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Rolling Hills Rd, 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 9th 2020
Roll up to Rolling Hills Road
Rolling Hills Road in Chirnside Park is aptly named as it rolls up and down over its 1.5 km length. It starts and ends at Switchback Road.

road sign
Start here.

It is part of the original Chirnside Park estate in which all the houses on one side backed onto the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course. That golf course is now a housing development.

blue flower
Blue heaven.

This is a good exercise course as the uphill sections can be a little challenging. Not suitable for wheelchairs though.

Family walking
One of the uphill sections.

If you are just out for a stroll, frequent stops to admire the floral displays will rest your legs and enhance your vision.


Grevilleas are always attractive.

My walk was in spring, but it would be safe to say colour would be abundant at any time of the year.

A particular nice flower took my eye from across the road. Close inspection revealed it was a bird of paradise.

Bird of paradise
Bird of Paradise.

red flower
Only one flower, but stands out.

Most suburban walks will reward you with something you haven't seen before flower wise and this walk was no different.

pink flowers
These look spectacular.
yellow buds
Yellow is attractive.

A pleasant observation was that many of the street trees were bottlebrushes, which would attract many birds.

red bottlebrush
These brighten up any street.

The most numerous of birds seen were the almost ever-present noisy miners. I have probably seen hundreds, but their feeding habits still evoke a feeling of pleasure to watch.

noisy miner
Just leaving.

noisy miner
On the fence.

noisy miner
Feeding antics.

No walk would be complete without seeing magpies. It was nesting season but they were all friendly.

Magpie in grass.

A pleasant surprise was a currawong on someone's front lawn. Its beady eye watching me as I pause to take its photo.

The beady eyed currawong.

A few residents were out and about on their daily walk, some bringing their dog.

couple & dog
Walking the dog.

A frequent observation on my suburban COVID-19 inspired local walks are letterboxes. Most are purely functional but some are quite elaborate and form part of the garden landscape.

Blends in nicely.

Most gardens are well maintained and several have extended onto the nature strip, which adds pleasure to a walk.

verge garden
Garden extension.

yellow flower
A curly one.

If you walk over the rolling hills and don't wish a return journey, you can complete a circuit by walking along Switchback Road to your starting point.

yellow flowers
Three is better than one.

This too is an interesting walk. It's a busy road, but the footpath keeps you well away from the passing traffic. An interesting item on this section was a spoon garden.

spoon faces
Welcome to Spoonville.

A benefit of completing the circuit along Switchback Road is you pass a small strip of shops. There you can buy a pizza, fish and chips, or a drink.

strip shops
Refreshment centre.

A circuit walk gives you interest with every step.
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Why? It's a walk with lots to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Rolling Hills Road, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. J.1 - 37A.1.
Cost: Free
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