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Queens Road Bushland 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 October 21st 2019
Wildflowers on this Royal Road
This bushland reserve in Queens Road has no signs, but it deserves one. It is bounded on two other sides by Hoiles Road, which is a no through road. Queens Road is narrow and roadside parking could be dangerous. Parking is possible on a raised verge between the road and the start of the bush.

The first one I saw.

Before I entered the bush, I was pleasantly surprised by seeing about four different wildflowers growing at the very edge.

Another one.

A single stalk variety.

There doesn't appear to be a defined entry path into the bush, but a central path winds its way from Queens Road to Hoiles Road.

The area is mainly tall trees and dense undergrowth, with a lot of bracken ferns.

Bush pathway
Wildflower bush in foreground.

Walking along the central path you are never out of sight of many different wildflowers.

These stand out against the dark background.

Another species.

The distance through the bushland from Queens Road to Hoiles Road is only about 200 metres, but every metre gives a colourful reward.

One of the many clematis varieties.

These always stand out.

More colour.

Many birds were heard, but the only one sighted was one I thought was a noisy miner, but it wasn't.

My unidentified bird.

A splash of orange among some dead leaves caught my eyes a few metres off the path. Close inspection revealed some colourful fungi attached to a fallen tree branch.

Very colourful fungi.

Numerous rabbits were seen in the distance, quickly heading for the undergrowth on my approach.

Small but nice.

With warm weather approaching snakes could become active, but staying on the path which has a covering of dead leaves with each footstep giving a noisy approach would see them keep out of the way.

Wild flower
Bright as a button.

Another colourful one.

A disappointing aspect of this reserve is that many people have used it as a rubbish dump. Many black plant pots were seen, many with dead plants in them, along with a bathroom cupboard, a sink and a pile of concrete blocks.

An unusual one.

The lack of well-worn paths in this reserve suggests it is not well used, possibly because of its remote location and lack of signage. By remote I mean the reserve is not surrounded by suburbia, but farmland, which would explain the lack of domestic type flowers and weeds there.

During the wildflower season, it would be worthwhile spending a short while there to observe nature's beauty, as that would be its main attraction.
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Where: Queens Road Bushland Reserve. Queens Road, Wandin North. Melways map: 121 H.4.
Cost: Free
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