Drawing Room Rocks (NSW)

 

Highlights:

  • Great views at the top and along the walk.
  • Lots of native birds, especially lyrebirds.
  • Rainforest and scrub environments.
  • Lots of photo opportunities.

The walk begins in rainforest on a very narrow part of the escarpment above the town of Berry. The track is quite well worn and easy to follow. The first half of the walk has a very steep incline but there are several spots on the way to have a brief break from walking. As the track zig-zags up the mountain, the environment starts to change into dry scrub. About half way up, the track splits in two. You can continue left along the main track, or turn right where there is a good vantage point looking east towards Gerroa, this is a great spot to have a drink and take in the views.

As you continue up the mountain, you will notice all the exposed roots from the surrounding trees, they’re a bit of a trip hazard so watch your step. It is at this point where the track begins to flatten out, making the last part of the walk to the top more bearable.

You will know you’re at the top when the ground beneath you becomes sandy and the landscape opens up. Once you’re out of the bush, you will be greeted with amazing views to the south, on a clear day, you will be able to see Berry and Pidgeon House Mountain directly to the south, Jervis Bay to the south east and Kangaroo Valley to the south west.

On the cliff edges are the rocks, which over time have been carved by nature to become wonderful tables and chairs for a picnic. The scenery really does make the walk up the mountain worthwhile, and you’re guaranteed to get that cool, edgy profile picture you’ve been after for so long.

The walk back down the mountain is much easier. Overall it is an enjoyable walk with lots to look at.

Essential Gear Required

  • Food and water (have a picnic at the top!)
  • Good shoes for uneven terrain
  • Insect repellent (there are bees at the top, lots of them!)
  • Sun protection (hat, sunscreen and protective clothing)
  • Mobile phone and camera.

How to get there

Just north of Berry turn into Woodhill Mountain Road (right turn from the north, left from the south). Follow the road right up the mountain for about 7km until it splits, then turn right into Brogers Creek Road, after 100m turn right into what looks like a driveway (it isn’t). You will soon come to a small carpark at the side of the road, it only has a few spaces, so get there early. The track begins at the top of the road where signposted.

Activities

  • Hiking
  • Photography
  • Picnics

Skill Level

Intermediate; the track can be quite steep; you need a reasonable level of fitness to complete it.

Distance Covered/ Elevation Gain

The walk is 4.5km return, with an elevation gain of about 400m.