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Yarra Valley Boulevard, Chirnside 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 November 9th 2020
It's a Champagne Walk
Yarra Valley Boulevard begins at a roundabout on Black Springs Road.

street scene
The start of Yarra Valley Boulevard.

It is gently undulating, but not too steep for wheelchairs. Like many modern subdivisions, there is only a footpath on one side.

Street sign
Our location.

Almost every house on the west side has a front fence. Most unusual in new estates but because they are on the high side of the street, the fences act as retaining walls. The steeper blocks have allowed terracing, an added attraction to many gardens.

mass of red flowers
A bush full of red flowers.

Colourful flowers seem to dominate almost every garden, making for a pleasant walk.

red flowers

yellow flowers
Yellow beauty.

A small pleasure in passing one garden was the aroma of roses wafting in the air, most unusual these days with roses usually grown for their colour.

Very nice.

red roses
Red roses.

Apart from a pair of spotted doves atop a roof, all the other birds seen were on the ground fossicking for food.

spotted doves
A pair of spotted doves.

Bird of paradise
A different type of bird.

A blackbird was the only successful hunter I saw. The blackbird is an introduced species and said to be very common but on all my street walks have only seen a few.

Blackbird with worm.

flowering bush
Many petals.

A European starling and a mudlark were the others seen. The starling is also an introduced species.

european starling.
European starling.


Some gardens are well established with large bushes filled with flowers, blending into each other.

flowering bush
Red and pink.

flowering bush
Many colours.

flowering bush
Purple and white.

Dense plantings of individual specimens look sensational, giving the impression of a carpet of colour.

mass of flowers
A mass planting.

I spied two white butterflies flittering around a patch of lavender, only stopping on each stalk for about a second. With a little anticipation, I managed to get a nice photo of one of them.

butterfly on lavender.
Butterfly on lavender.

red flowers
Red on green.

An enjoyment of a street walk is seeing something a little different. A pair of double-jointed white metal gates took my eye as did a horse and cart garden ornament.

garden gates
The double-jointed gates.

horse and cart garden ornament
The horse and cart among the foliage.

The boulevard is only .8 km. in length and I saw no foot traffic during my two way walk. I was greeted at one house by a friendly dog, minus its owner.

My canine friend.

My walk was on a hot day, but it was quite pleasant with the grown, closely-spaced street trees offering almost continuous shade. A gentle breeze made for a very pleasant walk.

Perfect protea.

Yarra Valley Boulevard is a no through road and has five short streets running off it, all with a wine theme. They are The Vines, Vintage Grove, Chardonnay Grove, Domaine Grove and Champagne Rise.

Street sign
Side street sign.

Yarra Valley Boulevard ends just after Champagne Rise where I was looking forward to the return walk, having seen some beautiful gardens on the other side of the street.

Street sign
Looking along Champagne Rise.

For those who like gentle exercise and a flora experience, street walks give you the best of two worlds.
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Why? Another street walk, but they are all different.
When: anytime
Where: Yarra Yarra Valley Boulevard, Chirnside Park.
Cost: Free
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