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Nangathan 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 1st 2019
Find your way to Nangathan Way
This unsigned reserve is a mixture of wide asphalt paths, green pastures, wildflowers, rugged bush paths and bush itself.

The sealed path is a little steep in parts, but if your wheelchair has good brakes it affords some nice bush scenery.

wide bush path
The wide bush path.


bush undergrowth
The bush seen from the wide path.

Like most suburban parks and reserves, it can be accessed from several side streets. Soon after entering from the main entrance in Nangathan Way, two small ponds appear, with several ducks feeding nearby. On my approach, they took to wing and flew onto one of the ponds, making much nicer photographic subjects.

duck & reflections
A duck swimming amongst the reflections.


three ducks
A trio of ducks.

Following the sealed path will take you past houses, backing onto the reserve and a large expanse of bushland.

Walker & dog
A very pleasant walk.


bush path
Wide and level.

After a few hundred metres the view opens up to a large grassy area. This is a dog off-leash area and seemed popular with local residents and their dogs.

Walkers
Two dog walkers without their dogs.

The path follows around the grass to enter into bushland. Many of these paths are well formed and wide, but are steep in parts.

bridge
The bridge to enter the bush.

Branching off the main paths are many narrow and rough paths that take you deep into the bush.

bush path
One of the wider paths through the bush.

Many wildflowers were in flower with the dominant being the Cassinia bush. Walking through the reserve ,you are never out of sight of one.

Cassinia bush
Close up of the Cassinia bush.

Despite the large area of bush, not many birds were sighted. Wattle birds were the main attraction.

Wattle bird
Wattle bird.


Wattle bird
Another one.

A few colourful parrots were noted in passing, only one briefly landing. One noisy miner was sighted.

parrot
A shy parrot.


Noisy miner
The only noisy miner sighted.

While admiring the view a small wren type bird landed in a nearby open branched shrub, close enough for some nice photos.

wren
The friendly wren type bird.

Occasionally in larger reserves, rabbits are sighted in the distance and hop away very quickly. In the Nangathan Reserve, two were seen but quickly headed for cover.

rabbit
He thinks he is hidden.

The reserve is adjacent to Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve which is renowned for its wildflowers in springtime.

watsonia
Watsonia, native of South Africa.


watsonia
Watsonia, not an Australian wildflower.

Nangathan Way Reserve is one of many in the reserve-rich area of North Croydon, Croydon Hills and Warranwood.

Only the locals would know about it, so become an honorary local and explore what it has to offer.
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Why? It's a good experience.
When: Anytime
Where: Nangathan Way, Croydon North. Melways map: 36. J.7.
Cost: free
Your Comment
Hi Neil, I enjoy your articles and have done one of the walks a few times. I was wondering in in future you could let us know how many kilometers in each of the walks. Thank you . Rita
by brait (score: 0|4) 54 days ago
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