Minnamurra Rain Forest Centre

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Minnamurra Rain Forest Centre

Minnamurra Rain Forest Centre
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Stephen & Sue
Canberra, Australia2,052 contributions
Jul 2020
Don't be put off by the older reviews - Minnamurra Falls is open, easy to see, and still one of the absolute gems of the NSW South Coast.
It's a beautiful drive here, and the new Visitor Centre is still under construction, but the walk is open, and now easier than ever. So easy in fact a large part of it is now open to wheelchairs, and with a bit of effort, a wheelchair could possibly do this whole loop.
And the walk is lot shorter than the signs suggest. We did the loop, and the diversion to the falls in well under 2 hours, and passed plenty of young families, many with strollers.
The walk to the first swing bridge is flat, and easy for wheelchairs and strollers, after that it is quite steep in parts, but is mostly long ramps with few stairs.
The loop itself is the best part of the walk, with swing bridges over the river, and beautiful tall trees and rainforest ferns closing in around you.
The walk to the top of the falls is a much harder slog (and narrow in parts so leave strollers behind at the turn off) and the views at the top are good, if not spectacular, now that access to the base of the falls has been permanently halted by a landslip.
A great day out, a lovely picnic area and with good toilets at the visitor centre.
The only red flag is parking - this is now so popular on weekend the car parks can fill up by 11 am, and they block the road until spaces are freed up.
Also, check weather forecasts, as the falls and the road to them are also closed on very wet days.
The parking fee is a flat $12, but there's no other fee for the walk, and you can bring your own food and drink.
A must if you're visiting anywhere in the Kiama to Nowra region.
Written August 23, 2020
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Emanpee
Sydney, Australia2,605 contributions
Nov 2020
While the visitors centre, during Covid, has little to offer, and the cafe wasn't open with construction happening, this is not why you visit. This location has one of the best defined paths you will get in a NSW National Park, including being fully accessible for nearly half the loop trail (as far as second swing bridge, about 500 metres). Leaving from the visitors centre, where parking fees apply, $12 a vehicle, the loop trail is clearly marked. About halfway, 20 minutes, is the reasonably steep 1.3km one way trail to lower and upper Minnamurra Falls - worth doing if of moderate fitmess. Otherwise continue on the loop path for another 20 minutes back to visitors centre. Plenty of rainforest along the way, 2 swing bridges, creeks and small waterfalls if has rained recently, and good shade from the tree canopy.
Written November 9, 2020
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rocky rad
Warrawee, Australia23 contributions
Nov 2021
Just after rain, walking the board walk to the waterfal under the canopy of tall trees was realy breathtaking. Well laid out walk with various degrees of diffiiculties for casual walkers. Excellent place to add to your itenary if you are planning to visit the Illaware or Southern Highlands in your travel plans.
If you are nature lover, hiker or love to see small streams and waterfalls, this is the ideal one.
If you are lucky, you may be able to see or even hear the famous Lyre Bird.
Must visit.
No entrance fee. Only all day parking charges for your car, which is reasonable. Don't miss it.
Written November 9, 2021
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Steve K
Auckland Central, New Zealand251 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
The drive to and walk around the main loop was very pleasant but perhaps we’re spoiled by rain forests in NZ and further north in Aus as this felt simply like a bush walk.
We also thought there could have been more information about what we were seeing- perhaps history of the area, how is this rain forest the only one in the area?
The new information centre- still under construction during our visit/ may provide all of this. If you’ve done rain forest walls in NZ this is only really of interest for comparison.
Written January 5, 2020
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Larry M
Vancouver, Canada241 contributions
Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited on a Tuesday, only to find that the Centre was closed. While we were disappointed to see the closed sign on the entrance road, we drove the few kms to the gate, only to read the sign on the closed gate saying they were open daily from 9 to 5. Disappointing, since part of the reason for our trip down from Sydney was to see the centre.....
Written March 3, 2020
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Glenda R
Wollongong, Australia13 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
took the kids here seeing its school holidays, kids aged 9 and 11.
interesting place to visit, they enjoyed the hike (run) up the tracks to the top falls and there was lots of water going over seeing we had previously had a lot of rain.
on the way they kept a look out for lyrebirds..seeing two on the way down.
suspension bridge was great with them bouncing all over it.
fresh hot chips at the café satisfied the boys..best chips around!
well worth a visit!
Written April 11, 2017
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PinkEucalyptus
55 contributions
Dec 2017
We spent the morning at the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk viewing the rain forest from the top down. Our afternoon was spent down the mountain walking among the rain forest plants at the Minnamurra Rain Forest Center. This location is run by the Parks systems. You pay a minimum fee to enter with your car to park. I was surprised at how extensive the boardwalk track through the forest is. This was a suitably challenging walk. we did not go up to the waterfall track as there had been no rain in this area and therefore no waterfall. I did not see a lot of wildlife except 2 wild lyre birds - kind of like the small colorless cousin of a peacock. The cicadas were deafening in spots. I am sure the wildlife in the area was more nocturnal. The complex had a little outdoor cafe by the creek that served hot and cold dishes on actual plates. It was a nice setting for lunch. There was a small discovery center with rangers who could answer questions. Our family had 2 older teenagers and we all enjoyed this outing in the rain forest.
Written January 22, 2018
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Ernest Y
Thornleigh, Australia298 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
There are two routes to walk at Rainforest Walk. The waterfall was closed. Even the platform that can watch the fall was closed. So there was no point to take the long route. We took the short route which took about half an hour including stopping to take photo. Wonder when the waterfall and the platform will be reopened.
Written April 6, 2017
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HealthyMama68
Enmore, Australia56 contributions
Jan 2017 • Family
It really is a lovely, magical place but make sure you get there before 3. We got there afterwards to be told the walk up to the waterfall closes at 3. Even if we had got there earlier, we were told, the viewing platform is closed for maintenance - in the middle of the Summer holidays! I don't think either of these things were mentioned on their website - but thats Parks & Wildlife for you - budget cuts probably. We strolled the 45 minute walk in 20 minutes and it really was exquisite. But were left wondering whether we really could have done the 2 hour walk in 90mins. Recommended but go early.
Written January 14, 2017
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SaharaDV8
381 contributions
Jun 2016 • Couples
We entered the car park about 10.30am and noting the sign saying Parking fees apply.. before the vehicle parking area.. 3/6/16 and its wintertime on a mild sunny day...and only a few cars in the parking area..

