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R.D. Egan-Lee 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 February 10th 2020
You won't get lost in this bush
A sports oval is part of this reserve but the most interesting part is a sizable area of bushland.

reserve entrance
The Wallace Road entrance.

A level, wide asphalt path runs through the centre which would make it very wheel chair friendly.

wide path.
The wide path through the reserve.

There are two entrance paths from Wallace Road and both lead to a small playground area in a nice bush setting.

bush playground
The play ground in a bush setting.

Continuing past the playground the path passes through bush areas with mature gum trees and in some places, dense undergrowth.

interesting tree
An interesting tree.

A couple of large shrubs were in flower which adds a little light and shade to your walk, even if the sun is not out.

flowering bush
One of several throughout the reserve.

flowering bush
Getting closer.

On occasions, specimens of small colourful flowers caught my attention.

yellow flowers
A small splash of yellow.

The bush area appears to be quite old judging by the large number of long dead trees, both vertical and horizontal.

log in bush
One of many dead horizontal trees.

logs in bush
More logs.

The lack of floral flora was made up by many small areas of native grasses, not colourful, but interesting.

native grasses
Native grasses.

native grass
Interesting up close.

Frequent diversions into the bush saw my camera pointed at these objects of interest.

native grass
A spiky one.

dead heads
Past its prime.

Disappointingly, few birds were seen or heard, not even one magpie. The many tall dead trees would make an ideal perch for them to alight upon to make clear photos. One distant Indian myna was my only avian subject.

Indian myna
Not its best angle.

It would appear that this reserve was popular with local residents for a short walk for both them and their dogs.

man & dog
A man and his dog.

This would be a very suitable walk to introduce very young ones to a short bush experience, with the bonus of a playground.

Keeping watch.

There is a small off road car park near the entrance to the sports ovals.

Opposite the Wallace Road entrance, is a short reserve, aptly named the Wallace Reserve.
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Why? A perfect spot to introduce little ones to the bush.
When: anytime
Where: Wallace Road, Knoxfield. Melways map: 73. B.3.
Cost: Free
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