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Pacific Drive, Atlantic Street, Mooroolbark

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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 21st 2022
An Ocean Walk
I must admit that I am fascinated by streets adjacent to each other being named on themes, such as Pacific Drive and Atlantic Street.

Pacific Drive.
Pacific Drive.

Pacific Drive meanders in three different directions while Atlantic Street is only a 100-metre offshoot. It is a newly-developed area with underground power, footpaths on both sides, no front fences and every front garden is well landscaped.

Pacific Drive.
Footpaths, no power lines and front fences.

A new plant to me was the Chinese fringe flower. Another rarely seen plant was coastal rosemary.

Chinese fringe flower.
Chinese fringe flower.

Coastal rosemary.
Coastal rosemary.

More common were some azaleas, camellias and a variety of three roses.

Azalea & camellia.
Azalea & camellia.

Three roses.

A feature of newly established gardens is numerous yucca plants, either singly or in groups. Some varieties of yuccas flower and are most attractive when they do.

Yucca plants.
Yucca plants.

flowering yucca.
Flowering yucca.

Trees and bushes were featured in many gardens including one nicely framed in front of a curtained window.

Trees are becoming popular.

A feature of one garden was two wheelbarrows masquerading as mobile plant holders, obviously older than the garden they are in.

Wheel barrow garden beds.
Living out their retirement.

Magpies were out in force and easily captured photographically as they seem to like to pose. Conversely, noisy miners just like to stare at you.

Always happy to pose.

noisy miners
They like to stare.

A colourful plant was the bright orange delight sedum succulent. A definite departure from the normally green succulents.

Orange delight sedum.
Orange delight sedum.

Two different salvias were seen, two of the 900 odd varieties of that genus. Another colourful flower was one from the lily genus.


One of the lily family.

Many walkers were out, some with their canine friends.


New gardens seem to attract a large variety of garden ornaments, mainly small individual ones like a blue baby and a meerkat. A few had bird baths.

garden ornaments.
A blue baby, meerkat and more.

Bird bath and resting angel.
Bird bath and resting angel.

One red flowering gum tree was seen with both flowers and many junior gum nuts.

flowering gum
Flowering gum & gum nuts.

Not many modern houses have a front veranda, but one had two hanging baskets looking picturesque in the sunlight. Another hanging display was a light bulb swinging from a tree branch. The only real garden lamps seen were a couple at ground level in a pot of succulents.

hanging baskets.
Hanging baskets.

Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.

Part way along Pacific Drive a walkway leads to Nolan Avenue, passing the Nolan Avenue Reserve.

reserve path.
Path to Nolan Avenue, reserve on left.

If looking at other people's gardens is your thing, you will get oceans of enjoyment along the Pacific and Atlantic.

Street signs
Two for the price of one.
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Why? Two easy walks.
When: anytime
Where: Pacific Drive, Mooroolbark. Melway map: B.11.
Cost: Free
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