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Sunset Drive, Kilsyth South

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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 20th 2022
Don't wait until sunset to see Sunset Drive
Sunset Drive is a 700 mt. no through newly-established drive and is a delightful walk. It runs off Liverpool Road, is flat, slightly meandering and offers views of Mt. Dandenong.

Sunset Drive
Sunset Drive, with Mt. Dandenong in distance.


Power lines are underground and the street lighting is heritage-looking lamps.

street lamps.
Heritage looking street lamps.

Australian native plants are well represented by grevilleas, banksias and bottlebrushes.

Grevilleas
Grevilleas.


banksia
Banksia.


bottle brush
Bottlebrush.

Newly established housing blocks tend to be small and with the tendency for larger houses means small front yards. Small front yards mean neat well landscaped gardens, with some nice garden ornaments.

fountain
Garden fountain.

Roses are nice to see and occasionally smell, but I only saw white ones in Sunset Drive.

white roses
White roses.

A particularly striking magenta coloured profusely flowering plant was a bougainvillea.

bougainvillea
Bougainvillea.


Magpies were the prominent avian species seen and are interesting to watch when they are on the ground fossicking for food.

magpies
Looking, spying, got you.

The only other birds seen was a lone crow perched atop a tall slender conifer and a single plover on a nature strip. Plovers are rarely seen in built up areas.

Crow & plover.
Crow and plover.


A bird of paradise was seen but it was the flowering variety.

Bird of paradise
They do look nice in the right light.

I continue to be amazed at the number of plants in the salvia genus, no less than 900 worldwide. Two were seen on this walk.

salvia
Two samples of salvia.

Old farm equipment tend to appear regularly in many gardens and many wheel barrows are saved from the tip retirement venue.

garden barrow.
Rusty farm implement and garden bed wheel barrow.


An unusual plant was identified as a fried egg plant, no doubt named because of its looks. Another white flower with a yellow centre were several oxalis plants, which is said to be an invasive weed.

Fried egg plant.
Fried egg plant.



Only a couple of walkers were seen. One with two dogs.

Walkers
Walking the dog and walking equipment.

Bird baths seem to be popular in both old and new gardens. One of the few fenced properties had an interesting brick fence.

Bird baths and brick fence décor.
Bird baths and brick fence décor..


It was nice to see a lychgate and several picket fences, including one which is in need of some TLC, or at least a coat of paint. I suspect is on an original property of the area.

Lych gate & picket fences.
Lych gate & picket fences.


A gnome in one garden look happy to be there, as did some cute garden statues. Some nice succulents appeared in many gardens.



garden ornaments.
Garden ornaments.


cute statue.
Cute as.
succulent
Growing succulent.

Only a few daisies were seen, mostly single flowers rather than bushes. Very colourful were some camellias and a Chinese lantern bush.

daisies
Daisies.


camellia
Camellia and Chinese lantern.

Sunset Drive is a modern area walk in a quiet outer suburban location.

sunset drive
Sunset Drive.


Street sign
Our location.

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Why? A good walk to see modern gardens.
When: anytime
Where: Sunset Drive, Kilsyth South. Melway map: 51. G.11.
Cost: Free
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