Barren Grounds Nature Reserve

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Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)
Drawing Room Rocks
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is located in New South Wales
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Barren Grounds Nature Reserve
Coordinates34°41′S 150°43′E / 34.683°S 150.717°E / -34.683; 150.717Coordinates: 34°41′S 150°43′E / 34.683°S 150.717°E / -34.683; 150.717
Area20 km2 (7.7 sq mi)
Managing authoritiesNSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
WebsiteBarren Grounds Nature Reserve
See alsoProtected areas of
New South Wales

The Barren Grounds Nature Reserve is a protected nature park located in the Southern Highlands region of New South Wales, Australia. The 2,024-hectare (5,000-acre) reserve is situated east of Budderoo National Park, and west of the city of Kiama.[1] The reserve can also be accessed from the south, via a local road and a bush walk from the town of Berry. It is not far from the Nameless Sylvan Reserve owned by Bush Heritage Australia.

The nature reserve has several good lookouts that offer fine views of the coast. Interesting rock formations can be seen at Drawing Room Rocks, a geological feature in the southern part of the reserve. The former Barren Grounds Bird Observatory is located in the park.


The reserve is part of the 7,334-hectare (18,120-acre) Budderoo and Barren Grounds Important Bird Area which contains large numbers of endangered eastern bristlebirds, as well as smaller numbers of pilotbirds and rockwarblers, in a mosaic of sandstone heath and eucalypt woodland habitats.[2]

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  1. ^ Budderoo National Park, Macquarie Pass National Park, Barren Grounds Nature Reserve and Robertson Nature Reserve plan of management (PDF) (Report). New South Wales National Parks and Wildlife Service. October 1998. ISBN 0-7310-7654-0. Retrieved 3 February 2012.
  2. ^ "IBA: Budderoo & Barren Grounds". Birdata. Birds Australia. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-07.

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