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(Barren Grounds Nature Reserve)
Report on the Forest walk near Berry
2 April 2005


Group preparing to start

Uphill track


Termite mound

Heathland on the plateau

View from Drawing Room Rocks

View over Shoalhaven

Kangaroo Valley

Walk leader and son

Sun bathing

Sun bathing II


Original signs

Escarpment view

OFFS members at the top


After the stragglers (the trip leader slept in!) arrived at Apex Park in Berry on a beautiful Saturday morning, a procession of Outbacks (the preferred OFF car?) meandered up the steep 8 kilometre drive to the beginning of the day's walk.

The seventeen members then continued to climb on foot up the track to Drawing Room Rocks.

There were many stops along the way to admire the bush and the magnificent views and to allow re-grouping and drawing of breath.

The bush changed from eucalypt forest with many lichen and orchid covered rocks to heath at the top.

The views ranged from vistas down along Brogers Creek to the Kangaroo River valley in the distance to magnificent views up and down the coast from the top of the escarpment. From here you could see as far south as Pigeon House, south east to Jervis Bay and Nowra and north to Gerroa.

The Drawing Room Rocks consist of weathered sandstone, which has left a patchwork of flat rocks resembling tables and chairs.

While relaxing in this "drawing room", and studying the resident lizards (land mullets?), our quick-witted president Jan answered the question of what you call a group of lizards - a lounge of lizards!

After a tranquil lunch, the group then proceeded back down the track to the cars.

Along the way, the location of a "secret" track across to the main part of Barren Grounds was investigated; perhaps another walk in future?

Graham Lalchere

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