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Set among bloodwood and silvertop ash trees, Barren Grounds picnic area is a secluded spot away from the crowds. It makes a great day trip for the family or a scenic stop on your drive through Jamberoo Pass.

Spend the afternoon here and enjoy this peaceful setting. Spread out your lunch on one of the picnic tables and listen to the sounds of the bush coming to life, with wallabies passing in the distance and birds darting about overhead.

Feeling energetic or just want to explore some more? Why not go on one of the many walks that start here? Whether you want to wander in the bush for an hour or half a day, there’s something for everyone. Take a short stroll along Illawarra lookout walking track for dramatic views or spend a few hours in the rich heathlands of Barren Grounds Nature Reserve on either Cooks Nose walking track or Griffiths walking track.


Disabled access available, contact operator for details.


  • Carpark
  • Picnic Area
  • Non Smoking