The Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located in Budderoo National Park. On the day of our visit a constant soft rain fell resulting in quite a wonderful experience of the rainforest. Budderoo National Park is situated about 15 kilometres west of Kiama.
This year (2009) Minnamurra is celebrating a 100 years as a conservation reserve. It is a subtropical and warm temperate rainforest with a wide range of ferns. We were also lucky enough to spot no less than 8 lyrebirds on our walk.
In order to protect the fragile ecosystem visitors experience the rainforest via a network of raised timber boardwalks and paved tracks. The Rainforest Loop Walk is a 1.6km elevated timber walk meandering through the forest and incorporates a few stairs as well as suspension bridges. The first 500m of this walk is accessible for assisted wheelchairs. It takes anything up to an hour to finish this walk.
Branching out from this walk is the 2.6km return Falls Walk. Allow another hour for this walk. I have to warn you that this is a very steep climb, but the path is paved and in a very good condition. There are viewing platforms at both the lower and upper falls.
The total length of the walks is 4.2 kilometres. It starts and ends at the Visitor Information Centre. The Lyrebird Café provides light meals and refreshments or alternatively you can bring along your own picnic. Picnic tables and barbecue facilities are provided.
Please note that a park day use fee applies. The park is open from 9am to 5pm with the last admissions at 4pm.