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Parkvalley Drive, Chirnside Park

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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 January 18th 2021
Park the car and walk the valley
This street is part of the original Chirnside Park estate developed in the 1960s. It is only about 900 metres, very steep at one end and curves slightly.

bus in street.
The bus cometh.

Most gardens are well established with several hiding the houses with their mature trees, large shrubs and bushes. The 1960s was the era of large building blocks with many houses being built well back from the street, allowing large front gardens.

large garden
A well established garden.

With such verdant vegetation, single blooms often stand out.

pink flower
Green and pink.

Agapanthus were still prolific in these long-established gardens. Over years, a single agapanthus can create a row of them as they are prolific breeders.

agapanthus
Almost a wall.


agapanthus
A single bloom.

Shrubs and bushes can produce just a single bloom or masses of them.



flowering bush
Floral beauty.

A few houses sported verge gardens which add interest to any walk. The footpath is only on one side and many flora overflow onto the path and nature strip.

verge garden
Well established verge garden.

Old rusty things are often seen as garden ornaments and seem to blend in nicely with their surrounds.

rustic garden ornaments.
If it's rusty, put it in the garden.

A bunny with a boomerang was one interesting sight hiding in a hollow in an old vertical post. Soft toys, usually bears, are frequently becoming part of garden décor these days.

Toy bunny.
What's up Doc?

A patch of low growing sunflowers gave the impression of a bunch of smiles.

sunflowers
A group smile.

A hard rubbish collection was coming up which could provide a rest for the weary walker. Many items were being disposed of including an object d'art.

sofa on nature strip.
A place for a rest.


dart board.
An Object D'Art.

The only avian life seen was one noisy miner watching from power lines. One very densely treed garden provided an attractive refuge for small birds.

noisy miner
Having a rest.


bird tree house.
An avian tree house.

Many bushes and shrubs overhung front boundaries often with some colourful blooms. A wisteria bush was particularity attractive.

agapanthus
Agapanthus barrier.


wisteria
Wisteria.

A few locals were out exercising or walking their dog, enjoying the ambience of Parkvalley Drive.

dog walker
Walking the dog.


walker
Stepping out.

A very tall kangaroo paw stood out as did an escaping geranium.

kangaroo paw
Multiple paws.


geranium
A single stem.

A beautiful pink rose displayed its subtle colours as did a grevillea.

pink rose
Pink rose.


grevillea
Grevilleas are always attractive.

The northern end of Parkvalley Drive ends almost opposite the Chirnside Country Club where coffee or meal can be enjoyed in their bistro.
Street sign
We have been here.


A street walk is relaxing and educational and gives you experiences and views you will never see from a car.
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Why? It's an unique experience, as is all street walks.
When: anytime
Where: Parkvalley Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. K.4.
Cost: Free
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