We entered the Minnamurra Rain forest Center nestled at the bottom of the carpark driveway.
The Rangeress.. warmly greeted us and spoke to us about the rain-forest walks,
then we noted the sign on her desk saying.. $12 per vehicle...

She asked us if we were pensioners yes we said,
she asked for our cards and in a few minuets she printed out a temporary exemption for us .meaning that with the Printout we can gain Free entry into All n.s.w. National Parks.

We thanked her very much...so ask at the info center for an exemption..
No ask.. No get... then you Pay entry fee....Pensioners note this...

Remember its a National Park... sensible foot ware.. Keep thongs on the beach...
Its Only common Sense...

We walked thru the info center to the start of the 2.5 klm rain forest lower walk, which is wheelchair friendly up to the second swing bridge, the walkway is made of artificial checkered material with guard rails and rails on the steeper sections, it is a typical rain forest environment with beautiful ferns Hugh trees and hanging vines some very thick dangling from the treetops.

Before you go over the 2nd swing bridge is a viewing platform with seats so
you can look up and down stream with the water gently flowing over the mossy rocks and boulders with ferns and greenery on the banks of this mountain stream.

After crossing over the 2nd swing bridge the climb starts zig zaging higher up to a section which splits in two.. one is a different way back to the info center... the 2nd is to the waterfall which is itself 1 hr return as the waterfall this day was only very small
so we opted to return ...on this fresh mild sunny day...

This was the day before the Severe Weather
warnings from Qld to the n.s.w. southern coast..

Thats when the gradient started a steep decline but it was easy going for Moderately Fit people.....look first and then decide if this suits your.. physical condition....

After a few meters we saw our first superb lyre bird scratching
for food we walked quietly to within 2 meters of him and he kept scratching and eating as we watched him for more than 3 minuets then he slowly moved upward and away from us.
we got some good rear tail feathered photos of him thats his Best Profile..including a flashed one, it did not bother him at all...

We saw 4 lyre birds on this walk 2 female Albert,s Lyre birds and 2 beautiful Superb Lyre birds all within meters of us busy scratching and eating, ..Why.. we did not make any noise when we walked..plus we were Alone for the whole walk.

We have walked dozens of Australia's National parks and private sanctuary's
and Never seen a Lyre bird so we have Fulfilled a Dream today and seen Four in the one park and Heard a selection of their vast repertoire of songs and calls.

This a is a great rain forest walk we would recommend even if you have to drive a distance to experience it.. but if its holiday time dont expect to see lyre birds.. and get that real rain forest Tranquil feeling...

Jamberoo is a small village just before the park with an old 1857 Pub thats worth having a meal at after your walk.. or a light snack at the Rain forest Center cafe.
Written June 4, 2016
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