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The Range Boulevard, 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 October 14th 2020
It is more than your usual street walk
The Range Boulevard starts and ends at Dorset Road. It is a new housing estate on the former Croydon Golf Club.

Range entrance
The Range at Croydon entrance with wisteria.

The boulevard is only one km in length, but you can add a half a kilometre by joining the ends by walking along Dorset Road.

The path along Dorset Road is well-landscaped.

street sign
We are here.

A bonus of this walk is there is over six small sidewalks spaced along the boulevard, all worth exploring and adding another kilometre to your journey, and lots of interest.

girl with dog.
Heading into one of the off-street walks.

The developers of this estate should be congratulated for the large amount of open space provided for the residents or anyone who wants an interesting suburban walk.

landscaped area.
One of the many landscaped rest areas.

Keeping with the modern trend, I did not notice one front fence on any of the properties, consequently, you can get close and personal to all the flowers growing in the well-kept gardens.

street scene
No front fences to be seen.

Ever present daisies.

The best place to park to enjoy what The Range Boulevarde has to offer is just in from the northern entrance as there are several off-street parking bays. You are then facing a constructed wetland area, consisting of a large pond which has been constructed to remove pollutants and toxins from stormwater runoff. A park bench, is in a small landscaped area, allows seated views across the pond.

viewing area
Viewing area for pond views.

The pond.

There is a path around the pond winding through some dense vegetation with a seat to watch any activity on the water. There was a constant croaking of frogs. The only water bird seen was a swamp hen.

The bushy path around the pond.

swamp hen
Swamp hen on pond edge.

Throughout the area are designated fitness trails with basic exercising structures.

fitness station.
One of the fitness stations.

Several areas of wilderness are fenced off. One is designated a Tree Protection Zone to protect many old growth eucalyptus trees. Another area is designated an Ecological Vegetation Class. All these areas have descriptive plaques to explain their significance.

flowering bush
One of the tall shrubs in bloom.

Noisy miners lived up to their name and were numerous in the many small vegetated areas, leading off the boulevard.

noisy miner
Noisy miner in tree.

noisy miner
Having a sand bath.

A couple of rainbow lorikeets made a fleeting visit as did one magpie.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet.

Magpie with lunch.

Only a couple of wildflowers were encountered in the many bushy areas but mass plantings of native grasses were evident, even along the nature strip bordering these areas.

Long purple flag.
Long purple flag.

Another wildflower.

grass stalk
There were many of these.

One unusual flower was encountered as were many more common blooms.

red flower
Very colourful.

In some of the heavily vegetated areas, many different species of wattle were blooming, adding a splash of colour.

Many wattles were blooming.

My walk was on a weekday and most of the other walkers were taking advantage of the off-boulevard areas to walk, walk their dog or jog.

lady and dog.
Lady and dog.

It's a street walk with many side benefits.
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Why? It is not your usual street walk.
When: anytime
Where: The Range Boulevard, Croydon. Melways map: 37. B.10.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
The bird labelled as a Rainbow Lorikeet is actually an Eastern Rosella.
by Seamist (score: 1|69) 13 days ago
The photo labelled ‘rainbow lorikeet” is actually an eastern rosella.
by Bec Rangas (score: 0|9) 12 days ago
Your articles inspire me to go walking. Fabulous.
by annie (score: 0|6) 15 days ago
Seamist is correct. The photo labelled ‘rainbow lorikeet” is actually an eastern rosella.
by Bec Rangas (score: 0|9) 12 days ago
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