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Wandana Crescent, Mooroolbark

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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 11th 2020
Wander along 'The Wandanas'
Wandana Crescent is just over one km - almost. Running off Bellara Drive, Wandana Crescent heads north, while Wandana Street heads south, combined they cover just over one km.

The intersection of Bellara Drive and the Wandanas.

Street sign
Street to the left and crescent to the right.

It is a well-established area with well-established gardens giving many mature trees, in gardens and along nature strips.

Well established garden.

Well kept feature.

Many of the houses have something you don't see in new estates, and that is a front fence. Wandana Crescent and Street have many of those and often garden plants have escaped through the fence to add something to a plain fence. A few even had an old fashioned picket fence.

Fence and flowers
The escapee.

Bird of paradise
Bird of Paradise.

A large variety of flowers were evident in most gardens, giving an almost constant splash of colour.

These stood out.

mass of flowers
Mass enjoyment.

As with most suburban walks, some unusual flowers added extra enjoyment to the walk.

Most unusual.


Letterboxes can often be a blot on the landscape, but many residents incorporate them into their garden

letter box
It's surrounded.

Grevilleas are always attractive.

bottle brush
Many of these were street plantings.

A walk along suburban streets often throw up some surprises and this walk revealed three. The first one that I saw was three tree hangings made from wool over a frame.

tree hangings
Tree art.

new growth.
New growth.

Becoming very popular these days are spoon faces. Wandana Crescent has a beauty, named Spoonville Mooroolbark. It has about 100 brightly painted and decorated wooden spoons. There is also a supply of bare wooden spoons with an invitation to take one or bring your own.

spoon faces
No social distancing here.

Next to Spoonville is the Spoonville Zoo. Many wooden cutouts of various animals, all painted and decorated. There is a small box of bare animal cut-outs with a notice to take one, decorate it and bring it back to the zoo.

toy zoo
Spoonville Zoo.

The third surprise was mother and father ducks with twelve offspring wandering across the road and the footpath and looking for a feed in a front garden. On my approach to the ducks, one aggressively approached me, with beak agape, suggesting I go away.

group of ducks
A duck family outing.

Go away.

A bonus to this walk is passing the Wandana Reserve.

reserve sign
Wandana Reserve with playground at left.

It makes a worthwhile diversion. It is not a large reserve, but it contains a playground and two reed-filled ponds, which is home to the ducks I previously encountered. Frogs were heard coming from one pond, but not seen.

There is a well-formed wide and level gravel path around the reserve with the occasional seat to admire the surroundings.

having a rest
Having a rest.

Wheelchairs would find it easy going. If you Google, "Weekend Notes Wandana Reserve" you will find an article just on the reserve.

Pushing the pusher.

My walk was on a weekday, so I only saw two people walking the Crescent, but more were enjoying the reserve and playground.

Lone walker.

I saw more birds than humans on this walk. Magpies were the most numerous, who seemed to be most interested in the ducks, except for the one who had found lunch.

Why did the magpie cross the road?

A currawong was finding something to eat on a front lawn, while a spotted dove watched from overhead.

Currawong on grass.

spotted dove
The spotted dove spotted.

A couple of galahs arrived at the reserve and one kindly perched on overhead wires, giving my camera a clear shot. A rainbow lorikeet was heard in a nearby tree.

rainbow lorikeet
Rainbow lorikeet in tree - a splash of colour.

It is a most interesting street walk with lots to see, with the added attraction of a park walk.
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Where: Wandana Cr. Mooroolbark. Melway map: 37. E.9 to G.8.
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Your Comment
Hi Neil, thank you for the lovely wildlife photos. I hope the ducks survive cats and foxes. Wooden spoon makers must be making a fortune . Are there any left for using in the kitchen. ? Enjoy your walks .
by junea (score: 1|96) 15 days ago
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