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Surrey Road, East & West, 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 15th 2021
East and West Do Meet
Surrey Road runs between Croydon and Dorset Roads. East and West is separated by the Lilydale railway line, giving only pedestrian crossing.

Surrey Road.
Surrey Road.

It has a combined length of 800 metres and is well-established evidenced by large blocks, many weatherboard houses, front fences and overhead wires for electricity and telephone services.

Surrey Road.
Surrey Road.

Many flowers were blooming - azaleas, grevilleas, bottlebrushes and Chinese lanterns being the most colourful.

grevillea & bottlebrush.
Grevillea & bottlebrush.

Chinese lantern flower.
Chinese lantern flowers.

Daisies were numerous but more subdued colours than in many gardens. An iris and a white camellia also fitted the subdued description.


Iris & camellia.
Iris & camellia.

Many birds were seen. The usual numbers of magpies were around. Always looking for lunch.

Looking for and found lunch.

This one has also found lunch.

A number of noisy miners were about, with one giving a fine display of acrobatics while searching for food in a very leafy tree.

noisy miner in tree
Their feeding antics are a joy to see.

A pleasant sight in these older areas is many picket fences and lychgates, always a joy to see items of a past era still with us.

Lych gates & picket fence.
Lych gates & picket fence.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Another one.

Another pleasant sight was a corella feeding at a bird seeder hanging in a front garden tree. On the roof of the same house were two domestic pigeons, an introduced species.

Corella close up.

Domestic pigeons
Domestic pigeons.

Many gardens featured small garden beds planted with a multitude of different flowers and plants. One featured a brilliant red azalea bush.

Garden beds
A delight in any garden.


Movement on a veranda caught my attention. A most unusual sight on a suburban veranda was a chook, which I deemed was a Rhode Island red.

Chook on veranda.

The only garden ornaments seen were a small statue and a swing hanging from a high tree branch.

swing & statue.
Garden swing & statue.

A couple of walkers were out exercising, one with two small dogs.

A couple of walkers and a couple of dogs.

At the eastern end of Surry Road West is Silcock Reserve. This is a large area of playing fields, a playground and walking paths. It is also a popular spot for dog exercise.

running dog.
Doggie exercise in Silcock Reserve.

There is a walking path on either side of the rail line where east meets west. Opposite the Dorset Road end of Surrey Road East is Adams Reserve, a large grassed area with a playground.

Adams Reserve and rail crossing.
Adams Reserve and rail pedestrian crossing.

Two crows were encountered, one in a tree and the other on a rooftop. A red wattlebird and a noisy miner both preferred trees for resting.

Two crows.

Red wattle bird.
Red wattle bird.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

A tabby cat appeared in a driveway, looked around, saw me, posed for a photo and retreated.

tabby cat.
Tabby cat.

A small group of white freesias in the middle of a lawn looked a little out of place but made a nice photo.


Bluebells and a kangaroo paw added a little colour as did a magnolia bloom.

Blue bells & kangaroo paw.
Blue bells & kangaroo paw.

Magnolia bloom.

A cotoneaster showed its red berries and a tree was endowed with a multitude of small pink blossoms.

Cotoneaster tree
Cotoneaster berries.

pink flowers
In the pink.

There is a lot to see and do on this walk if you take advantage of the reserve and walking paths.

Street sign
Take your pick.
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Why? Lots of flowers and lots of birds.
When: anytime
Where: Surrey Roads, East & West. Melways map: 50. K.1.
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Your Comment
What a pretty street, like you I love the old house with their picket fences, there herald a more family oriented time in our history and I love the little cottage gardens.
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9251) 39 days ago
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