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Olinda Creek Circuit 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 October 20th 2020
You will be along the creek with this walk
I like circuit walks as you end up where you started, with a surprise around every bend and there is no need to back-track to your starting point.

The path on the western side of Olinda Creek.

The starting and ending point of the Olinda Creek Circuit is in John Street. There is a formed gravel path, which follows each side of the Olinda Creek. They meet up at Lillydale Lake and are joined by a pathway below the lake wall.

Very little of interest along the creek at the start of the walk.

I started on the west bank with the path next to the Lilydale Marketplace car park. That is the best place to park if you are contemplating this short one-kilometre walk. The first 200 metres is straight and proved popular with both pedestrians and cyclists.

Popular with cyclists.

Also popular with walkers heading for the lake.

Glimpses can be had of the creek, although both sides are heavily vegetated, with an occasional path to the water's edge. An occasional wattle in bloom adds some colour.

Wattle blossoms contrast with the dark background.

Near the end of the straight section, a path to the right leads to a pond in which several crows were having a bath.

crows bathing
A genuine bird bath.

The creek path continues to meander around some mature gum trees before arriving at Lillydale Lake.

meandering path
Meandering among the gum trees.

The path to the return journey follows below the lake wall giving a different perspective to the passing parade of lake walkers.
walkers up above
The passing parade.

The off-leash dog area is skirted before meeting up with a close encounter with the Olinda Creek.

Walkers with dogs.
Sixteen legs awalking.

The creek was fast flowing after some heavy rain and an unusually dry stepping stone 'bridge' was partially underwater, so a short diversion to cross over the creek above its outlet from the lake was needed.

flowing creek
The usually dry crossing.

dog swimming
I think he's dog paddling.

Return journey.

Some pleasant water views can be had at the start of your return journey.

Olinda Creek
A very pleasant scene.

The first part of the return passes through some old growth trees and almost forms a tunnel to walk through. A very pleasant feeling.

Overhead trees.

blackened trees
A mini black forest.

tunnel of trees
Almost a tunnel.

Although the path is wide and clear, much of the sides have been infested with large areas of thistles. When flowering they look nice but are taking over.

They are growing tall.

thistle in flower
They do look nice in flower.

On one of my short diversions to the creek edge, a mudlark kindly perched on an overhanging tree branch allowing a clear photo.
A tree bourne Mudlark.

On a low section of the path, a boardwalk allows dry progress past a damp area.

walker on boardwalk
Walking along the boardwalk.

Along this section, there is a small lake away from the creek which is often frequented by water birds. On this occasion, what I think was a grey teal duck, was sitting on tree branch jutting out of the water.

grey teal duck
Perching duck.

Several Noisy Miners were about as usual, both in trees and ground feeding.

noisy miner
Ground feeding Noisy Miner.

An occasional splash of colour manifested itself in the form of flowering bushes, but the main low growing flora were native grasses.

blue flowers
A flowering bush.

white flowers.
White flowering bush.

Returning to the John Street entrance, the area widens out to an expanse of grass and a few park bench seats, providing the only facilities on the walk.

couple on seat.
Having a rest.

It is a short easy walk which also allows a different approach to the Lillydale Lake if you are up to a longer walk.
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Why? a short easy walk.
When: anytime
Where: Olinda Creek. Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E.5.
Cost: Free
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