Discover the beauty of the Minnamurra Rainforest, near Jamberoo and Kiama on the NSW South Coast. Enjoy marvellous walking trails and gorgeous waterfalls, and spot bowerbirds, king parrots, water dragons and wallabies. You might even see an elusive lyrebird, which mimics most sounds.
In the magnificent Budderoo National Park, this primeval world will enchant you with subtropical and temperate rainforest and intriguing wildlife. From the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, take the Rainforest loop walk, an easy 1.6 km trail on elevated boardwalks and over suspension bridges.
This hour-long walk is a tranquil delight with wonderful viewing platforms along the way and pretty vistas of the rainforest canopy near the Minnamurra Falls. After the walk, enjoy a bite to eat in the Lyrebird Cafe in the rainforest centre. Other walking trails in Budderoo National Park include:
From the centre, drive along the Minnamurra Falls Road to the Jamberoo Mountain Road and ascend to Jamberoo lookout for breathtaking coastal views. Nearby is the spectacular Carrington Falls, where the Kangaroo River plunges into the Kangaroo Valley. A lovely picnic area is near the falls.
Getting to the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is easy. The waterfalls and rainforest of ferns, orchids, strangler figs and other enchanting flora are two hours’ drive from Sydney. You can also take the scenic Grand Pacific Drive. The drive from Jamberoo is 10 minutes and from Kiama 20 minutes.
You’ll find many more things to do and see in the Kiama region, from the gorgeous sandy beaches and the famous Kiama Blowhole to giant waterslides at Jamberoo Action Park. Soar on Australia’s highest zip-line at Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures, which is a short drive from the Carrington Falls. Whilst in Jamberoo why not try a round of golf or foot golf at the Jamberoo Golf Course or stop for lunch at the Jamberoo Pub, which is also home to the Johnny Warren Museum.