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Stirling Road, 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 June 28th 2021
Stirling Road Is a Sterling Walk
This 900 metre road runs from Maroondah Highway to Kent Avenue.

Stirling Road.
A bend in Stirling Road.

It is elevated at the Maroondah Highway end and as you progress, it offers distant views of Mt. Dandenong and the Dandenong Ranges.

Mt. Dandenong from Stirling Road.
Stirling Road with Mt. Dandenong in the distance.

It is a well-established street with many weatherboard dwellings, many with picket fences. With my liking of picket fences, I became excited when I saw in the distance five in a row, but alas, not one with a lychgate.

picket fence
Always attractive in sunshine.

However, rounding a bend in Stirling Road, three were seen in a very short distance.

picket fence & lychgate.
Picket fence & lychgate.

picket fence & lychgate.
Another one.

Daisies were the most numerous flowers seen. Every street walk seems to offer a new variety. This time it was an unusual African daisy genus.

One of the many daisies seen.

Very colourful.

African daisy.
African daisy.

A tall lasiandra bush had few blooms but one with the sun shining through it looked very attractive.

Backlit lasiandra.

Quite a few people were taking advantage of the footpaths on both sides of the road, which is very steep in parts. Not a walk for the unfit.

Starting at the steep bit.

On the flat.

girl walking
Girl walking.

Few birds were seen, just a few magpies and a couple of mudlarks, all fossicking for food on lawns.

I think he's spied something.


A red, yellow-tipped grevillea look particularly attractive as did a violet vinca flower, which is more commonly known by its English name of periwinkle.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

Vinca flower.
Vinca flower.

A couple of jonquils were growing on a nature strip, having escaped the last mowing.

Nature strip jonquils.

One large overgrown front garden with some mature trees had large deposits of stripped bark surrounding them.
tree bark.
More bark than a lost dog's home.

Along the road is a small playground, set among some gum trees, providing shade on a hot day. A park bench is provided to sit and watch your young ones play.

Shady playground.

Street trees are nice, but it is sad to see many decimated to stop interference to power lines. A good case for underground cables.

decimated tree.
Decimated, but necessary.

A trend among newly built letter and paper boxes is to include a planter box, often planted with geraniums. I'm sure they brighten up the day of the post person.

mail box planter box
Very attractive.

A reminder that autumn has passed was a few leaves reluctant to leave their mother tree.

autumn leaves
Holding on to a past season.

The well-established street is a pleasure to wander along often combining the old with the new.

Street sign
It's been a nice exercise.
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Why? Exercise combined with a flora experience.
When: anytime
Where: Stirling Road, Croydon. Melways map: 50. G.1.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
I hope you walked "down" the road!
by annie (score: 1|53) 33 days ago
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