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Strathfield Avenue, 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 September 25th 2021
Have a rest at both ends
Strathfield Avenue is a most interesting street. It runs from the service road of Maroondah Highway, passes a Village Green and ends at the Mullum Mullum Creek.

Strathfield Avenue.
Strathfield Avenue.

It's a newly developed area of large houses with each garden well-manicured and maintained.

Well maintained garden.

The Village Green is a large grassy area dominated by a central rotunda, almost surrounded by fine clusters of white lilies.

The rotunda on the Village Green.

No one species of flower dominated the gardens, with almost every garden offering something different to the observant. Only one banksia and one native hibiscus were observed. I only saw two species, which looked like they belonged to the daisy family.

Banksia & native hibiscus.
Banksia & native hibiscus.

These do look a little like daisies.

A broom and a camellia were among the small trees in flower, together with a white rhododendron. A tall gum tree showed off its gumnuts high above.

Broom and camellia.
Broom and camellia trees.


gum nuts
Gum nuts on high.

A spotted dove was the first bird seen, in a tree before migrating to a nearby gutter. Only one magpie and a single Indian myna were seen, both a ground level.

spotted dove
Spotted Dove.

Magpie and Indian myna.
Maggie & myna.

At the northern end of Strathfield Avenue is the Douglas Maggs Reserve. This small reserve has play equipment and parallels the Mullum Mullum Creek Trail for about 300 metres. The reserve was very popular with families out for a walk. The area was a former orchard and some fruit trees remain.

Douglas Maggs Reserve.
Worth a read.

The path through Maggs Reserve.

It was along the path through the reserve that I met two French bulldogs. Despite their mean look, were very friendly and appreciated a few gentle pats.

French bulldogs.
The friendly French bulldogs.

Many walkers were enjoying the sunshine both along Strathfield Avenue, the reserve and the Mullum Mullum trail.

Enjoying their walk.

Cyclists were also enjoying the same venues.

Exercise on foot or wheels.

Grevilleas featured in many gardens. A large cluster of society garlic was eye-catching as were several iris flowers.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

society garlic.
Society Garlic.

Two bird baths appeared to have been long term residents of two gardens, one with permanent occupants.

bird baths.
One hidden and the other with rusted on birds.

Noisy miners can be a nuisance to other birds but to see one in a feeding frenzy in a grevillea bush was pure joy. They are often also seen at ground level.

Noisy miner feeding.
Noisy miner feeding.
noisy miner
Cleared for take off.

A pig on a pedestal was an unusual garden ornament together with a large bird, a gnome dressed for a football match and a large imitation sunflower.

Metal bird and concrete pig.
Tall metal bird and a pig who wants to be taller.

sunflower & gnome.
Sunflower and gnome.

With the vast array of flowers seen, many were unidentified, but nonetheless very attractive.

red flowers
All unidentified.

Only a few succulents were seen, a kalanchoe plant and an aeonium.

Kalanchoe plant and a aeonium.
Kalanchoe plant and an aeonium.

With power lines underground the street lights stood tall unencumbered by wires.

Garden lamp.
Two tall ones.

Strathfield Avenue is a great walk with a village green on one end, a reserve and creek trail at the other end and many beautiful gardens in between.

Street sign
Where you are and where you can go.
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Why? Something to do at both ends.
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Where: Strathfield Avenue, Croydon.
Cost: Free
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