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Silcock 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 2nd 2019
No reservations needed to visit this reserve
Enter from Lincoln Road or William Ave. Both have off road parking.

This large reserve has four soccer pitches and meandering walking tracks around three sides of the reserve. On two sides the walking tracks wind through mature trees. The eastern track borders the railway line.

Playing fields
The wide expanse of four soccer fields.

The paths are wide compacted gravel and being flat would be wheelchair friendly.

Pathway
The meandering pathway suitable for wheelchairs.

It has an off-lead area for dogs and seems popular with local dog owners. On my two visits, both on cold overcast June days, many dogs were encountered with their owners suitably rugged up.

Off lead dog area
Part of the off-lead dog area.

Also on my two visits, I was entertained by a soccer match in progress and both times I spent a pleasant half an hour watching from the boundary line. It was educational hearing the players talking to each other, (sometimes yelling) something you don't hear from your television set.

Soccer match.
Soccer match in progress.

On both visits, a large group of noisy corellas were on the unused soccer pitches feeding as were a lesser number of galahs.

Galah
A hungry galah.


Corella
An equally hungry corella.

Several rainbow lorikeets descended upon trees near where I was watching the soccer, being alerted by their feeding screeching, which appeared to attract others to the area.

Rainbow lorikeet
A vey colourful rainbow lorikeet.

There is a moderate size playground to keep the young ones amused and nearby is an undercover picnic area with BBQs.

Playground
The playground with picnic shelter and BBQ in foreground.


kids on bikes
A couple of young locals heading for the play ground.


Boy on bike
Wait for me.

It may only take you 10-15 minutes to wander around the paths but an added feature of this reserve is the possibility of observing a grass roots soccer match, particularly on a week end.

Walking the dog.
Walking the dog.

You could easily spend an hour in Silcock Reserve, particularly if a soccer match is in progress
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Where: Silcock Reserve, Croydon. Melways: Map 51 A.1.
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So many leading paths. Gorgeous place.
by Nadine Cresswell-Myatt (score: 3|5580) 22 days ago
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