Minnamurra Rainforest – Complete Visitors Guide (2023)

A visit to Minnamurra Rainforest in Budderoo National Park is one of the best nature walks in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia.

Featuring a picnic area,  two walking tracks surrounded by lush greenery, all leading upstream through the Minnamurra River towards the famous Minnamurra Falls.

In this guide, I have included some useful information, including how to get there, best time to visit, things to know before you gO, what to expect from both walking tracks and where to stay nearby.

Where Is Minnamurra Rainforest?

Minnamurra Rainforest is located in Budderoo National Park at the southern end of the Illawarra.

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From Sydney, it is approximately a one hour and 45 minute drive, and from Wollongong it takes about 35 minutes. From the south, it is about a 20 minute drive from Kiama, 50 minutes from Nowra and approximately one hour and 45 minutes from Ulladulla.

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How To Get Here

Given the location of Minnamurra Rainforest, I highly recommend you use your own vehicle, or a car you have rented out, to visit.

If you are coming from the north, you will head down the M1 Motorway and turn off at Terry St in Albion Park. This will lead you onto Jamberoo Rd, taking you through some unbelievable country side and mountain views.

If you are coming from the South, you will head up the M1 Motorway and turn off at Jamberoo Rd in Kiama. Both roads from either direction will eventually link up at Jamberoo Mountain Rd. From here, follow the signs clearly posted towards Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

Best Time To Visit

Minnamurra Rainforest is quite a popular attraction and can get very busy on weekends. If you can time your visit for a weekday, you will get to enjoy it with fewer people.

The best time to visit is between 9am and 12pm. This will allow you to adventure through the rainforest with fewer people and is also the best lighting from the sun.

If you are not a morning person, don’t stress! Just make sure you allow yourself 2-3 hours to see everything this beautiful place has to offer.

Things To Know Before You Visit

Before you leave home to visit Minnamurra Rainforest, I highly recommend you pack a good pair of walking/hiking shoes, sunscreen and insect repellent.

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There is a kiosk for snacks and refreshments at the centre, otherwise alternatively I highly recommend you also bring something to eat and drink with you.

While as tempting as it may be, especially on a hot day, swimming along the river and going under the waterfall is strictly prohibited and therefore swimmers are not required.

Parking fees do apply at the centre carpark, which is $12. Alternatively, these fees are covered in the NSW National Park’s ‘Multi Parks’ or ‘All Parks’ Pass

Arriving At Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

When you arrive, there is plenty of parking, including three levels, where you can park your car safely. Remember to purchase your day ticket at the ticket station, if needed.

There are rest rooms underneath the Visitor Centre. There are no toilets along the walks so I highly recommend you go before proceeding!

From the centre, the signs are clearly posted on where to go to start your adventure through the rainforest at either of the two walking trails

The Walking Trails

Minnamurra Rainforest offers two walking tracks – Lyrebird Loop Walk and Minnamurra Falls Walk, however each connect to each other if you wish to do both (highly recommended).

Each track offers its own features to enjoy, allowing you to fully immerse yourself within the rich, remnant and lush rainforest.

Minnamurra Rainforest

Lyrebird Loop Walk

A 1.6km loop that takes around 30 minutes to one hour to complete. This walk is also known as the ‘Rainforest Walk’. This walk is an easy grade walk, perfect for families and for young children.

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The walk is predominantly a paved track, featuring two suspension bridges that cross over the pristine Minnamurra River and multiple viewing platforms to admire the tranquil beauty of the rainforest.

Minnamurra Rainforest
Minnamurra Rainforest

The walk also overs a variety of flora, including figs, orchids and one of my favourites – ferns. An abundance of fauna can also be found, so take your time through the walk and see if you can spot some iconic Australian wildlife.

The Lyrebird Loop Walk eventually connects to the Minnamurra Falls Walk if you wish to continue onto that.

Minnamurra Rainforest

Minnamurra Falls Walk

This walk starts either directly from the centre carpark or towards the end of the Lyrebird Loop Walk. The Minnamurra Falls walk is 4.2km return, taking you directly to the stunning Minnamurra Falls

The walk is predominantly a paved track surrounded by the lush rainforest, moss-covered rocks and breathtaking views across the rainforest canopy and canyon. This can be enjoyed from multiple viewing platforms and from along the walk itself.

Minnamurra Rainforest

Please note that this walk consists of multiple steep sections, please be mindful doing this walk if you have an injury, pregnant or have any other physical illness. There are many seats along the way to have a break and enjoy the surroundings if needed.

The walk ends at a large viewing platform, whereby you can admire the gorgeous Minnamurra Falls, and even stop to have lunch.

Minnamurra Rainforest

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Minnamurra Falls

Minnamurra Falls is a two-tiered waterfall which can be enjoyed at the end of the Minnamurra Falls track from the end viewing platform.

As tempting as it may be, jumping the fence and going directly to the waterfall is strictly prohibited.

These falls are technically known as ‘Upper Minnamurra Falls’. The end of the Falls Track also offers a large second viewing platform, with views across the valley and even down towards ‘Bottom Minnamurra Falls’.

Minnamurra Falls

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Places To Stay Near Minnamurra Rainforest

Whether you are a luxury traveller or budget backpacker, the surrounding areas of Minnamurra, including Wollongong, Southern Highlands and South Coast offer hundreds of accommodations to choose from that suit you. See list of recommended accommodations near Minnamurra Rainforest below:

Luxury: Mantra Wollongong

Luxury: The Sebel Harbourside Kiama

Budget: Downtown Motel 

Budget: Kiama Motel 617

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Final Thoughts

I have visited Minnamurra Rainforest many times throughout my life and each time it does not disappoint. It is this reason I was dedicated to putting together a detailed visitor’s guide for everyone else to follow and enjoy.

Overall, it is a perfect place for yourself, families, friends and couples to get out, escape the hustle and bustle of city life and enjoy nature at its absolute finest.

I guarantee you will love this place as well! Feel free to let me know how your adventure in Minnamurra Rainforest was in the comments below.

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