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Spriggs Drive, Croydon

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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 May 3rd 2021
You will walk in a circle in Spriggs Drive
Spriggs Drive is on the former Croydon Golf Course. Although a newly established area, most gardens are well established.

spriggs Drive
Spriggs Drive.

It starts at Evans Drive, is only 600 metres in length and circles back on itself to form a loop. On the Evans Drive corner is a large park with an expanse of grass, a playground and an undercover picnic shelter with BBQ.

Park with playground and picnic area.

It was on the expanse of grass that several crested pigeons were feeding.

crested pigeons
A pair of pigeons.

Beyond the park is a fenced, constructed wetland, built to control stormwater runoff. Although surrounded by small trees and shrubs, a small pond was visible but no water birds seen.

wetlands sign
Interesting reading.

Water, but no water birds.

None of the housing blocks had front fences which made for close observations of the flora. Abelia and gaura flowers, although predominately white, stood out against their dark foliage.

Abelia bush.

The beautiful gaura flower.

A hebe bush and a pink salvia added colour to several gardens, as did a solanum plant.

hebe bush
Pink hebe.

pink salvia
Pink salvia.

Solanum flower.

An attractive modern trend with street trees is to plant flora such as bottlebrushes and banksias. Coupled with underground power lines they give the street a welcoming appearance.

bottle brush
Street bottle brush.

Street banksia.

A feature of the golf course development is the retaining of a lot of open space. Almost half of the loop of Spriggs Drive has been retained as bushland. It is fenced to protect the flora within. It was in this area that I photographed a distant parrot.

Distant parrot.

Another feature of this estate is that there are many walkways between houses that lead to more open space.

One of the many walkways in the estate leading to greener pastures.

Many streets have small parking bays to alleviate the need for on street parking.

parking bays
Off street parking.

It would be a very pleasant place to reside or enjoy a short street walk.

Street sign
The drive turns.
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Why? Short walk, but lots to see.
When: anytime
Where: spriggs Drive, Croydon. Melways map: 37. C.11.
Cost: Free
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