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A sea of white sails is the vista that confronts you on a visit to Lillydale Lake on any Saturday morning. The lake... [more]
If you think the 1000 steps in Tremont (Melways 74. H.2.) is beyond you, try the 100 steps in Wonga Park. At the en... [more]
This walk is a pleasant stroll along a country road. It is not sealed and has no footpaths. Thomas Cr. meanders and... [more]
This 2.17 hectare park, bounded by Market, Castella and Chapel Streets is a green oasis almost in the centre of Lilydale... [more]
Walking into Happy Days, I was half expecting to see The Fonz behind the counter serving coffee. He wasn't, but b... [more]
This is definitely an 'up-market' market. Everything is of the highest quality, from food cooked before your eyes, fre... [more]
The Coldstream Cultural Walk links Coombe Estate with the township of Coldstream. The walk features a series of eight sc... [more]
As you wander through the Mooroolbark Terrace, your first impression of First Impressions Clothing Exchange is that it i... [more]
As you travel through parts of Victoria's Western District you will see kilometres upon kilometres of stone walls, along... [more]
Terang is in Victoria's Western District. It is 212 kms south-west from Melbourne, 142 kms west of Geelong and 46 kms ea... [more]
On my many street walks, I have noticed statues of Buddha in all shapes and sizes. Where do they come from, I ask myself... [more]
St. Michael's is a small church on Mt. Dandenong Tourist Road, Kalorama. It is easily missed as you wend your way along ... [more]
As you wander along your own street or others in your neighbourhood, you will see many birds. Almost every street has tr... [more]
This newly opened deli at Lilydale Market Place is a haven for foodies. Think deli and you immediately think ... [more]
The main benefit of exercise is to maintain a healthy body, but there are many other benefits if your exercise is a walk... [more]
As you wander around your neighbourhood, you may have noticed an occasional box or small glass fronted cabinet full of b... [more]
Glenburnie Road is a road of two contrasts. The section from Canterbury Road to Langford Road is narrow and undul... [more]
Camperdown is 190 kms west of Melbourne on the Princes Highway. As you travel across the flat volcanic plains of the wes... [more]
Noorat is a small hamlet on the Terang to Mortlake Road, 211 kms west of Melbourne. The 2016 census recorded 333 residen... [more]
Hedgeley Dene Gardens in Malvern East is definitely a people's garden, judging by the people using them. Older couples... [more]
Rowville Lakes are three lakes in the Lakes Estate, which runs between Stud Road and Bridgewater Way in Rowville. The ... [more]
Due to the current health crisis, you may be deprived of your daily exercise of a walk in the park or around the block. ... [more]
This beautifully landscaped reserve is almost hidden, as being a former quarry it is below eye level. It is not on a maj... [more]
Stage 1A of the Lilydale to Yarra Glen rail trail has recently been opened to walkers and cyclists. Stage 1A is from Lil... [more]
The Warrandyte Riverside Market is just that, a market along the banks of the Yarra River which flows through Warrandyte... [more]
The Yarra River walk at Warrandyte is about 2.5 kms in length, but I have concentrated on the 1km stretch which passes a... [more]
Before I qualified for a driving licence, I dreamed of owning a sports car. You know, one of those cars that the soft... [more]
This rather small garden is hidden away behind the strip of shops in Mount Dandenong Road in Montrose. It can also be ac... [more]
An antique shop in a country town is normal fare. But three in one town? Yarra Glen boasts three, all in the main stre... [more]
\You get three Kingfishers with this tour. The company, Kingfisher Cruises, the boat, M.V. Kingfisher and the bird, the ... [more]
The chance of a flight in a Douglas DC-3 doesn't happen every day, but Air Nostalgia, operating out of Essendon Aerodrom... [more]
The Camperdown Mill self-contained apartments are advertised as unique, historic and luxurious; and they are. - Uni... [more]
Anglicare, the Treasure Chest. 24 John Street. Hours: 9am - 4pm Mon. to Fri. Despite its small frontage, the... [more]
 
I must admit that I am fascinated by streets adjacent to each other being named on themes, such as Pacific Drive and Atl... [more]
This street meanders and undulates for 700 metres. The north side is all residential, with most of the south side adjace... [more]
Sunset Drive is a 700 mt. no through newly-established drive and is a delightful walk. It runs off Liverpool Road, is fl... [more]
You don't have to leave home to become aware of noisy miners. You may find them on your property and even a short street... [more]
If you have wandered or driven past houses in some well-established suburbs you may have noticed small shed-like structu... [more]
This 900 metres avenue is straight but undulating in parts. A stand-out item was a blue and white VW Kombi van mailbox. ... [more]
Blu Waters is a fish shop in the Lilydale Marketplace. They always have a large range of fresh fish, both whol... [more]
Winchelsea is 115 kms south-west from Melbourne and 38 kms south-west from Geelong. The first Europeans to reside in the... [more]
Alan Marshall, the author of I Can Jump Puddles, was born and bred in the tiny Victorian hamlet of Noorat. Ther... [more]
This road runs for 1.1 kms from Scoresby Road to Devenish Road. It is a well-established area and a walk along it... [more]
Forge Road meanders and undulates for over one kilometre, starting at Bailey Road. One of the first things noticed is a ... [more]
This 1.1 kms street is a mixture of old and new with the houses, gardens, flowers and fences. A Hawaiian hibiscus was th... [more]
You will find lots of gnomes and other creatures on Huntingdon Avenue, mostly all in the same garden. As I did, you... [more]
