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Sugarloaf Drive, Chirnside Park

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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 July 22nd 2021
It's a sweet walk
This 700 metre drive runs between Vista and Viewpoint Drives.

Sugarloaf Drive
Sugarloaf Drive showing the steep end.

Many gardens had magnificent displays of camellias. Red ones stood out, particularly on close inspection.

They are always brilliant.

Brilliant red camellia flowers and their green leaves almost surrounded a garden lamp mounted on a fence pillar. Several other modern garden lamps adorned gate posts on the few properties that had front fences.

lamp & camellias
The surrounded lamp.

Garden lamp.
A double header.

The beauty of camellias is the blooms don't all flower at the same time. There are always new ones budding and mature blooms lose their petals which forms a colourful carpet around their base.

camellia tree
Spent leaves still look colourful.

An asset to any garden.

Only one magpie was seen, perched on overhead wires, while mudlark was feeding at ground level.

Magpie on high.

Lunch has arrived.

Birds of a different colour were two pink flamingos almost hidden in garden foliage.

Pink flamingos

Jonquils and lilies were in many gardens, their white flowers contrasting nicely with dark backgrounds.

a nice stand.

Lily white is an apt caption.

I'm always on the lookout for different garden ornaments and this walk supplied two new ones. A happy looking panda having a feed of what didn't look like bamboo and an even happier looking baby elephant seemed pleased with his surroundings.

Panda at rest.

All ears and happy.

Naturally many daisies were seen, a nice pink one and a mass escape of a bush.

pink daisy
Nice specimen.

Escaped daisies.
A successful escape.

Miner or myna? I saw one of each. A noisy one perched in a tree and an Indian one perched atop a cement power pole, which it soon abandoned.

noisy miner in tree
Sitting quietly.

Indian myna
Heading off.

Also, a crow was almost hidden in another tree, despite no foliage to help to hide it.

Crow in tree.

While looking skywards three birds flew over. They were in silhouette, but later closer inspection of the photos identified them as ibis.

flying ibis
Low flying Ibis.

Only one walker was seen and he seemed to be in a hurry to cross the road.

Hi-viz walker.
Hi-viz walker.

Polygala bushes look pretty ordinary until getting close and admiring their exquisite beauty. Two other small bushes had similarly shaped flowers of different colours, but look like part of the polygala genus.

Well worth a close look.

small flowers
Could be polygalas.

A few grevilleas were starting to blossom and one resident was proud of their address displaying it on their letterbox or was it to remind the postie where they were.


We are here.

Sugarloaf Drive is only a short straight street with a couple of steep bits which may slow you down to experience the beauty in gardens.

Street sign
Our location.
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Why? It's a sweet walk.
When: anytime
Where: Sugarloaf Drive, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 37. G.4.
Cost: Free
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