For the final day of 2016, we visited Blackboy Ridge, off Chittering Road in the Chittering Valley. The area is a beautiful section of bush with a walk trail up to a lookout and picnic facilities and toilets at the start of the trail. We were lucky with the weather – a gorgeous 27 degree day with light winds. What better way to celebrate the end of the year?
The walk is steep in sections, with some loose rocks and it may be extra slippery in the wet but there are plenty of spots to pause and take in the view along the way. The view at the summit is grand and a good spot for photography. We visited in summer, but it would be a lovely place to visit during wildflower season.
Afterwards, we ate lunch at the picnic area. It is a stunning site to enjoy lunch, with plenty of shade and birdlife to keep you company. Of course, if you don’t want to stop to eat, the Bindoon Bakehaus is only a short drive further up Great Northern Highway, which is well worth a visit.
It is a shame that camping is not allowed as this would be a lovely spot to stay longer, even as an overnight area. Caravanners: just before the turn off is a gravel section off the road, perfect for parking, rather than driving in.
We were the only visitors and the site seems to be a well-kept secret, free from litter or vandalism. Whilst the walk is not especially challenging for seasoned bushwalkers, it’s still a pleasant hike for those who want to enjoy the bush and the beautiful valley.