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Williams Road, Park Orchards

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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 18th 2021
Look for the Victorian flag
Park Orchards is an outer eastern leafy suburb of Melbourne, although walking along Williams Road, you would be forgiven if you thought you were in the country.

Williams Road.
Williams Road.

The housing blocks are huge, wide and deep, so much so that many houses are not visible from the road due to flora and winding driveways.

Williams Road.
Williams Road.

High fences and wrought iron gates are the norm.

Wrought iron gates and winding driveways.

Most flora are trees and bushes with very few individual flowers. There are no footpaths and trees and shrubs grow almost to the road's edge. In parts, a gravel path winds its way through this growth.

It's almost like walking through a tunnel.

Several grevillea bushes did add a splash of colour occasionally with a pink hebe bush with more subtle hues.


hebe bush
Hebe bush.

Despite the huge amount of verdant foliage, few birds were seen. Only one magpie, one common bronze wing pigeon and several spotted doves.

Magpie, bronze wing pigeon and spotted dove.

Being large blocks, a few had large visible front yards. Several flags flew from flagpoles, including one flying a Victorian flag. Several had garden lamps with one being accompanied with a metal flamingo type bird.

Victorian flag & lamp.
Victorian flag, garden lamp and metal bird.

With many open type fences, the escape path for plants was easy. A slender vervain took advantage and appeared to flourish with its newfound freedom. Many of the high wrought-iron fences displayed overhanging bushes, some flowering.

Slender vervain.
Slender vervain creeper.

Many jasmine plants were in flower, but not all seen. A geranium and periwinkle were easily seen, as was a distant clump of clivias.

Jasmine flowers.

geraniums & periwinkle.
Geraniums and periwinkle.


A future Christmas tree grew in the middle of one lawn and a medium height pine tree was silhouetted against the sky.

pine tree.
A future Christmas tree.

pine tree.
Pine tree silhouette.

Evidence of more mature pine trees were two green pine cones lying on a bed of pine needles. One of the few open front gardens played host to a bunch of mushrooms.

Mushrooms & pine cones.
Mushrooms & pine cones.

A number of walkers were about, some with dogs, all having to share the road with cars.

Sharing the road.

Toy bears are often seen attached to tree trunks, but a fluffy doggy with its long ears quietly watched all who passed.

Toy dog.
Its bark is worse than its bite.

A fine display of rhododendrons was seen at the entrance to one driveway. A colourful display of pansies adorned a planter mailbox.


More rhododendrons.

mail planter box.
Pansies in a post box planter.

Williams Road is almost a country walk and demonstrates what a healthy bank account can achieve.

Street sign
Worth the walk.
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Why? Almost a Country Walk.
When: Anytime
Where: Williams Road, Park Orchards. Melway map: 49. J.1.
Cost: Free
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