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Regency Rise, Chirnside Park

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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 16th 2020
This walk will give you a rise in enjoyment
Regency Rise is just under one kilometre in length, starting at Black Springs Road.

green paddocks
The start of Regency Rise.

It meanders along with some steepish sections, which would be a challenge for wheelchairs.

street scene
A gentle rise with bushland at rear.


Street sign
We are here.

It is a fairly new housing area and almost every house boasts a well-maintained garden with many colourful floral displays.

bottle brush
Bottle brush bushes are always attractive.


grevillea
Also attractive.

Because of its undulating nature, very few houses were on completely level blocks which gives a lot of creativity to front gardens.

street scene
A headless gardener.

Two unusual objects were encountered during my casual stroll. A bright red box on a pole caught my attention from the opposite side of the street. Closer inspection revealed it as a street library, where you can take a book and leave a book.

Street library.
The street library.

The other surprise was indeed a real one. Two skulls and a few bones laid out on a lawn with a R.I.P. plaque. Perhaps a protest about our current lockdown.

skull & bones
At rest.


pink flowers
A very colourful bush.

About halfway along the Rise, at its lowest point, houses on the west side gave way to a bush area. The distant sound of running water could be heard. A very narrow path led to Brushy Creek, bubbling its way to the Yarra River some five kilometres away.

wattle
A wattle heralded the bush area.


Brushy Creek.
The bubbling Brushy Creek.

I was rewarded with a couple of unusual floral specimens.

flowering bush
Most unusual.


blue column
A blue one.


wildflower
Looks like a wild flower.

Most of the flowers seen were quite common garden ones, but the pleasure of looking at them doesn't diminish.

yellow daisy
Bright yellow daisy.


flower
a single specimen.

Apart from colourful flowers garden ornaments can evoke your interest. One such ornament was a frog, with outstretched arms sitting quietly among garden plants.

Garden frog
Not a croak from this fellow.

Although Regency Rise is only a short street several local residents were encountered partaking of exercise.

Walker with dog.
Exercising.


group exercise
More exercising.

Avian activity was confined to a couple of magpies and two wattle birds.

magpie
Magpie strutting.

The two wattle birds put on quite a display chasing each other up and down the street and into a roadside tree. I suspect it was only one bird doing the chasing.

wattle birds
Two are better than one.


My one disappointment of the walk was noticing a sulphur-crested cockatoo circling around before descending onto a long-dead tree trunk and quickly disappearing into a hollow, where it would have a nest. Even though it was right in front of me, it was too quick for my camera to react. I waited for several minutes, but it did not emerge, although it was a nice visual experience.

dead tree
The cockatoo is home.

What is becoming a common sight in gardens are bird of paradise flowers. They are spectacularly different.

Bird of paradise
Two for the price of one.

This walk has the best of many worlds. Not too long, undulating to test the leg muscles, beautiful gardens, colourful flowers, running stream, bushland and a library.
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Why? It's an unique experience with so much diversity.
When: Anytime
Where: Regency Rise, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. C.5.
Cost: Free
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