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Summit Road, Lilydale

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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 4th 2021
See the summit From the Summit
Summit Road begins at Queen Road and winds its way upwards for 900 metres coming to a "T" intersection also named Summit Road. The "T" is 600 metres in length with the longer side ending at Mangans Road, giving a nice 1.5 km walk.

Street sign
Take your pick.

The road narrows as it reaches its summit. With no footpaths and foliage growing to the kerb, it has a country lane feeling to it.

Summit Road.
It does have a country lane look.

It is a well-established area which means large blocks and large gardens, many very full of foliage. Bottlebrushes and grevilleas added a splash of colour.

Cousins in colour

Many daisies were evident, including a large mass of different colours.

A multitude of daisies.

A tin cow mailbox, complete with cowbell was very prominent and to complement it a few houses along was a milk churn as a mailbox.

tin cow
Mail boxes with a dairy theme.

Similar coloured native hibiscus and a solanum flower stood out against their verdant background.

native hibiscus & solanum.
Native hibiscus & solanum.

A few walkers were about, mainly on the "T" section, although another walker and his dog made a nice photo with the sun casting shadows towards the camera.

Dog walker and shadows.
Dog walker and shadows.

A nice garden ornament of two little poodles looked very alert while one of several wheelbarrow garden beds looked a little unloved.

dogs and wheelbarrow.
Two alert poodles and an unloved wheelbarrow.

A very lucky magpie was photographed looking pleased at having found lunch. A wattlebird was just gutter gazing.

magpie & wattle bird.
One was grazing and the other gazing.

Two single blooms attracted attention. A pink azalea and a pink rose.

two pink flowers.
An azalea & a rose.

A large cubby house appeared to be built on a vacant block, while almost opposite was a garage adorned with petrol signs and a petrol bowser.

cubby house and garage.
A boy cave and a man cave.

Many protea bushes were in full flower as were several magnolia trees and bushes.

They do look nice in their prime.

In all their splender.

In well-established and sometimes overgrown gardens several species often blend together. Red hot pokers among some magnolias looked stunning. A flowering aloe added to the enjoyment.

colourful flowers
A colourful blend.

Aloe in flower.

While standing under a tree I was surprised to see two kookaburras quietly fly into the innermost branches. Several times kookaburra could be heard in the distance.

These made a silent arrival.

A kangaroo paw and a green flowering succulent stood out by being isolated from other plants. Two other succulents stood out for the same reason, including an aeonium.

kangaroo paw & succulent
Kangaroo paw and aeonium succulent.

At the top end of Summit Road, many large trees were growing, include a cypress showing many flowering cones.

cypress tree
Part of a colossal cypress tree.

Several smaller trees were in flower including many wattles, a broom and a white one too far away to identify.

A wattle and a broom.

Standing at the top end and looking downhill the television towers on the summit of Mt. Dandenong looked magnificent in the distance.

Mt. Dandenong summit.
A distant Mt. Dandenong.

Windmills are becoming a popular garden feature, although many are rusting so must have been there for many years. Two little statues were sheltering under an umbrella adding a nice touch.

Garden windmill and statue.

No spoon villages were seen but a stone one of painted rocks added colour to a garden. One house had a well set back fence with a park bench against a brick wall and picket gateway.

rock village
A rock village and a restful place. .

The only unidentified flower seen was an escapee from a metal fence.

escaped flower
An unidentified escapee.

A group of pansies and an iris were in a newly established garden.

pansies & iris.
Pansies and an iris.

At the Queen Road end is a small park with a playground.

Playground at Queen Road end.

This walk is uphill all the way, but downhill coming back, giving you a different slant of all you see.

Street sign
A worthwhile objective.
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Why? It' worth the climb.
When: anytime
Where: Summit Road Lilydale. Melways map: 38. H.5.
Cost: Free
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