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Somers Street, Mitcham

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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 20th 2022
A Somers walk in winter
This street meanders and undulates for 700 metres. The north side is all residential, with most of the south side adjacent to the Somers Trail.

Somers Street
Somers Street.

The highlight of my walk was a rainbow lorikeet nicely perched on a gum tree. These colourful birds don't seem fazed by close human intervention.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.

Winter flowering plants were plentiful with many fine displays of camellias and azaleas.



Many gardens had correas in flower, which is an endemic Australian plant.

Correa bushes.

Approaching one garden I spied a magpie quietly sitting on the ground and not moving as I approached. It was then that I realised it was a tin one, but quite lifelike from a distance. It was then that I heard the distant laughter of several kookaburras. Near the tin magpie was a tin kookaburra, quite a coincidence.

tin magpie & kookaburra.
Tin magpie & kookaburra.

I soon saw some real magpies.

The feathered variety.

There were many walkers and their dogs about, mostly on the path in the parallel Somers Trail.

Walkers and dogs.
The dogs were running free.

Somers Trail.
Somers Trail.

More walkers.

The north side of Somers Street was elevated and several houses had steps up from the footpath. A rather weathered bear looked like he had been jammed in the fork of a street tree for some time.

Bear & steps.
Bear and steps.

A nice single stem aeonium plant stood out among a rockery of others. A white flowering plant was identified as an Australian finger lime. Two other Australian plants were several banksia and a grevillea.

Aeonium & Australian finger lime.
Aeonium & Australian finger lime.

Banksia & grevillea.
Banksia & grevillea.

Part way along is a small playground bordering the trail. It is fenced and ideal for small children who have a tendency to wander off. An outside external bench seat is provided for parents to sit and watch their offspring.

The fenced playground.

Several noisy miners were seen as well as a small unidentified bird. By its long narrow beak, I judged it to be a honeyeater.

Noisy miners & honeyeater.
Noisy miners & honeyeater

Several geranium varieties were seen, one growing in a coir hanging basket on a front wall.


Many plumbago plants were in one garden as were several polygala bushes and several stands of lavender.

Plumbago, polygala and lavender.
Plumbago, polygala and lavender.

Seen from a distance were the bright orange blossoms of several honeysuckle vines.

Flowers of the honeysuckle vine.

My walk was on a nice 17 sunny winter's day with no wind. You can make it a circuit walk by walking the street and returning via the path in the adjacent Somers Trail.

Street sign
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Why? It's almost a walk in the park.
When: anytime
Where: Somers Street, Mitcham. Melways map: 49. B.11.
Cost: Free
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