before settlement.

native grasses
Native grasses throughout the reserve.

A splash of colour.

Like many suburban reserves that are backed onto by houses, many residents have incorporated gates to gain access to what is a local asset.

Another section of the path.

If in the area, join them in enjoying this little reserve.
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Why? Because it is there.
Where: Mulgrave Way, Croydon north. Melways map: 36. J. 10.
Cost: Free
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