Budderoo National Park

Visitor Centres

Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Wheelchair access: easy

This area is fully wheelchair accessible

  • Disabled parking is available
  • Whelchair access toilets are available
  • Access to the picnic area, cafe and first 500m of the loop walk is assisted access

Visit the multi award-winning Minnamurra Rainforest Centre and experience the splendour of the rainforest.

Chat to friendly staff in the Minnamurra Visitor Centre – they’re experts on the area so will be able to give you plenty of useful information – and check out the interpretive signs and Aboriginal artefacts on display. You might also find that perfect little present or souvenir in the Centre’s gift shop.

Then it’s time to wander the network of elevated walkways through the rare remnant rainforest that once reached throughout the Illawarra. Feel your senses awakening as you listen to the birds, feel the spray of the waterfalls and spot rainforest residents – perhaps the superb lyrebird, eastern water dragon or swamp wallaby.

There’s also a picnic area by the river, so pack your hamper and enjoy a barbecue in this splendid environment.

Activities: walking, birdwatching

Location:  shown on Minnamurra Rainforest Centre map

Getting there: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located in the foothills of Jamberoo Valley, west of Kiama on the NSW South Coast. To get there from Jamberoo, drive west on Jamberoo Road and turn left onto Jamberoo Mountain Road. Take the first right onto Minnamurra Falls Road, and you’ll find Minnamurra Rainforest Centre about 3km along to the end of the road.

Road access: Sealed road - 2WD vehicles.

Opening hours: The Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is:

  • Open 9am–5pm (Monday-Sunday).
  • Closed on Christmas Day

Facilities: picnic tables, gas/electric barbecues, flush toilets, drinking water, cafe/kiosk, carpark, lookout, trackhead/access point, venue

Vehicle entry fee: $11 per vehicle per day. For passengers travelling by private transport (bus or taxi), the fee is $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.

Phone: 02 4236 0469

Fax: 02 4236 0393

Street address: Budderoo National Park, Minnamurra Falls Road (Tourist Drive No.9), via Jamberoo NSW 2533


Events, activities and alerts at this location
School excursion

A Local Ecosystem - Minnamurra Rainforest

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area.

Objectives

 Students will:

  • identify some of the distinguishing features of the rainforest, as a local ecosystem
  • use scientific instruments to measure some abiotic factors in the rainforest
  • observe the plants and animals that live in the rainforest
  • discuss the adaptations of rainforest species to their environment
  • measure and record abundance and distribution of species using a transect and quadrats
  • identify some of the relationships between rainforest species, including symbiosis

Program Outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

10 min

Vegetation study and abiotic measurements

80 min

 

Soil and leaf litter survey

60 min

Freshwater study

30 min

Random meander sampling on rainforest path

60 min

Conclusion 5 min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: From $300.00 per group up to 25 student. Includes GST.

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

Fieldwork in the sample area and along the Rainforest Loop walk. 2-5 hour programs are available.
School excursion

A Local Ecosystem - Minnamurra Rainforest

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area.

Objectives

 Students will:

  • identify some of the distinguishing features of the rainforest, as a local ecosystem
  • use scientific instruments to measure some abiotic factors in the rainforest
  • observe the plants and animals that live in the rainforest
  • discuss the adaptations of rainforest species to their environment
  • measure and record abundance and distribution of species using a transect and quadrats
  • identify some of the relationships between rainforest species, including symbiosis

Program Outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

10 min

Vegetation study and abiotic measurements

80 min

 

Soil and leaf litter survey

60 min

Freshwater study

30 min

Random meander sampling on rainforest path

60 min

Conclusion 5 min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: From $300.00 per group up to 25 student. Includes GST.

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

Fieldwork in the sample area and along the Rainforest Loop walk. 2-5 hour programs are available.
School excursion

Exploring the Rainforest - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Location


This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • visit the rainforest - a wet environment
  • use their senses to make observations and gather information about this environment
  • identify the animals, plants and products, such as town water or timber, that come from this environment
  • observe the natural and built features of this environment
  • use some geographical terms for location and features like creek, forest, valley, hill, slope
  • identify places that have not been modified by people
  • identify the effects of humans on natural places
  • talk about their experiences of this environment
  • reflect on how they feel about the rainforest, and how other people might feel about it.


