Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, NSW

This short but steep track provides easy access to extensive views of the NSW South Coast near Berry. Except not on the day we did it.

Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

Drawing Room Rocks are furniture shaped rock formations 600m up on the escarpment west of Berry on the NSW South Coast. The approximately 30 minute walk to the top is worth it for extensive views to the coast, only when we did it an odd sea mist closed in just as we ascended, so at the top we could see nothing. But it made for atmospheric walking nevertheless. A good option for stretching your legs on a drive further down the South Coast.

Track Notes

This walk is in Take a Walk in Southern NSW & the ACT, and Best Bush Coast and Village Walks of the Shoalhaven, and also described on the Berry website. Once you’ve found the start you can’t really get lost, and estimates of 2.5-3 hours return are just crazy talk; it’ll take the average walker 1-1.5 hours.

The Scenery

Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds NR
The walk starts in rainforest.
Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
The sea mist closed in quickly.

Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Sophia sitting on some of the drawing room rocks. Behind her is where the extensive views should have been.
Drawing Room Rocks Track, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
You can look up the clear day views on the internet, and they are nice, but I think this shot is more interesting.

Author: Edward Hathway

I'm a clinical psychologist and keen hiker.

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