Drawing Room Rocks Walk
The Drawing Room Rocks walk just outside of Berry, offers some of the best views across the Shoalhaven area. Along the way on this moderately challenging 4.5 km walk, you will see some pretty rainforest areas and some stunning, you guessed it, rock formations.
A fun and rewarding walk which ends with magnificent views across verdant green hills and a golden beach crescent. The Drawing Room Rocks walk has the wow factor you’ve been looking for on the NSW coast.
Located in the Broughton Vale, the Drawing Room Rocks is a must do hike when in the Kangaroo Valley region of New South Wales. Located near the town of Berry, the walk ends with unfenced cliff edges, which is becoming rare in national parks around Australia.
Pack your sandwiches and flask because the Drawing Room Rocks is a great place for a picnic with an awesome view. Bring a tablecloth too! Actually, we’re only joking about that part.
Why is it called the Drawing Room Rocks?
For a while when you get to the top, it’s not obvious why they’re called the Drawing Room Rocks. Thousands of years of weathering and erosion have caused the rocks to have distinctive flat tops. Apparently they resemble tables and chairs of a drawing room. So there you go.
There are spectacular views of the surrounding valley and you’ll be able to see a beach when you get to the top.
Where is the Drawing Room Rocks walk?
The Drawing Room Rocks Walk is located 10 minutes from the town of Berry.
How long will the Drawing Room Rocks walk take?
This depends on your fitness levels and how much you like taking photographs. The sign at the beginning of the walk however, is totally inaccurate. So much so that someone has scribbled above it.
The Drawing Room Rocks walk will take you about 45 minutes on the way up and 30 minutes on the way down. It is a far cry from the 3 hours on the sign. It is quite steep at the beginning but you won’t need walking poles or hiking boots. Children can do the walk and we saw many (over the age of 5) happily scrambling up and down.
Top Tips for the Drawing Room Rocks walk
When to go: As long as it’s dry, any season is good to go. A rainy day will not only dampen your spirits but you’ll see nothing much at the top. The view across the valley is best enjoyed on a sunny day, when the colours of the landscape will be sharper.
Difficulty of hiking trail: Mostly moderate on the way up and easy on the way down. There are formed rock steps, a well trodden path and a bit of sand from the weathered sand stone.
Despite what the sign says, children can do the Drawing Room Rocks Walk.
Car Parks: There isn’t a car park as such.
When you get to the crossroads on the map you can choose to go up this very narrow road. You don’t want to see another car coming down as it is very narrow for the first 300 metres.
We didn’t take the chance and left the car further down by the letterbox. All the better for a bit more exercise.
Dog friendly: No dogs.
Provisions: We recommend that you take some food and water to enjoy at the top.
Sun protection: There’s shade on this walk. If you’re coming in Summer, you’ll probably be wearing sunscreen anyway.
Shoes: Hiking shoes are not necessary. You can get by with running shoes like we did. We don’t recommend flip flops or thongs.
Mobile phone reception is excellent all the way up and at the top of the Drawing Room Rocks walk.
Flooding: After heavy rain there might be muddy patches and slippery rocks, but nothing to write home about.
At the top it’s a little reminiscent of the Grampians National Park. If you love hiking, you’ll love our 7 day self guided walks guide.
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If you are looking for other walks in the Shoalhaven or Jervis bay area check out some of the suggestions at www.visitnsw.com/jervis-bay-and-shoalhaven/walking-trails