Family exploring Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park, Kiama by Michael French; Destination NSW
Budderoo National Park
This stunning national park features walking tracks and spectacular waterfalls including Carrington Falls, a 15-minute walk from the picnic area that leads you to several spectacular lookouts. Nellies Glen is an idyllic little swimming hole where you can stand beneath the waterfall.
In the shadow of the Great Dividing Range, just 15 minutes' drive from Kiama and very close to nearby town Jamberoo, is Minnamurra Rainforest, a popular natural attraction located in Budderoo National Park.
This pocket of subtropical and warm temperate rainforest show what the once-extensive rainforests of the Illawarra region were like with giant roots creeping across the forest floor, thick strangler figs wrapping around trees and raucous bird calls in the canopy above.
You're likely to see elusive lyrebirds, eastern water dragons, swamp wallabies and a host of bird species which make Minnamurra their home.
From the information centre, a 1.6-km elevated boardwalk winds towards the escarpment and across Minnamurra Rivulet, taking you right into the 400-hectare rainforest. The first 500m of this walk provides for assisted wheelchair access.
If you feel like a more substantial hike, take the two-hour return Falls Walk. While a little more challenging, the walk offers the reward of spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and the gorge carved by Minnamurra Rivulet. The walk concludes with a viewing platform and rest area at the base of the Upper Falls.
Make your way along elevated pathways through the lush Minamurra Rainforest at the Illawarra Fly Tree Top Park. Take in stunning views of the rainforest and the coast and towards the Pacific Ocean from up to 50 metres above the forest floor.
Rise early for this unique dawn rainforest experience. Watch on as the early morning light illuminates everything in its path, including the sparkling Pacific Ocean. Enjoy sweeping panoramic views before completing the guided tour with a hearty hot breakfast.
Glide through the trees at up to 35 metres above the forest floor as you fly along the highest zipline tour in Australia. Learn about the forest’s history and ecology during this wilderness adventure as you catch glimpses of the ocean and coastal towns through the rainforest foliage.