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Savanna Drive, Mooroolbark

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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 15th 2020
It's a walk to the castle
Street sign
Our location.

Savanna Drive is only 700 metres in length but combined with a circuit of Manchester Road and Partridge Way, it will give you a 1.5 km walk, which is well worth it.

mass of flowers

The jewel in the crown of Savanna Drive is the Castle Hill Reserve on the corner of Partridge Way.

reserve entrance
Reserve entrance.

Magnificent location.

The reserve has recently undergone a complete renovation by Yarra Ranges Council. The old play area has been removed and replaced at the top of Castle Hill with a castle-themed playground.

castle playground
The castle themed playground.

The perimeter of the reserve has been recently landscaped. incorporating new plants to compement the old.

landscape garden.
Newly established.

white flowers.
White flowering bush.

While the reserve is the jewel, a walk along the circuit streets will display many colourful floral trinkets.

openi ng buds.
opening blooms.

purple flowers
Purple Flowers

The area is a relatively new, residentially speaking, and no front fences were observed with gardens flowing down to the footpath allowing uninterrupted views of the many manicured gardens and colourful floral displays.

No front fences.

A clump of daisies.

On my street walks, I am always on the lookout for unusual flowers, well, unusual for me, and I wasn't disappointed.


pink flowers
Stems of colour.

spouting tree.
Not quite a flower, but interesting.

A trend I have noticed lately is that the front lawn has been replaced by landscaped gardens, often with a small tree as a centrepiece.

weeping tree
Weeping tree.

orange flowers
Orange blooms.

My walk was on a late morning weekday and the Castle Hill Reserve was extremely popular with young families enjoying the sunshine, the playground and a picnic lunch.

Lots of enjoyment.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Very few birds were seen. Several magpies were flying about, with the occasional one landing to fossick among the grass.

Fossicking magpie.

Several crows were noisily doing the same in a lawn in Manchester Road.

Crow in the grass.

The same area saw several wattle birds feeding among the street trees.

wattle bird
Wattle Bird feeding.

Only a couple of other people were walking the streets as I was, but unless you wanted to admire the flowers, there is a perimeter path around the reserve.

Pounding the path.

Savanna Drive has several uphill sections, which would be a challenge for wheelchairs, but the reserve itself is reasonably flat, and combined with the great views the mobility challenged would be pleased to be there.

yellow rose
A yellow rose of Mooroolbark.

porple flowers

No matter where you live or visit, a walk around the neighbourhood would be an uplifting experience as well as good exercise.

flowers on verge.
Garden on the verge.

Castle Hill is aptly named, as you look past the castles to the distant hills, you feel like you are the King of the Castle.

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Why? It's an unique experience
When: anytime
Where: Savanna Drive Mooroolbark. Melways map: Map 37. G.7
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Great photos and story again. Thank you.
I am not a gardener but admired the plants photographed and loaded a plant ID app and it put names to all first four I took shots of from the screen- amazing.
Thanks again maybe Edna Walling area one day?
by tauru (score: 1|12) 9 days ago
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