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Published April 22nd 2017
One festive-filled day, we made our way through Jamberoo to Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. The National Parks Association was running a walk on Easter Sunday and those of us who were game, made the trip on the empty roads to do the 8-kilometre walk.
So where is Barren Grounds Nature Reserve? Have you ever taken a drive through Jamberoo to get to Kangaroo Valley? Well, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is situated at the top (or almost top) of Jamberoo Mountain Road. Yes, it is well after Jamberoo Action Park.
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is a picnic ground and is east of Budderoo National Park, so think Carrington Falls. The picnic ground has scattered tables and a toilet with limited parking. There are a few walks you can do from this picnic ground.
We did the Griffiths Trail Loop which incorporates the short walk to Illawarra Lookout (2 kilometres return). The walk is quite an easy walk on a wide gravel path, which I think is a fire trail.
The first stop is the Illawarra Lookout. On this particular day there was a haze but you could make out the Steelworks in Port Kembla.
We moved on to Saddleback Trigg which was a large opening with a few different walk options. We went right but stopped for a break to check out the man-made lookout where you could see north and south as far as the eye can see. We think we were looking as far as Gerroa.
Soon after picking back up from our break we saw a black snake (sorry no photos or name). We moved on along and hit a soggy track. We continued to the right the whole time and avoided the 12-kilometre Kangaroo Ridge Trail which takes you to Berry. Before long, we were enjoying lunch at Stone Bridge, a nice quiet waterhole.
After half an hour or so, we continued our walk and 3 hours and 20 minutes later we were back at the car.