Saint Valentines Peak.
How to get there: From Burnie take Mount Road to Ridgley and continue a further 15 km to the junction with Upper Natone Road. Turn left here and drive another 1.7 km before turning right onto Kara road for another 6 km. just before you reach the gates of the mining side turn left onto s small road towards the car park which is the end of the road.
The walk: 8 km return, about 5 hours. If you want to buy a map, you will need to buy Hellyer or Inglis. Scale: 1:100 000
The walk starts at the car park and down through a small rain forest. The track takes you to a small river and shelter wher you will find a log book. You have to cross the river over a log and balance yourself holding onto the rope. After you manage to get yourself across with dry feet the track continues slowly uphill. You will cross Three area's over duck boards and through button grasses. Some sections further down the track need some work with the brush cutter but at the moment you can walk around it or squeeze your self through the bushes. This small track takes you to a 4 wheel drive track which takes you about 700 meter up the road to a sign which warns you of the conditions of the track and experience bush walkers only. Which I can understand. Especially when it's snowing or icy conditions on the mountain in Winter time. From this point the track slowly winds it's way up. But I must say that we started to feel our legs when the track we came closer to the top. It became steeper until suddenly we reached the conglomerate outcrop above the tree line and were able to take in some views. From here onwards it's still about half an hour climbing until you walk along the ridge. You can take a small path to the left which takes you to the First peak or keep following the path to the right which takes you to the helicopter platform and communication tower. The highest of the Three ridges. A fantastic walk especially on a clear day, but care is required on the top, especially with windy and slippery conditions. The views are breathtaking in almost all directions.
article published 4/15/2012