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Nelson Road, 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 3rd 2021
Walk the Full Nelson
Nelson Road, named after Admiral Nelson, runs for 2.4 kms from Victoria Road to Maroondah Highway. It has three distinct sections. The first section from Victoria Road passes the old Lilydale Cemetery, a secondary school and the Old Pound Reserve.

nelson road.
Nelson Road. Old Pound Reserve on left.

There are many houses in this section with some colourful flora. A red grevillea and a nerine were the most colourful.


nerine plant
Nerine bulbs in flower.

A clump of red hot pokers looked very impressive as did a fine display of yellow jonquils.

red hot pokers
They do look hot.

Bright yellow jonquils.

A large number of corellas had descended upon someone's front lawn in almost a feeding frenzy.

Some of the corellas.

A sulphur-crested cockatoo flashed overhead and landed in a nearby tree. Closer inspection revealed about five of its companions were also feeding in the tree.

sulphur crested cockatoo.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo.

I disturbed two crested pigeons feeding in a front garden who took to wing and landed on the roof of a nearby house and was joined by a spotted dove.

crested pigeons
Crested pigeons with spotted dove.

A small autumn tree in one garden displayed its colours aided by sunlight shining through the leaves. Camellias were brightening up many gardens, as was a magnolia tree.

autumn tree
Spectacular colours.


Magnolia bloom.

The Gateway Reserve was passed which sports a playing oval, playground and bbq facilities.

gateway reserve
Passing The Gateway.

Opposite Winnetka Drive is a large open grassed area with a few trees and a walking track. Walkers were seen along almost all of Nelson Road.

grassy park
The reserve opposite Winnetka Drive.

Can be busy on a fine day.

This is where the next section starts. It is a 500 metre concrete walkway as this section of Nelson Road is a no through road. It is a popular walking track for exercise.

The walkway with grasslands on the left.

The walkway from the opposite direction.

A reminder of yesteryear is a cattle loading ramp, now overgrown with blackberries.

cattle ramp.
Overgrown cattle loading ramp.

A magpie sitting on a branch of a distant tree stood out despite the distance.

magpie on branch
Distant magpie.

The walkway is wide and level and appeared popular with cyclists. The south side is flanked by factories in the Lilydale Industrial Park, while the north side is open grassland.

Busy walkway.

Towards the end of the walkway, it crosses Olinda Creek. This is the start of the third section. Which continues as a roadway to Maroondah Highway. The Yarra Valley Trail is crossed, which is a walking trail from Lilydale to Yering.

Lilydale to Yering Trail.
The way to Yering.

A BMX track is on the right with several riders practicing their skills as I passed.

Bmx riders
Two riders.

An interesting and historical sight is the preserved bridge over what was the Lilydale to Warburton rail line. The rail line used to pass through what is now the grounds of Mount Lillydale Mercy College.

old bridge.
The old bridge still standing.

The Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail skirts the college grounds before re-joining the original track to Warburton.

warburton trail.
Heading to Warburton.

Many birds like to sit on overhead wires. I spied a trio of starlings on one wire and a little wattlebird in a nearby tree.

three starlings.
Three starlings staring.

little wattle bird
Little wattle bird.

The third section meanders and is mainly housing. Many strange objects appear on nature strips. An old bike and a pile of rocks were one.

old bike
Free to a good home.

A blackbird was caught on a front lawn and a noisy miner in a tree.

noisy miner in tree
Noisy miner in tree.

Upon reaching Maroondah Highway, on one corner is a service station and convenience store and opposite is the Lillydale International family bistro and pokies.

service station
Service station.

Lilydale International.
Lilydale international.

Nelson Road is almost three walks in one, all of them interesting.

Street sign
You can see it both ways

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Why? It's almost three walks in one.
When: anytime
Where: Nelson road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. B1 - J3.
Cost: Free
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