Our twenty-ninth walk begins near the Burwood One Shopping Centre (Melway 61 K6). This walk is approximately 7km. The whole walk can be followed on Melway map 61, and the Route 75 tram is never far away!
From the western side of the shopping centre, follow Burwood Highway past the undercover carpark and we are already at our first stop, called Witchwood Park. This is on the corner of Burwood Highway and Witchwood Crescent. Despite its busy location it is a very pleasant green space, with a playground, a surprisingly rich tree cover (I counted 21 large trees.) and a very green grassy area to the south. There are traffic lights to cross Burwood Highway, and having done so, we head north along Holland Road. This street is a typical Burwood street, with a mix of old, new, larger and smaller housing. Throughout this walk, keep an eye west, for sightings of the city skyline. In about 10 minutes, Holland Road descends into a gully. There is a playground on the right (east) side of the road. However, here we turn left (west) along a concrete path through very pleasant linear parkland. The path gradually turns west, then north-west to finish at the corner of Eley Road and Royton Street. We will return to this corner after we check out Eley Park. Cross Eley Road into this major park, with lots of birds (I saw ducks, lorikeets, crested pigeons and ravens) and several buildings, including The Avenue Neighbourhood House (with a “street library”), and public toilets behind it. There is also a small playground on the right as you enter, and another at the top of the rise.
Once you return to the corner of Eley Road and Royton Street, walk south along Royton Street to the first street on the right, Rochdale Drive, heading west. Rochdale Drive first bends to the right, then to the left, and continues west. You will notice large developments to the west and south-west. This walk would also be interesting to repeat in the future, to see the results of all this activity. (If you like excavations, you could make a detour to the dead-end of the current Rochdale Drive to take a look. Here you will find another small playground.)
However, for our walk, we will turn left from Rochdale Drive into Oakham Avenue, heading south. This road takes us back to Burwood Highway, and, thankfully, another set of lights to assist us cross to the southern side of the highway. Turn right and walk west to the first street on the left, Crow Street. Walk south along Crow Street to the first street on the right (Lenna Street). From Lenna Street, take the first street left (Hilltop Crescent). This street bends right and takes us to Middleborough Road. Cross Middleborough Road. Then walk south and take the first street on the right, Rees Street, which bends to the left (south). Finally, take the first street on the right (Pearce Street), and in about 200m, at the end of Pearce Street, we start the Lundgren Chain Reserve Trail!!
From here, stay on the trail through this linear park as you pass through wider and narrower sections of parkland in a truly wonderful reserve. This trail runs west and there are several signposts letting you know that you are still on this trail. Take care crossing Station Street.
Sadly, the trail comes to an abrupt end near a small playground forty minutes or so from its starting point. It finishes at Cumming Street, where we turn right and head north back again to Burwood Highway. (Parking restrictions presumably show us that we are close to Deakin University.) Once you reach Burwood Highway, you can turn right (east) and access the underpass to tram stop 63, where the tram can return you to the start of the walk (stop 70).
If you wish, you can also cross to the northern side of Burwood Highway and visit Bennettswood Reserve (to the west of Deakin University), an attractive large reserve on the banks of Gardiners Creek. There is a toilet at the entrance to the pavilion.