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One Tree Hill 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 May 16th 2020
There is more than one tree
One Tree Hill Reserve (formally Berrima Road Reserve) is not easy to find but the journey to it is worthwhile as it takes you through the very leafy suburb of Donvale. As you meander, and they do meander, through these quiet streets, it is almost like a forest drive as the large house blocks are almost overgrown with mature trees.

Entrance sign
The entrance at One Tree Hill Street.

One Tree Hill can be accessed from two streets. The main entrance is from the appropriately named One Tree Hill Street. It is a no through road and offers no off-street parking.

A gravel path leads upwards towards the hill, through an avenue of gum trees. Emerging from the avenue presents a grassy hill with more than one tree atop.

Trees on hill
The vista that greets you.

I chose to circumnavigate around the base of the hill, taking time to view the bushes that surrounded the perimeter of the reserve.

Even though we hadn't had any rain for several days, the lower part of the hill was very wet and squishy underfoot. Some interesting specimens were keenly observed in this area.

There were a few of these.

Other parts of the reserve showed several specimens of native grasses. Surprisingly no birds were observed.

native grass
Native grass.

native grass
Another specimen.

The only facilities in the reserve were one park bench and a picnic table situated on the highest part of the hill, giving a pleasant view of the surrounding suburbs. It is said to be a popular spot for local residents to watch sunsets.

seat on hill
The set at the top of the hill.

picnic table
A good place to await the sunset.

Two non 'official' facilities were a swing hanging from a tree and a trampoline situated among some gum trees.

Swing on tree.
The swing.

A shady place to bounce.

The other entrance to the reserve is from Berrima Road, also a no through thoroughfare. It is a narrow entrance and could easily be missed, although a walkway sign is in position.

walkway sign
It shows the way.

It is a steep ascent and to assist navigation 40 steps are in place. The whole reserve is totally unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Some of the 40 steps from Berrima Road.

There are a couple of mature pine trees with some low branches giving an interesting close-up look at their needles.

pine needles
Interesting up close.

Another conifer type tree with needle 'leaves' had many cones growing upon it.

conifer needles
There were many of these.

The reserve is well maintained and many new plantings were evident, particularly at the One Tree Hill Street entrance.

Small plants
Some of the new plantings.

Like many smaller reserves, One Tree Hill has plenty of things to see if you look for them.
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Why? It is worth the journey to get there.
When: Anytime
Where: One Tree Hill Street, Donvale. Melways map: 34. J.12.
Cost: Free
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by nicbe (score: 0|4) 356 days ago
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by nicbe (score: 0|4) 356 days ago
As always a good article, I am always on the lookout for parks or reserves to visit.Neil we have some interesting parks/reserves around Bayside David
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