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Two Hidden Parks in Chirnside Park

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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 19th 2019
If you duck into here you will see some
Two hidden parks in Chirnside Park.

In the newer part of the large Chirnside Park estate off Black Springs Road are two, almost out of the way parks.

The Goldentree Drive Reserve has a small lake which appears to be home for about 50 ducks, a couple of cormorants and many swamp hens, always at home among the reeds. Very unusual to see so many ducks in a suburban environment.

Ducks on lake
The lake full of bird life with suburbia close behind.

Ducks on lake
Ducks galore.

The lake is the main feature of the park which also boasts a large grassy area with goal posts allowing locals to practice their goal kicking skills.

Bench seats are provided allowing seated views across the lake; a very peaceful vista.

A cormorant at home.

Swamp Hen
A swamp hen near home.

While primarily designed for local residents, it is worthwhile seeking out for its quiet ambience among suburbia. The children will love seeing so many ducks at once, if they are home on the day of your visit.

Delamere Drive Reserve is a park of many facets. Although not fenced the main entrance announces that it is the Village Green, with a path leading to a rotunda.

Village Green
Near one entrance.

A tennis court, which doubles as a basketball court is a feature on a flat area of this undulating park.

Basket ball
The basket ball court on the tennis court.

Basket ball
On its way.

A well-equipped playground is provided for the younger ones.

Just hanging around.

Play ground
On top of the world.

In the swing of things

A particularly steep area has been allowed to revert to the area's natural state with a stand of gum trees and native grasses, all well maintained by the Yarra Ranges Council.

A well maintained natural setting.

The two reserves are only a very short drive from the nearby Chirnside Park Shopping Centre and can offer a peaceful respite after a couple of hours shopping.

At lunchtime, forget the noisy food court, buy take away and enjoy lunch while watching the ducks.

Sitting here would be relaxing.

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McAlpin is off lead for dogs, with the exception of the playground - dogs need to be on lead within 15 metre.
by thewi (score: 0|2) 553 days ago
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