Barren Grounds Nature Reserve


... NSW ...

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NSW, National Parks and Wildlife Service:

8 km return
3 hrs

Cooks Nose

Stroll through the park's rich heathlands on Cooks Nose walking track and you’ll be rewarded with striking scenic views from the escarpment overlooking Kangaroo Valley.

2.8 km return
90 mins

Drawing Room Rocks

Drawing Room Rocks is a natural rock feature near Berry on the edge of the Illawarra escarpment, offering extensive views over Kangaroo Valley and Berry. A relatively short walk that rewards with amazing views!

5 km return
2.5 hrs

Flying Fox Pass

It is the site of a former flying fox cablecar which lifted valuable timber from the valley to be transported by road and rail systems.

8 km return
4 hrs

Griffiths Loop

Escape from the city and get back to nature on Griffiths walking track, offering outstanding views, great bushwalking and amazing birdwatching opportunities.

1 km return
1 hr

Illawarra Lookout

Don’t have much time, but want to discover the wonders of this fragile environment? A walk to Illawarra lookout is a must, with spectacular views, colourful spring wildflowers and amazing birdlife.

Starting from Barren Grounds picnic area, this short trail moves along an undulating path through woodland and heath. Before you know it, you’ll arrive at Illawarra lookout, perched on the edge of the escarpment looking down across the hinterland, rolling green hills, and the stunning coastline.

Breathe in the fresh air, take in the spectacular views, then wander back to the picnic area for a relaxing lunch and a hot cuppa.

Along the way, you might spot an echidna waddling across the track, and you’re bound to see an abundance of birdlife. You'll be walking through the prime habitat of ground parrots and eastern bristlebirds, so keep an eye out for these threatened birds.

19 km return
6 hrs

Kangaroo Ridge

This walk takes you through heath land with a large variety of flora and fauna. The end has a spectacular view. Only if you sneak through the bushes. A safe seat to sit on would have been great.