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Stephens 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 March 1st 2020
It may be a reserve, but don't be shy about going there
This Reserve on busy Canterbury Road is easy to miss while driving past, but it is worth exploring. It is best accessed from Nunkeri Street, which runs of Terrara Road.

Stephens reserve
The sign on Canterbury Road.

At that location, there is a scouts and guides hall, tennis courts, playground and plenty of off street parking.

playground
The playground near the tennis courts.

It is around 700 metres in length and the paths are flat, wide and compacted gravel making them most suitable for wheelchairs.

reserve pathways
Wide flat paths through the reserve.

The reserve could be described as open woodland with many trees, shrubs and native grasses in landscaped areas, with these landscaped areas adding to the well-maintained look.

woodland
The open woodland area noticeable here.

The only facilities in the reserve are just a couple of park benches, placed so you can enjoy the scenery.

Man on seat in reserve.
Having a rest.

A few of the bushes were in flower, as was a gum tree.

flowering gum.
The flowering gum tree.


flowering bush
One of the flowering bushes.

Several ground cover plants were also in flower in some of the landscaped areas, giving a splash of colour among the greenery.

ground cover
Flowering ground cover.


yellow flower
A splash of colour.

Many birds were seen, mainly on the ground. The ever present magpies were the first sighted.


magpie
Standing proud.

A couple of rainbow lorikeets kindly landed on a neighbouring fence giving a clear view of them. Houses are on both sides of the reserve but are not visibly distracting.

rainbow lorikeet
A fence sitter.

Several noisy miners were fossicking for food among a carpet of dried leaves. They are always quiet when looking for food.

noisy miners
A pair of miners.

Some very nice areas of native grasses add to the enjoyment of a walk through this reserve, some with their version of flowers.

native grasses
A nice grass display.


native grasses
New plantings.


grass flowers
Flowering grass?

The area was rather dry and it surprised me to see a couple very large fungi growing among a deep layer of dead leaves.

large fungi
One of the very large fungi.

The reserve is used by local residents to take their dogs for walks. It is strictly an on leash area.

Man and dog.
Walking the dog, or vice-versa.

Like many smaller suburban reserves, if you take the time to look up, down and around, interesting sights will find your eyes.
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Why? An easy walk for man and beast.
When: Every day
Where: Canterbury Road, Vermont.
Cost: Free
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