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Valley Ho, 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 March 27th 2021
There are no tally-ho's in Valley Ho
Valley Ho is 600 metres in length, meandering at both ends, starting and finishing at Roseman Road.

street scene
Valley Ho.

It is part of the original Chirnside Park Estate, developed in the 1960s. Most of the gardens are well-established with many featuring mature trees.

tree droppings
Tree droppings make a nice pattern.

Quite a few gardens were newly landscaped with several types of Salvia in one such area with an Alyssum bush.

red salvia
Red Salvia.


blue salvia
Blue Salvia.


Alyssum bush
Alyssum bush.

Some large shrubs were evident as Cotoneaster and Morning Glory bushes.

Cotoneaster tree
Cotoneaster tree.


Morning glory
Morning Glory creeper.

It's almost impossible not to stop and admire Grevilleas, particularly red specimens. The Gaura flower also almost demands a close inspection.

red grevillea
These will brighten up any day.


Gaura
Gaura flower.

A Spotted Dove resting on a brush fence and a Magpie in a rock garden were nicely captured, photographically speaking.

spotted dove
Spotted Dove.



Many of the houses on the west side of Valley Ho backed onto the former Chirnside Park Country Club golf course. The golf course has now been developed into a housing estate.

housing
Former golf course now covered with houses.

Near the Roseman Road end is Botanica Drive. This drive is worth a walk itself as it passes through what was the aforementioned golf course with part of one side of the drive a reserve with a meandering sealed walking path.

Street sign
Follow the sign.


Not far from the start of Botanica Drive at Valley Ho is the Botanica Reserve. It is known by locals as the "pencil park" because the fence posts surrounding the playground are brightly-painted, multi-coloured pencils. It is worth a visit just to see this colourful vista.

pencil fence.
Pencil fence.

Only one man and his dog were encountered as foot and paw traffic. A bonus of street walks is you often encounter walkers and gardeners who are often good for a chat.

man & dog
Man and his golden retriever.

What residents decorate their gardens with makes interesting viewing. Old style lamps always stand out.

garden lamp.
Old, but not out of place.

Old wheelbarrows are frequently used as pot plants and do look well at home in a garden.

wheel barrow
Old wheel barrows never die.


wheel barrow
Perhaps this one has.

An unusual flower sighted was a Lion's Claw, which is a native of southern Africa.

lions claw
Lions Claw plant.

Not uncommon, but still attractive is just a single daisy.

daisy
White daisy.

Roses are still in bloom in some gardens as was an Oleander.

red rose
Red Rose.
rose
Multi coloured.


oleander flower
Oleander flower.

The highlight of this walk was the appearance of a low flying large black bird which kindly landed in a nearby tree. It was a Yellow Tail Cockatoo. Truly a unique experience.

Yellow tailed cockatoo.
Yellow Tailed Cockatoo.

At either end of Valley Ho, you can walk along part of Roseman Road to join up with the opposite end of Valley Ho. The circuit is1.3 kms.

Street sign
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Why? It's worth it.
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Where: Vally Ho, Chirnside Park. Melways map: 38. A.3.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Such beautiful, vibrant colours in the pictures Neil
by Gillian Ching (score: 3|2478) 21 days ago
I think the tree droppings are from a Cedar. They look similar to the droppings of our Himalayan Cedar.
Nice photos.
by 23and (score: 0|9) 21 days ago
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