Program outline
 

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

Global Environments: Minnamurra Rainforest

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • take a guided walk through a rainforest
  • recognise the spatial distribution of this environment
  • describe the geographical processes that shape this environment: atmospheric, biotic , geomorphic, and hydrologic
  • describe the basic operations of a rainforest ecosystem
  • describe the interactions of humans with this environment, including indigenous groups
  • understand why preserving and caring for this environment is essential
  • understand the interconnectedness of this rainforest and global rainforests
  • observe and identify management practices within the rainforest and understand their importance
  • explain how individuals, community organisations and government actions contribute to the management of this environment
  • identify the responsibility of government to this environment
  • describe the current use of this environment and suggest strategies for future ecological sustainability.

Program outline
 

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

Investigating Rainforests - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • reflect on what a rainforest is
  • take a guided walk through a rainforest
  • answer some geographical questions about the rainforest
  • observe and identify some of the plants and animals living in the rainforest, and the relationships between them
  • discuss the benefits of preserving the rainforest
  • observe human impact on the rainforest, and how this can be managed
  • explain how various beliefs and practices influence the ways in which people value, change and  interact with their environment
  • understand the interconnectedness of Australian and global rainforests.

Program outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

Issues in Australian Rainforests- Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • take a guided walk through the rainforest
  • identify a range of geographical issues relating to the rainforest, including land and water management, biodiversity and tourism
  • collect and record geographical data from the rainforest, using a variety of techniques
  • explain the interaction of the physical and human elements of the rainforest
  • understand why and how rainforest issues are managed
  • recognise the responsibility of government to manage the rainforest
  • propose individual and group actions that promote sustainability of the rainforest.

Program Outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

Rainforest Ecosystems - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • take a guided walk through the rainforest
  • observe and measure biotic and abiotic features of the ecosystem, and how these interact
  • explain the cycling of materials through the ecosystem
  • observe human impacts on the rainforest
  • understand why and how human impacts are managed.

Program outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

Rainforest Interactions

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area.

Objectives

Students will:

  • observe and identify unique features of the rainforest, through guided exploration
  • identify biophysical processes and their interactions at Minnamurra Rainforest
  • use field techniques to measure  and collect biophysical data
  • describe the geographical processes that form and transform the rainforest
  • explain how current management strategies are contributing to the sustainable use of the rainforest.

Program Outline

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 min

Overview of spatial and ecological dimensions of the rainforest

20 min

 

Vegetation, soil and water sampling options

1 - 2 hr

Random meander sampling on rainforest path

60 min

Conclusions 5 min

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

Fieldwork sampling and measurements, 2-5 hour programs available. Weekdays during school terms.
School excursion

Survival in a Rainforest - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • take a guided walk through the rainforest
  • identify some of the plants and animals that live in the rainforest
  • describe the features of these organisms
  • identify factors affecting the their survival
  • investigate some of the interactions within the ecosystem
  • identify resources and how they are used by humans. 

Program outline

Welcome and introduction

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, week days during school terms
School excursion

What is a National Park? Minnamurra Rainforest

Location

This location offers visitors a rare opportunity to view rainforest that once covered vast areas of the Illawarra region. Minnamurra Rainforest is particularly special because of its diversity of rainforests types, and the range of wildlife that exists within a relatively small area. 

Objectives

Students will:

  • understand why we have national parks
  • identify some activities you can do in a national park, and why people visit
  • identify our own responsibilities when we visit a park
  • meet people who work there, and learn what they do to manage the park
  • describe people's interactions with Minnamurra rainforest
  • predict how things people do affect the plants and animals living in the rainforest
  • describe Minnamurra rainforest and explain its significance.

Program outline
 

Welcome, introductions, safety briefing and acknowledgement

5 mins

Classroom presentation

30 mins

 

Group discussion and question time

10 mins

Guided walk through rainforest

60 mins

Optional self-guided walk to waterfall

60 mins

Difficulty: easy

Park: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (Budderoo National Park)

Meeting place: Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Cost: $9.90 per student includes GST

More info: School excursion inquiries - Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, Phone: 02 4236 0469

1 hour 45 mins, available week days during school terms