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The Eyrie, 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 November 23rd 2020
See the old and the new
An eyrie is a large nest of an eagle or other bird of prey, built high in a tree or on a cliff. It is also a high or inaccessible place from which someone can observe what is below them.

eyrie street sign
Our location.

The latter is almost a good description of The Eyrie in Lilydale. It is only 600 metres in length and quite steep along parts of its short course but many residents would have good views over Lilydale.

high view
Lilydale in background.

Floral trio.

It begins at Anderson Road and ends at the rear of Mt. Lilydale College. The start is under an umbrella of large mature tree, giving a cool start even on a hot day.

shady street scene
A shady beginning.

At the first bend on the right, looms a large residence on a large block. It was built in the late 1880s and is named The Towers, modelled after a Scottish castle.

The towers
The Towers in 1912.

the towers
The Towers today.

It is a street with well-established gardens, with many houses hidden behind those gardens. Older gardens often mean front fences, which often exhibit escaped plants.

old gates
Very old entrance.


Mature trees in front yards, combined with street trees offer a canopy of foliage in parts, giving an added pleasure to the walk. Some of these trees are of the flowering variety, which can look spectacular covered in colourful blooms.

Himalayan Dogwood.
Himalayan Dogwood tree.

Himalayan Dogwood.
Himalayan Dogwood flowers.

Cotoneaster tree
Cotoneaster tree in flower.

Several unusual individual blooms were seen, which always adds interest to a street walk. My thanks to the staff at Warren Glen Nursery in Warrandyte who identified many of the flora I photographed in The Eyrie.

chinese lantern flower.
Chinese lantern flowers.

Lambs ear flower
Lambs Ear flower with bee.

I showed them a photo of the base of a tree which I thought was a type of burl. I was informed, "It's an Ash tree, about 90 years old and the growth is where it had been grafted."

ash tree
Old Ash tree.

clematis flower
Clematis flower.

red flowers
Red always stands out.

A very large bush with many green tentacles, mostly pointing upwards, was identified as a Pride of Madeira. It did remind me of a green octopus with its tentacles pointing in many directions. I imagine on a very windy day it could be intimidating.

Pride of Madeira bush
One arm of the Pride of Madeira plant.

budding flower
horizontal beauty.

Garden ornaments seem to have replaced the iconic garden gnome as preferred residents of gardens. One garden in The Eyrie boasts a lion keeping his eye on things from the undergrowth.

garden lion
Lion guarding the garden.

garden fountain
Garden fountain.

Pelargonium flower.
Pelargonium flower.

The only birds like seen in The Eyrie was a magpie and a blackbird. Alas, no eagles or birds of prey.


It's a short walk with a couple of steep sections in keeping with its name.
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Why? It's short, it's steep and its enjoyable.
When: anytime
Where: The Eyrie, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. F.4.
Cost: Free
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