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Barren Grounds Nature ReserveBarren Grounds (4) → Shoalhaven City Council | Wodi Wodi Country | Wandandian Country
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Found 4 walks

Hoddles Track
6.3 km return
2 h to 3 h
Hoddles Track
6.3 km

2 h to 3 h


1 h to 1 h 30 min

Starting from the car park at the end of Saddleback Mountain Road, Saddleback Mountain, this walk takes you to Mount Noorinan and back via the Hoddles Track. This moderately challenging walk heads west from Saddleback Mountain and follows the ridge up the escarpment to Mount Noorinan, located west of Kiama, following a historic fire track marked by green posts. Named and created by pioneer surveyor Robert Hoddle in 1830, the track was originally used to transport produce to Kiama and at one point, continued west to Bowral. The walk begins with short side trips to Saddleback Mountain Lookout's northern and southern viewing platforms, as well as the Rotary Lookout, then descends steeply and meanders through the remnant rainforest that once covered the area's coastal plain. Upon entering the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, the walk climbs steeply to the top of Mount Noorinan, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding area. A variety of native birds can be seen along the way, including crimson rosellas, eastern bristlebirds and golden whistlers. There's a car park and toilet facilities at the summit of Saddleback Mountain, as well as a plaque telling the track's story. This walk consists of wide and narrow fire tracks and walking trails, with uneven natural surfaces, compacted natural surfaces, rocky sections and steep hills, suitable for moderate fitness levels. Let us begin by acknowledging the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we travel today, and pay our respects to their Elders past and present.



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