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RE Gray Reserve, Nunawading

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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 December 18th 2019
It's never a grey day at the RE Gray Reserve
Thousands of vehicles pass this reserve every day, but few would notice it.

Reserve sign
What you see from Springvale Road

It would be dangerous to park in Springvale Road, so it would be wise to turn into a street before or after the reserve and enter it from the other end.

Walking in from Springvale Road, you have a choice of three paths to follow.

bush path
One of your options.

Your first impression is that you are entering a forest dominated by huge Monterey pine trees, which are scattered through the reserve.

pine trees
One of the many pines.


tree trunk
Very old.


pine cones
The old & the new on a carpet of pine needles.

There is a constant hum of traffic from busy Springvale Road, but that noise is deadened as you enter the bush.

Budding flower
Almost there.

It is not dense bush as many small open spaces abound with native grasses.

native grass
These were numerous.


native grasses
These were very photogenic.


native grass
A close up shows their beauty.

Flower wise, the only natives seen were many Cassinia bushes in full bloom.

Cassinia bush
Many of these were in flower.

A bottle brush and a grevillea were in one of the landscaped areas.

Grevillia
The grevillea.

There is a slight rise from Springvale Road but it shouldn't worry wheelchairs.

bush path
A gentle slope.

At the top end of the reserve, accessed directly from Outlook Drive is a large grassed area. A large silver leaved stringybark tree dominates this area.

gum tree
The silver leaved stringybark.


tree plaque
The plaque at the base of the tree.

This area features four goal posts to allow would-be footballers to test their goal kicking skills.

goal posts
The goal posts.

There is also a playground, an undercover bbq and undercover picnic shelter.

Play ground
The play ground.


BBQ & picnic shelter
The bbq and picnic shelter.

The area around the grass is landscaped with plants and shrubs, including many agapanthus.

landscaped area
Some of the landscaped areas.

There is a bus stop next to the Springvale Road entrance and I suspect many use the reserve as a short cut to there.

Walkers
Taking a short cut?

Bird wise I only sighted several magpies and many noisy miners.

magpie
On the picnic table.


Noisy miner
Noisy miner.

The RE Gray Reserve would be a real asset to local residents. A place to play ball games, have a BBQ, play in the playground and have a bushland wander.

On my visit there, two people were on weed reducing duties. One of them, a young lady was obviously a regular worker in the reserve as she remarked that in October the bush area was abundant with native orchids.

Guess where I'll be next October?
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Why? The reserve has a lot to offer.
When: Anytime
Where: Springvale road, Nunawading. Melways map: 48. F.6.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I love the way you pay attention to the little things in a reserve, to the plants and to the birds.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|7970) 265 days ago
Thank you, Neil! We are locals who have never visited - just rushed past in the car, watching the traffic! Now we will intentionally plan to go there and have a lovely walk with our dogs on leads. Thank you again! Have a very meaningful and happy Christmas!
by Chantelle (score: 1|41) 273 days ago
Great article and photos. Isn't it odd that so many reserves like this lack parking facilities. So, thanks for heads up on where to park!
by SocialHummingBird (score: 3|1396) 266 days ago
Thank you for the detailed article. I look forward to visiting and enjoying all the reserve has to offer.
by info (score: 0|2) 263 days ago
THANK YOU NEIL. for all your great articles this year.
by ifaye (score: 1|23) 275 days ago
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