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Woodland Park

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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 December 10th 2019
Cockatoo vs Miners
This unsigned park was quite a find. Big enough for a gentle walk, but not big enough to get lost in.

It is mainly bushland with several wide gravel paths throughout. They would be suitable for wheelchairs and the mobility challenged would find it easy going.
three bush paths
Left, right or centre, take your pick.

My visit was in early summer and a few wildflowers were evident, mostly bush type rather than individual single stalk varieties.

Cassinia bush
The Cassinia bush always looks spectacular.


olearia bush
The flowering Olearia bush.

Many appeared to have been planted rather than growing wild.

kangaroo apple bush
A kangaroo apple bush.


kangaroo apple flower
Kangaroo apple bush flower.


yellow flower
There were many of these.

It is a very quiet area despite being bordered by suburbia, as all paths are well away from habitation.

Noisy miner
Noisy miner.

The quietness was suddenly broken by the screeching of two sulphur-crested cockatoos being pursued by several very noisy miners. Even after the cockatoos retreated to trees, the miners still harassed them.

Cockatoo under attack.
Cockatoo under attack.

This is a common scenario, but I wonder why such a large bird as a cockatoo can be intimidated by a relatively small noisy miner. Maybe the miner's bite is worse than its bark.

Cockatoo under attack.
More harassment.

However such action does present some good photo opportunities.

cockatoo & noisy miner.
Cockatoo & noisy miner eyeing each other off.

A lone kookaburra was heard before sighting it sitting in a gum tree.

kookaburra
Just sitting.

Another kookaburra sighting was what appeared to be a junior kookaburra sitting high up upon a branch pretending it hasn't seen me.

kookaburra
A juvenile kookaburra.


Victorian Christmas Bush
A Victorian Christmas Bush in flower.

At the northern end of the park, next to Azarow Court is a small playground with a small shelter and a BBQ.

Play ground
The play ground, BBQ, shelter and benches.

The only other facility in the park are several park benches in a grassy area adjacent to the playground. Next to the playground is a large, mainly grassed, fenced area which appears to be a retaining basin. It would be a good off-leash area for doggie exercise.

flowering gum
A gum tree was bursting into flower.

Like most suburban parks it can be accessed from several surrounding streets. Central Avenue is a no through road, but it is the easiest way to reach Woodland Park, as all the other surrounding streets are a maze of no through roads.

Pathway
One of the wide flat paths.

It is popular with local residents to walk their dogs, several of which I encountered.

Dog walker.
The dog walkers come...


Dog walker.
... and they go.

Walking all the paths would only add up to just over a kilometre, but it would be a most interesting kilometre.
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Why? It's a good short walk.
When: anytime
Where: Central Avenue, Croydon South. Melways map: 50. J. 9.
Cost: free
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