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William Morris Reserve

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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 June 24th 2020
More of a wander than a walk
This is a genuine suburban bushland reserve. It is a heavily timbered area with old and new growth trees and bushes.

dense bush
Dense bush covers most of the reserve.

The area is flat and the main paths are compacted gravel and would be suitable for wheelchair-bound aspirants. There are narrower paths through some of the areas that would be unsuitable. Most of the bush is inaccessible path wise.

wide path.
Most of the paths are wide.

For the first five minutes of my walk, I was subjected to the noisy antics of several Currawongs flying above the treetops, before settling on the branches of a long dead tree. They were the only birds sighted or heard.

birds in tree
A tree full of Currawongs.

Signs at the entrance indicate that it is an on-leash area for dogs, but some websites say it is an off-leash area. Play safe and keep Fido on the lead.

reserve sign
The sign on Harold Street.

The only wildflower seen was a beautiful stalk of white heath, which really stood out on this dull day. No doubt in spring the bush will come alive with wildflowers, making another visit imperative.

white heath.
A single stand of heath.

A tall shrub was just starting to blossom with its lemon-coloured blooms. Another tall shrub was displaying several clusters of white blooms.

The lemon coloured blossoms.

white flowers.
The white ones.

A very pleasant surprise was several small colonies of Nodding Greenhood orchids. These are easy to miss as they are not tall and being green tend to blend into their surroundings. By getting down to their level, their true beauty is revealed.

nodding greenhood orchid.
Nodding Greenhood orchid.

Without the distraction of colourful wildflowers, other flora catches the eye. Native grasses are always attractive when closely inspected.

native grasses
These were numerous.

native grass
More native grasses.

Many long fallen trees are home to a variety of mosses and damp ground areas are also home to these green plants.

Very verdant.

What really catches the eye are orange fungi, visible from a distance, adding a real splash of colour on the dullest of days.

Shows up like a beacon.

Like many suburban parks and reserves, they are surrounded by housing and many of these houses have a gate in their back fence, to enable the inhabitants to enjoy the bush, literally on their doorstep.

green bush branch
Not colourful, but interesting.

young bush
New growth.

Access to the reserve is available from two other streets and at the Garston Court entrance is a small playground.

The small playground.

The main entrance is from Harold Street where there is a dedicated parking lane.

To navigate all the main paths would be less than a kilometre, perhaps not suitable for an exercise workout, but to slow down and observe what is on offer, you will be rewarded.
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Why? A good introduction to the bush without going there.
When: Anytime
Where: Harold Street, Wantirna. Melways map: 63. F.7.
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Thank you for this information -it sounds like a wonderful reserve . My one complaint is that you do not clearly state the address of this park and other places of interest to visit. It is very frustrating, May I suggest that you state the address of the places you are promoting at the start of the article. Thank you.
by larys (score: 0|4) 392 days ago
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