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Victoria Road, 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 July 21st 2021
Don't let the scarecrows scare you
Victoria Road is 8 kms in length but I am concentrating on the first 1.8 kms, which is residential development finishing at Switchback Road. The other 6.2 kms is all semi-rural.

Victoria road
Victoria Road heading for the country.

It is a road with a split personality. The east side is in Lilydale, while the west side is designated Chirnside Park.

Victoria road
Many undulations.

Victoria Road begins at the Maroondah Highway intersection which is where the O'Tree Restaurant is. Its name comes from the huge oak tree that dominates the outdoor area. I would rate it excellent, based on my four dining experiences there.

O'Tree restaurant
O'Tree restaurant front entrance.

It is a straight road but is quite hilly and gives some nice distant views from elevated sections.

distant mountains.
Mt. Dandenong can be seen from the high spots.

The gardens provide a large range of flora with no species dominating. Many camellias were blossoming, as were some yellow daisies.

camelia & daisies
Pink and yellow.

An interesting 'tableau' was several fallen camellia flowers sitting atop a brick fence with an Azalea bush intruding.

Camellia & azalea
Camellia flowers and azalea.

Being a lengthy road many birds were seen. A magpie and a corella were caught perching in separate deciduous trees, making them easy to see. Another magpie was seen looking for lunch on a lawn.

corella & magpie
Corella and magpie, easily seen.

magpie in grass.
"I think I see lunch."

Several birds of a different feather were seen, if you call a bird of paradise flower having feathers.

Bird of paradise
They could be feathers.

Garden ornaments, particular bird baths are popular with several seen as well as a fountain, gnome and a goose.

garden ornaments.
These are always interesting.

A pair of lions stood guard atop opposite gate posts at the entrance of one house.

Standing guard.

Lots of people were out and about. Victoria Road is very busy but footpaths on both sides make walking safe.

very busy road.
Very busy.

Coming and going.

Walkers under a heavy sky.

Victoria Road Primary School is establishing a garden, complete with scarecrows. They must be effective as not one crow was seen during my walk.

Keeping watch.

An unusual flower seen was a Queen's Tears with some nice colourings. A number of poker like flowers were seen on a large succulent plant.

Queens tears.
Queens Tears.

poker flowers
There were many of these.

An older house sported a lychgate in a picket fence. Several other properties had picket fences adding a nostalgic dimension to the walk.

Lych gate & picket fence.
Lych gate & picket fences.

walker & picket fence.
Promenading past the pickets.

Nearing the end of my walk a number of noisy miners were living up to their name chasing each other and briefly landing on overhead wires and fences. They were fascinating to watch and photograph.

noisy miners in flight and perching.
Noisy miners in flight and perching

noisy miners
Having a rest

A couple of crested pigeons and Indian mynas were seen on roofs, their body language giving clues to their behaviour. A crimson rosella was also sighted.

Two crested pigeons either courting or sending a message to your WeekendNotes photographer.

Indian mynas
Not speaking.

Several magnificent Magnolia trees were observed, both in the distance or close up. Several Aloe plants were in flower as were many Hebe bushes.


Aloe flowers and hebe bush.
Aloe flowers and hebe bush.

A very colourful Iris contrasted to the stark colour of several lilies.

Iris flower.

Two lilies.

Near the end of the residential section, on the Nelson Road corner is the Lilydale Lawn Cemetery, established in the 1880s. While cemeteries are not on everyone's bucket list (unless you kick one) they are fascinating places to wander around reading some of the headstones. Probably the most interesting and historic grave is that of Dame Nellie Melba who died in 1931. Inside the gates is a map of where 26 historic graves are located. Take a photo on your phone to guide you around.

Cemetery map.
Cemetery map.

This is a great walk proving good exercise up and down the undulations and lots of flowers and birds to increase your enjoyment.

road sign
Worth finding.
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Why? A lot to see and good exercise.
When: anytime
Where: Victoria road, Lilydale. Melways map: 38. B.5.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
A fun article as well as a bit of a masterclass in photography - thanks for sharing.
by T. A. Rose (score: 2|503) 66 days ago
I love your comment that it's a "road with a split personality."
by Gayle Beveridge (score: 3|9023) 65 days ago
Ahh nice.
by 23and (score: 1|28) 66 days ago
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