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Switchback Road, Chirnside Park (The City Side)

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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 April 2nd 2021
A walk on the city side
Switchback Road is a 1.8 km straight but hilly road running from Victoria Road to Edward Road.

road scene
The Edward Road end.

It is a road of contrasts. The south side is all residential with a formed footpath, while the north side is mainly rural with grass verges. This article concentrates on the built up side.

road scene
The city side with walker.

It is a well-established area with well-established gardens, with a few newly landscaped ones. Some very colourful flowers were easily noticed.




The footpath on the city side saw several walkers, some with their canine walking partner.

man & dog
Walking the dog.

Many of the popular shrubs and bushes were evident, including a Cotoneaster with yellow berries, and several Grevilleas.

Cotoneaster tree
Yellow Cotoneaster berries.


An unusual flower turned out to be a pumpkin flower after following the vine to a well-formed pumpkin.

pumpkin flower.
Pumpkin flower.

Another fruit of the vine that stood out was a tomato with two bright red ripe tomatoes right on the fence line.

Ready for picking.

A diversion partway along is a pathway between two houses leading to Botanica Reserve. If you have children, this is a must-see reserve, particularly the locally called pencil park playground.

reserve entrance
To the reserve.

Botanica reserve.
Botanica Reserve.

At the high point of Switchback Road is a small strip of shops, featuring a mixed business and bottle shop, beauty salon, fish & chips, pizzas and a restaurant.

Shopping strip
The strip of shops.

A large patch of native grasses looked stunning wavering in the slight breeze.

native grasses
Native grasses.

The only avian activity seen on this side of the road was a solitary Swallow sitting high above on the power lines.

It's only one Swallow, so it's not spring.

Beneath the swallow perched upon a pretend flower was an angel, looking very angelic.

Cute as an Angel.

A trend in newly landscaped gardens is to plant isolated flowering bushes which should grow and spread into large attractive bushes with masses of flowers. On such bush noticed was an Alyssum.

Alyssum bush
Alyssum bush.

Many wheelbarrows are living out their retirement as mobile garden beds, although the one below looks like it has run out of mobility.
wheel barrow
End of the road.

If after your city walk you long for the country, just switchback to the other side of the road.
Street sign
Our location.
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Why? Lots to see.
When: Anytime
Where: Switchback Road, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 38. B.1.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Some photos of the farmlands and hills on the other side of Switchback Rd, are very picturesque. your walk is interesting nevertheless.
by leoba (score: 0|2) 29 days ago
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