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R.E Gray (Wildflower) 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 November 2nd 2020
Spring flowers in Springvale Road
This reasonably sized reserve in Nunawading features several walking paths, a playground, and undercover picnic and BBQ area.

reserve entrance
The entrance at Springvale Road.

The sizable central part of the R E. Gray Reserve is fenced off as a wildflower and native orchid reserve, although not designated as such, sign-wise.

flowering bush

white flowering bush.
White flowering bush.

Many of the wildflowers seen were very visible from the paths circling the fenced area, so a trespass was not needed to get close enough to photograph and admire them.

Simple but nice.

red flower
Simply red.

About twelve different species were noted with most species confined to their own area.

blue flower
Blue wildflower.

white flower
A white one.

My flora knowledge is not sufficient to distinguish wildflowers from native orchids but that doesn't stop the enjoyment of observing and photographing them.

white flower
A circle of white.

Future blooms.

flowering bush
White flowers.

Many varieties of native grass supplemented the flowers and were attractive in their own right, blending in nicely with all the other flora.

native grass

native grass
Grass stalk.

There were several of these.

There were a few wildflowers growing outside the fenced area as were many native varieties of grass. A few mushroom looking fungi were observed in a couple of places.


clump of grass
A clump of grass in a landscaped area.

The only birds I saw on this visit were a couple of magpies and the inevitable noisy miner.

Magpie sitting on a boundary fence.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

It was pleasing to see a couple of nesting boxes fixed high up on trees, giving a safe haven for small birds.

nesting box.
Elevated nesting box.

R.E. Gray Reserve is on busy Springvale Road where parking would be dangerous, so it is best to turn into the street before or after the reserve and park there.

purple flowers
The colour purple.

yellow flowers
Budding yellow.

I have visited this reserve twice and most people observed seem to be using it as a shortcut to Springvale Road and a pleasant shortcut it is.

Taking a short cut.

While the wildflower area is situated in dense bush and grassed areas, around the playground and BBQ open grass allows for ball activities and around its perimeter are many small landscaped areas.

Flowers aplenty behind the barrier fence.

This would be one of the few opportunities to see wildflowers without travelling to outer suburban areas.
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Why? A wildflower experience without going bush.
When: Anytime
Where: Springvale road, Nunawading. Melways map: 48.F.6.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The only downside to this park is that there are no toilets if you are planning on having a bbq and picnic you might need to hold on for the bathroom.
by kelle (score: 1|14) 323 days ago
Looking forward to go see
by anne_ (score: 0|2) 325 days ago
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