National Parks / Natural World
Budderoo National Park Jamberoo
Where is it at?
Budderoo National Park
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre
Jamberoo Mountain Road
Tel: 02 4236 0469
Where are we going today?
Kids, don't you want to get out into the beautiful Australian national parks than sit in doors and watch television? There is so much you can experience!
The Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is a great place to start before heading out into the Budderoo National Park. The friendly staff will give you all the information you need on the local area, and it's a great place for you to ask questions before heading out to see it first hand!
There are also Aboriginal artefacts and interpretive signs on display (as well as the gift shop!)
When you feel ready, head out into the magical Budderoo National Park to begin your nature filled experience!
Enjoy the elevated walkways through the rare section of rainforest, that at one time actually reached throughout the whole of Illawarra.
Can you recognise that sound? It might be the birds, or perhaps the gushing of the waterfalls. If you are close, you might even feel the spray!
If you just love wildlife it's a great place to try and spot some! The beautiful lyrebird, or the swamp wallaby - even the eastern water dragon!
There are stunning lookouts, pristine waterfalls and gorgeous rainforest to explore and play in!
Drive up to the plateau above the rainforest and check out the jaw-dropping views from Jamberoo lookout. If you really are an active family then grab those mountain bikes and take on the 24km Budderoo Track! If you are there late winter or spring make sure you stop and look at all the wildflowers blooming.
If you want to really enjoy the outdoor experience you can backpack camp on the plateau. (Not in the rainforest).
Rockpools, cascade and waterholes will be your view if you decide to enjoy a family picnic at Carrington Falls, where the beautiful Kangaroo River plunges over 50m into the gully below! There are also a number of beautiful walking trails here.
So get that TV turned off!
How much does it cost?
- Adults$11 per vehicle per day parking.
When can we go?
The park gates at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre open at 9am and close at 5pm every day. The park is a
All year round.
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre offers visiting school and tour groups the opportunity to explore the rainforest with experienced Rainforest Guides. A great way for kids to learn about nature and conservation!.
Bring your own lunch and enjoy a fun family picnic at the Nellies Glen or Carrington Falls areas! .
Any Top Tips?
For any visitors travelling by private transport (bus or taxi) the fee is $4.40 adult and $2.20 child..
Need a little extra help?
There is assisted wheelchair access to the picnic area and one lookout at Carrington Falls..
If you are a budding photographer, don't forget the macro mode on your camera, either. The rainforest is a haven for mosses and lichens, fungi and insects, all of which are beautiful when viewed up close!.
What people are saying?
by A Google User
We walked the trail in December, 2009. It was the highlight of our trip to the South Coast of NSW! The park is beautiful, the boardwalk trail is well designed and maintained, and it was a pleasure to walk under the canopy of the forest as the trail slowly climbed higher up the escarpment. Benches are provided at strategic points along the way as a resting point and to sit and admire the view. At the top of the Falls trail one gets to view the water fall, which was running lightly in December. It was quite a sight - I can imagine how wonderful...Read More
by YAGNESH RAVAL
by A Google User
We walked the trail in December, 2009. It was the highlight of our trip to the South Coast of NSW! The park is beautiful, the boardwalk trail is well designed and maintained, and it was a pleasure to walk under the canopy of the forest as the trail slowly climbed higher up the escarpment. Benches are provided at strategic points along the way as a resting point and to sit and admire the view. At the top of the Falls trail one gets to view the water fall, which was running lightly in December. It was quite a sight - I can imagine how wonderful it must be in full flight. We saw two lyrebirds in the undergrowth and heard numerous others. The walk is about 2 hours and I highly recommend it as a great way to enjoy nature.