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Vinter Avenue, 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 12th 2021
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This no through road starts at Bayswater Road and ends about 700 metres later at the Tarralla Creek Trail.

Vinter Avenue.
Vinter Avenue.

The Melbourne Water O'Shannassy Pipe Line reserve crosses Bayswater Road at the start of Vinter Avenue.
Grassy walk.
The O'Shannassy Pipe Line Trail.

Being spring, every garden exhibited flowers; some exotic, and some common. One of each are a giant squill and an agapanthus. Another example is a cape province pygmy weed and a hebe bush.

Squill & agapanthus.
Squill & agapanthus plants.

Cape province pygmy weed & hebe.
Cape province pygmy weed & hebe.

Many birds were about, including a magpie which must have been an early riser, judging by the numbers of worms they had caught, but the mudlark looked empty beaked.

magpie & mud lark.
The early bird and a late one.

A low growing bush with numerous daisy-like flowers was from the aster genus. A high growing bush full of bright yellow bloom was a broom. Grevilleas were evident with their colourful spider-like flowers.

Aster plant and broom tree.
Aster plant and broom tree.


The morning flag iris has a subtle blue colouring with its yellow stamen. A white and a pink azalea bush added to the beauty of this walk. The lilac hibiscus and a magnolia flower demonstrates the beauty of closely inspecting individual blooms.

Morning flag iris and azaleas.
Morning flag iris and azaleas.

Hibiscus and magnolia.
Hibiscus and magnolia. Close inspection is rewarding.

A couple of nice garden beds were evident, including one with a recycled wheelbarrow. A windmill and two metal butterflies adorned another garden.

Garden beds.
Garden beds.

windmill & butterflies.
Windmill & butterflies.

Not always seen, the introduced pest, aka, the Indian myna sometimes appear in numbers, normally, but not always, perch on far away roofs.

Indian mynas
Indian mynas.

A few walkers were about, exercising with their canine friends, often passing some interesting fences.


It can get busy.

A four-legged furry animal was noticed in the distance appearing to be grazing on grass. It was a dog, giving a good impression of being a sheep.

dog grazing.
The grazing dog.

Only one rose and one pride of madeira bush were seen as were a marmalade plant and a bird of paradise.

Rose and pride of madeira.
Rose and pride of madeira.

Marmalade bush and bird of paradise.
Marmalade bush and bird of paradise.

Crows often make their presence known by their loud calls, urging my camera to point at them. Other birds seen were a spotted dove, a red wattlebird and a pair of wood ducks.

Crows can be interesting to watch.

three birds
Spotted dove, red wattle bird and two wood ducks.

At the end of Vinter Avenue is the Tarralla Creek and the Tarralla Creek Trail. This is an easy level walk on both sides of the creek and some former wetland areas are being re-developed and should be an asset to the area when completed.

Tarralla Creek and trail.
Tarralla Creek and trail.

A happy looking Essendon statue stood guard near a front door. A birdbath was nearby and it's surprising what is left out on hard rubbish collection periods.

Footballer, bird bath and rubbish.
Footballer, bird bath and rubbish.

Not many daisies on this avenue but an impatiens ground cover and several geraniums added colour.

A bush full of daisies.

impatiens and geranium.
Impatiens and geranium.

An easy walk with another one at the end.

Street sign
The start of something good.
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Why? Another walk at the end.
When: Anytime
Where: Vinter Avenue, Croydon. Melways map: 50. H.6.
Cost: Free
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