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Cooks Nose walking track is a 8km, grade 3 Return hike located in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, NSW. The hike should take approximately 3hrs to complete.
The walking track out to Cooks Nose is well-marked and steep in places, but the views at the end are simply spectacular. The track wanders through open expanses of heathland, which burst with colour in spring when the wildflowers are out. The brightly coloured red and yellow Christmas bells are a special treat on this walk.
There are also plenty of birdwatching opportunities. You might see eagles riding the thermal air currents above Kangaroo Valley or a group of black cockatoos. But keep a special eye out for threatened heathland birds like the striated fieldwren, eastern bristlebird and ground parrot.
Relax for a while, take in the views looking out from the top of the escarpment, or head back to Barren Grounds picnic area or nearby Robertson for a warm lunch.
About the Region
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve in the South Coast region
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
9am to 5pm daily. Closed Christmas Day.
Cooks Nose walking track is at the northern end of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve. To get there:Continue on the road from the reserve entrance for approximately 1kmCooks Nose walking track starts from Barren Grounds picnic area Parking Parking is available at Barren Grounds picnic area
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you’re well-prepared for your visit.
There is limited/no mobile reception in this park
Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.
The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.