HOW COME WE’D NEVER HEARD OF THIS NATIONAL PARK?

Minnamurra Rainforest, NSW.

Minnamurra Rainforest, NSW.

It’s only a short drive out of Sydney, a 400-hectare pocket of dense jungle at the foot of the escarpment. And it’s a little treasure.

Budderoo National Park is just south of Wollongong, inland from Kiama, with the turnoff from the road near the village of Jamberoo. From there it’s a 14km drive to Minnamurra Rainforest.

The three-level carpark above Visitors Centre and the steady stream of Sunday tourists trickling along the wide boardwalks suggest it must be mentioned in a tourist brochure somewhere.

We joined them for an hour or so, camera in hand of course, following the creek through the forest of red cedar giants, strangler figs and masses of palms and ferns.

At least near the Visitors' Centre, the trail is perfect, even suitable for wheelchairs.

At least near the Visitors’ Centre, the trail is perfect, even suitable for wheelchairs.

The visitors’ centre notes promise us the chance to spot lyrebirds, wallabies and water dragons. On a showery day, the shot of a soggy lyrebird was a good enough capture for me.

A lyrebird. Its extraordinary mimicking calls are often heard, though it's seldom seen this close up.

A lyrebird. Its extraordinary mimicking calls are often heard, though it’s seldom seen this close up. For those who don’t know them…they’re about the size of a chicken.


The Mirramurra Falls may offer more spectacle, but I like the rivulets along the creek.

The Mirramurra Falls may offer more spectacle, but I like the rivulets along the creek.

Regular rain allows these guys to sprout in the gullies.

Regular rain allows these guys to sprout in the gullies.

We were happy with a gentle loop along the boardwalk this time. For those looking for more exercise, a return trip out to the Minnamurra Falls will take about two hours. Thanks to our friends Ben and Suzy for suggesting it.

It's the combination of water, rock and foliage that I find so irresistible.

It’s the combination of water, rock and foliage that I find so irresistible.

Entrance to the National Park costs a daily fee of a $11 per car.

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2 responses to “HOW COME WE’D NEVER HEARD OF THIS NATIONAL PARK?

  1. Angela Highstead

    Love the photo of the fungi. Fascinating.

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