Our first surprise is that many of the Burwood Village shops are technically in Camberwell or Glen Iris, but I suspect that few people would think of them that way. We begin our walk by going south down Warrigal Road on the western (city) side of the road, noting that the Burwood Neighbourhood House (The Bulletin’s distribution centre) is just across the road, in Church Street. After five minutes, we reach the tennis courts associated with the beautiful Burwood Reserve, which also has a playing field, a war memorial, a playground, a public toilet and lots of seating. It is well worth your while to explore it (and escape noisy Warrigal Road). The best entry and exit point is the one near the war memorial. As we continue down Warrigal Road, look out for the very fine tall eucalypts. I crossed to the Burwood side of Warrigal Road at the pedestrian lights at Delmont Hospital/Elizabeth Gardens. Here there are fine views all over Burwood and even to the Dandenong Ranges.
This walk began life as an idea – that we walk the boundaries of the Burwood postcode 3125
Many postcodes have very obvious boundaries. For example, Mount Waverley (3149) is a rectangle of four roads – Highbury Road, Blackburn Road, Ferntree Gully Road and Huntingdale Road. However, Burwood is more complex. So, I thought that we could walk (as nearly as convenient) where its boundaries are in fact located. However, when I measured the length of the walk, it came to at least 14km, so I have divided the “exploration of Burwood’s boundaries” into two walks. This walk will explore the southern half of Burwood 3125. So, our thirtieth walk begins right at the centre of Burwood Village at the corner of Burwood Highway (Toorak Road) and Warrigal Road (Melway 60 H6). This walk is approximately 7km.
Continue walking south and after another five minutes, turn left into Carlyle Street, leaving Warrigal Road for one of the much quieter streets of Burwood. As we stroll gently downhill, enjoy looking at the fruit trees, flowers, magpies, etc. There is an interesting mix of older and newer homes. (We are technically in Ashwood, but only just.) At the end of Carlyle Street, turn left, and walk north, passing Haig Street, turning into the second street on the right (Zodiac Street), which at the end leads us across a channel (Gardiners Creek) to a north/south trail and a nice playground.
Walk north along the trail, watching out for cyclists. After about five minutes, take a right hand gravel trail, leading north-east from the main trail (on the opposite side of a wetland area), and look out for birds along this quieter trail. We come to a sign (Ashwood Drive 0.1km) which we follow to Ashwood Drive. Here we leave the reserve, going east following Ashwood Drive, slightly uphill, past Chandler Grove and Silver Ash Avenue, and after about 20 minutes finish at Montpellier Road. Here we turn right (slightly uphill) into Montpellier Road, walking south past the Montpellier Gardens Estate.
Continue downhill beside Ashwood School to Arthur Street (an east-west street). Near the corner of Montpellier Road and Arthur Street, there are several Burwood 3125 (part 1) shops (60, K9), some of which sell food, coffee, etc. Walk east along Arthur Street, firstly passing a delightful playground/picnic area which connects Arthur Street to the Montpellier Gardens Estate. Walk through this small park, and then in an easterly direction through Montpellier Gardens Estate, along streets and walkways to reach Huntingdale Road in about 20 minutes. (The route I took was Prescott Close, Brockhoff Drive, Bauer Court, park path crossing Burbidge Court to Mueller Court, then slightly uphill to Huntingdale Road). Street signage in this estate is very good.
The main west-to-east street in Montpellier Gardens is Brockhoff Drive, which reminds us that this estate was the old Brockhoff Biscuit Factory, and many locals enjoyed the smell of freshly baked biscuits. Yum! Once you reach Huntingdale Road, turn left (with some Burwood houses and businesses beside you), walking north. When you reach Highbury Road, cross at the lights into Gillard Street, continuing north to Burwood Highway, still inside the 3125 postcode on both sides of the street (also known as Bennettswood). This street has an underpass to lead you to tram stop 63, from where you can take a city bound tram back to our starting point (tram stop 58).