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Northern Waterways

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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
There is no Challenge here, so just Enjoy it
This short walk is just over 400 metres in length and the only path is wide sealed asphalt.

Walk sign
The entrance at Nangathan Way.

The entrance sign says it is a nature trail and picnic area. There are two picnic tables and bench seats, just inside the entrance. They are next to a very quiet street and would be a peaceful location for a picnic.

Picnic tables.
The two picnic tables near the entrance.

The path has a slight incline for most of its length but should be manageable for wheelchairs.

Walking path
The only path showing a slight slope.

The path follows a very small creek which is lined with rocks for most of its length.

The small rock-lined creek.

It is well maintained and many shrubs have been planted along the walk to supplement the more mature foliage.

The wide path and newly planted shrubs.

The walk leads to and ends at the Nangathan Way Reserve, which in turn leads to Hochkins Ridge Flora Reserve.

More planted shrubs.

The Northern Waterways walk can be combined with the flat area of the Nangathan Way Reserve walk to give a smooth flat path, suitable for all levels of fitness and mobility.

dog on seat
A well earned rest for both.

Both areas are popular with dog walkers and the end of the walk leads onto a leash-free grassy area in the Nangathan Reserve.

A couple of wattle trees were in flower on one of my walks, albeit getting towards the end of their blooming beauty.

Wattle tree
Past their prime.

Only two wildflowers were noted. A Dianella Caerulea or Paroo Lily and a Spiny-headed mat rush.

Paroo Lily.
The Paroo Lily.

spiny headed mat rush
Spiny headed mat rush.

It would also be very suitable walk to introduce little ones to the joys of bush walking, close to home.
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Why? It's a short easy walk
When: Anytime
Where: Nangathan Way, North Croydon. Melways map: 36 J.6.
Cost: free
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