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Wattle Valley Road, Mt. Evelyn

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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 May 9th 2022
Be afraid, very afraid
You could almost feel unwelcome walking along this road, but only if you jump fences.

Dangerous dog sign
Be afraid, very afraid.

This no-through sealed narrow road is almost country as it meanders for 1.1 kms. The road ends at a couple of properties overlooking green pastures to distant trees. On my walk, there was smoke in the distance and the aromatic aroma of burning gum leaves permeated the air.

End of the road.
End of the road. Enjoy the sights and smells of the country.

The properties were large and as such most houses were well back from the road with no formal gardens and little floral exhibits on the fence line. A nice display of white roses was one.

roses
White roses.

The area between the kerb and fence line was heavily vegetated for much of the road and supplied some interesting flora.

Narrow road.
Narrow road.

A cluster pine was one example when closely inspected. Some verge areas were overgrown which often means blackberries. The ones I saw were at the red stage. A cypress tree displayed many nuts which are also interesting when closely inspected.

Cluster pine.
Cluster pine.


Red blackberries & cypress nuts.
Red blackberries & cypress nuts.

All was not lost flower wise as at the beginning of Wattle Valley Road are several normal size blocks with small front gardens and flowers. A nice camellia displayed many blossoms and many plumbago vines added a little colour. Surprisingly not one wattle tree was sighted.

camellia tree.
Camellia tree.


Plumbago
Plumbago bush.

Despite the rural aspect, not many birds were seen. Several magpies, one crimson rosella, a wattlebird and several blackbirds were the only avian sightings.

birds
All the birds seen.

A reminder of the rural setting of most of Wattle Valley Road was a variety of fences, with some being past relicts.

Rural fences.
Modern rural fences.


old fences.
Old rural fences.

A bright flower roadside was a brilliant red hot poker contrasting with a dull example of a wild watsonia, not at the flowering stage. Two unidentified plants looked nice. Some colourful fungi added a little more colour.

red hot poker
Roadside red hot poker & wild watsonia.


fungi
Roadside fungi.


bushes.
Unidentified, but nice.

There was a nice contrast between several autumn trees and an evergreen gum tree.

Autumn colours.
Deciduous & evergreen.


Many dogs were on properties, many seen and barking at anyone walking past.

Dogs
They all barked at me.

In such areas animals were expected to be seen. Mostly distantly seen were several llamas and sheep. All having large paddocks to roam.

Llamas and sheep.
Llamas and sheep.

A few of the large properties had some landscaped large front yards and long driveways. Garden lamps were seen on gate posts on some of these driveways. One entrance had a large display of very small daisies.

Road and driveway.
Narrow road and long driveway.


Garden lamps.
Garden lamps.


daisies
Daisies.

Several boxes were observed and photographed. Bird feeding boxes, nesting boxes and a mailbox.

boxes
Little boxes.. little boxes.....

The road has many shallow bends and an occasional gate can be interesting. A rusty car has been a long-time resident as has a tricycle.

gate
Another view of Wattle Valley Road and gate décor.

Rusty car and garden tricycle.
Rusty car and garden tricycle.


There are no footpaths, but being a no through road, traffic is minimal, so enjoy a country walk without getting your shoes dirty.

Street sign
Where you see it all.

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Why? A country walk almost in suburbia.
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Where: Wattle Valley Road, Mt. Evelyn.
Cost: Free
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