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Settlers Orchard 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 June 16th 2019
No fruit trees in this orchard
reserve entrance
The sign on Croydon Hills Road.

This is one of several reserves in the Croydon Hills area. Settlers Orchard is the smallest with its main feature being a small lake which is home to many ducks.

As I approached the lake on a fine Sunday morning, I counted 24 ducks taking in the sun and feeding on the verdant verge of the lake. Several more of the species were happily swimming around on the lake.

Small lake & ducks
Many ducks feeding on the grassy edge of the lake.

There is a wide compacted gravel pathway around the reserve. Although a little undulating it would be suitable for wheelchairs. There is a small fenced viewing platform on one side of the lake allowing close up views of any swimming ducks. Access to the platform is across a short steepish grassy bank, which would be unsuitable for wheelchairs.

Walking dogs
You can leave the paths.

Many mature gum trees are growing around the perimeter of the lake, which on a still day gives some lovely reflections in the still water.

Lake reflections
Tree reflections and swimming ducks.

Tree reflections
Lovely tree reflections

A passing duck, in swim mode, will cause ripples in the water, but it soon returns to smooth.

Duck on water.
Duck making ripples.

Like most small suburban parks and reserves it is popular with local residents and their dogs. I met three people and three dogs out for a Sunday stroll. Most dog owners are on for a chat, particularly about their canine friends. Since writing for WeekendNotes, my dog identification has improved, except for spotting caboodles and other derivations of a very busy poodle.

Dog Walkers
Walking the dog.

The lake was recently drained and desilted with many of the accumulated reeds removed. No doubt any of the resident ducks would have approved of the renovations to their watery abode.

Small lake
An overall view of the lake with the viewing platform at centre right.

A small playground at the Croydon Hills Road entrance will keep any young ones happy while their minders can sit and watch their antics or enjoy a picnic on the adjacent picnic bench and seats.

The small play ground with the lake in the background.

It is a pleasant spot for a gentle walk and a short break if you are in the area.
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Where: Croydon Hills Road, Croydon Hills. Melways: Map 36 E.9
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