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Olinda Creek Walk - 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 December 14th 2019
It's a short distance, but a long experience
This walk is only about 500 metres long, but there is a lot to see as you meander along a wide sealed and gravel flat path, being ideal for wheelchairs.

The walk begins at Hardy Street and ends at the Lillydale Lake.

Walking path
The start of the walk at Hardy Street.

The first part closely follows the Olinda Creek before heading past a small lake and entering a section of bush.

small lake
A surprise sighting was this small lake.

The walk meets up with the Olinda Creek again as you arrive at the Lillydale Lake, adjacent to the off leash dog area.

When the creek is not running high there are two stone steps to cross the creek while keeping your feet dry.

Creek crossing
One of the two stepping stone crossings.

The walk may only be 500 metres, but it will not be a quick walk if you slow to appreciate what it has to offer.

walkers on path
A couple commencing their walk.

Bird life was abundant as I sighted ten different species.

Several magpies were ground feeding, oblivious to passing foot traffic.

magpie
One of the magpies feeding.

A couple of mudlarks were also feeding but absconded to a nearby tree on my approach. This was unusual as they normally tolerate close encounters.

mudlark
Mudlark.

The most interesting bird was a little blue wren which alighted upon a close by bush and posed nicely for me.

blue wren
Blue Wren - a beautiful sight.

On occasions you can approach the creek bank and I was rewarded with a black duck swimming past.

black duck
A black duck on the Olinda Creek.

The most numerous birds was the noisy minor. Several were in a group but not making a sound.

Noisy miner
Noisy miner on tree trunk.

Several cockatoos were sighted passing high overhead, but only one landed on a nearby tree.

cockatoo
Sulphur crested cockatoo.

Two galahs were feeding on a grassy verge of the creek, usually ignoring all around them.

galahs
Two galahs.

Flora was abundant, mainly in the form of planted trees, bushes and grasses, all close to the paths.

native grass
Several of these were growing.

A couple of shiny leaf Cassinia bushes stood out with their white flowers.

Cassinia bush
A shiny leaf Cassinia bush.


Cassinia bush
A close encounter reveals their beauty.

A splash of colour was provided by several kangaroo apple bushes in flower.

kangaroo apple bush
Kangaroo apple bush.


kangaroo apple flower
Kangaroo apple bush flower.

A lot of work has gone into landscaping the area, but it was sad to see a proliferation of non-native plants, mainly in the form of scotch thistles. Their flowers do look nice and any Scottish person would probably look at them and become a little homesick.

thistle
One of the many colourful Scotch thistles.

I would call this a beautiful walk as it starts out in an open grass area, proceeds through some bush and ends at the Lillydale Lake.

boardwalk
A short boardwalk crosses a low section.

I would recommend this short walk for the wheelchair bound as there is so much to see in a short distance.

Walkers
The wide path is evident here.


bush path
A fallen branch makes a shady arch.

For the same reason children would find it interesting and educational and they are at the end before even thinking, "are we there yet."

Another advantage of this walk is you can relive your experiences on the return walk.
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Why? Because it's worth it.
When: Anytime
Where: Lilydale. Melways map: 38. E.5.
Cost: free
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