A verge can mean many things. It can be an edge or border of many things. On the edge of reality or on the border of ins... [more]
This avenue is just under 500 metres, but it is a slow walk as almost every property has something of interest to stop a... [more]
"Silvan Dam", "Golden Afternoon, Olinda" and "Melba's Farm" are just three of the artworks painted by Arthur Streeton in... [more]
This tree-lined 600 metre long avenue seems well-established by the number of tall palm trees in gardens. Flo... [more]
You could almost feel unwelcome walking along this road, but only if you jump fences. This no-through sealed narrow... [more]
Deep Creek Road runs off Maroondah Highway for almost one kilometre before becoming Loughnan Road after passing over Eas... [more]
The first thing I noticed on this walk was towering stalks of red roses. A floral extravaganza awaited me. Daymar... [more]
Burnett is a well-established 800 mt. street with many weatherboard houses and almost every one of the large blocks havi... [more]
This almost one-kilometre narrow road runs downhill from Dudley Road to Reserve Road. A building site is guarded by a so... [more]
Old is an appropriate name for this road. Some of the attractions are very old, such as the rusted remains of a sporty l... [more]
A flash of overhead colour revealed two low-flying crimson rosellas. They alighted in a nearby tree pursued by my camera... [more]
This well-established 1.3 km. road is a mixture of old and modern houses on large and extra-large blocks. It runs off Be... [more]
This 1.5 km. road is a good wander, with its variety of flowers and garden ornaments. With summer behind us and aut... [more]
This is truly a market of artisans. Many practice their skills while manning their stall. Some were womaning their stall... [more]
This innovative theatre company, which usually presents great Australian aviation stories that we believe should not be ... [more]
24/04/2022
Bloom is Lilydale's Community Gardens Group and is community-minded. The garden is in the main street outside Bunnings. ... [more]
21/04/2022
What better way of helping to celebrate Anzac Day than to bake a batch of Anzac biscuits. The recipe is simple and easy ... [more]
This 800 metre street runs off Canterbury Road and has a surprise at the end. It is a well-established street of an... [more]
This one-kilometre road runs downhill from Yarra Road to Homestead Road. It is a most interesting walk with many ... [more]
Yering District Archers have been operating just inside the entrance of Lilydale Airfield since 2004. Every Sat... [more]
This 700-metre straight street runs from Maroondah Highway to Coldstream West Road. It is almost an enigma, houses on th... [more]
Bayfield Road, East and West combined is 1.4 km of stark differences. It runs from Bayswater Road to Canterbury Road. ... [more]
Lilydale Community Gardens is very community-minded. It is in the main street outside Bunnings. Most community gar... [more]
Irvine Street is an 800-metre street running from Birmingham Road. It is a well-established street with footpaths on eac... [more]
The Lilydale Tool Shed is almost an institution in Lilydale, having been operating for over 45 years. They spec... [more]
Wattle Valley Road is a no through road but it has a happy ending. It is a picturesque 800 metre walk with slight m... [more]
This large produce market is held on the 2nd Sunday of the month in front of the Nunawading Civic Centre in Whitehorse R... [more]
This is only a 700 metre walk but with diversions to two reserves, it becomes a pleasant exercise. Flowers dominate... [more]
This almost one-kilometre circular walk is quite interesting, houses on one side as it circumnavigates a sporting oval, ... [more]
Normality has almost returned. Sunday markets and not mask in sight! The Lilydale Rotary Market is back on the first Sun... [more]
This is a well-established road of large blocks, many weatherboard houses and picket fences, but no lychgates. Fortunate... [more]
Armstrong Road is an 800 metre straight road running from Canterbury Road. It's a well-established area with almo... [more]
This 600 metre drive runs off Hull Road. It's an easy walk with footpaths on both sides and only a gentle slope. S... [more]
A sausage is a sausage, isn't it? Not at Yarra Valley Gourmet Sausages. If you want to go upmarket from a Bunnings sau... [more]
The track is 4.5 kms and is circular, following the circumference of Lake Terang. The track features twelve bluest... [more]
This lane is only 500 metres in length but with the return walk and a diversion into a park, it's a nice walk, but not o... [more]
There are many shops selling jewellery but not many actual jewellers. Brett is one of the latter, making, repairing and ... [more]
This avenue meanders for one kilometre, passes two parks and gives some nice views to the nearby Mt Dandenong. It i... [more]
This short 600 metre drive is straight but is quite steep in parts. A newly established area with footpaths both sides ... [more]
This one-kilometre street runs between Liverpool Road and Colchester Road. It is straight and flat with several roundabo... [more]
This 700-metre street is in a relatively new development in Mooroolbark and as such, features many double story houses, ... [more]
This 800-metre street is straight but hilly, starting at Canterbury Road. Lots of trees and shrubs were in flowe... [more]
It is said that east is east and west is west and never the 'twain shall meet. That is not true with East and West... [more]
This short 600 metre walk is like walk through the country. All blocks are built on but with established gardens and mat... [more]
I have driven past this shop in Mt. Evelyn many times, always attracted by the advertising board stating, "Lolly Shop,... [more]
This is a road of large blocks and landscaped gardens and many verge gardens centred around street trees on wide nature ... [more]
The first impression after entering Trevor Dudleys Menswear in Lilydale is how large the shop is. The second impressio... [more]
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