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Start Griffiths walking track at Barren Grounds picnic area and before you know it, you'll be standing at Illawarra lookout taking in the spectacular views. Your journey then takes you through the diverse vegetation of Barren Grounds - heathland, woodland, rainforest. In spring, you'll be treated to the vibrant display of wildflowers, and in winter, large yellow swamp banksias in bloom. On the heath, you're most likely to come across honeyeaters and southern emu wrens. And, if you're lucky, you might even spot a ground parrot or bristlebird.
The walk continues across to the dramatic cliffs lining Kangaroo Valley, with view of the coastline beyond. Then, after a climb up to Saddleback Trig, it's time to take a break, enjoy the surrounding views and a snack. From there, the track continues to one of the highlights of this walk, a lovely naturally formed stone bridge across Lamonds Creek. After crossing the bridge, continue along the trail back to Barren Grounds picnic area.
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.
Griffiths 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 1kmGriffiths walking track starts from Barren Grounds picnic area at the end of the road Parking Parking is available at Barren Grounds picnic area.
It's a good idea to put sunscreen on before you set out and remember to take a hat
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch
There is no drinking water available in this area, so it's a good idea to bring your own.
The weather in this area can be extreme and unpredictable, so please ensure you're well-prepared for your visit.
The walking opportunities in this park are suitable for experienced bushwalkers who are comfortable undertaking self-reliant hiking
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.