Budderoo National Park

Walking

Walking tracks

Warris Chair lookout track

If you like to feel on top of the world without the effort, you can’t go past Warris Chair lookout. From the heathlands, on the western edge of Kangaroo Valley, gaze across the last remaining pocket of rainforest protected by Budderoo National Park.

This easy walk through woodlands of swamp banksia offers fabulous birdwatching. The honey eaters, flame robins and beautiful firetails are attracted to the heath in spring, when it erupts in colours and fragrance. Nearby Carrington Falls will give a spectacular display after heavy rain.

If all that fresh air stirs up an appetite, head back to Carrington Falls or Nellies Glen picnic area or head to Lyrebird Café for a tasty snack. There are plenty of places to stay in the nearby southern highlands, making for a perfect weekend away.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Carrington Falls map

Izzards lookout track

If you love a breath of fresh air with a spectacular view then the easy walk to Izzards lookout is a must see. Stroll along the escarpment, soaking in the sights and sounds of the waterfall, particularly impressive after heavy rain. From the lookout, feast your eyes on the lush forests of Kangaroo Valley.

It's a perfect spot for birdwatchers, so be sure to look for the green catbird and fan-tailed cuckoo. If you hear something like a chainsaw ringing through the rainforest it’s more likely to be the superb lyrebird.

If your still hungry for views, check out nearby Nellies Glen picnic area where you can choose from Missingham lookout track or Warris Chair lookout track or if you’re just plain hungry, make tracks for Lyrebird Café.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Carrington Falls map

The Falls walk

Mother Nature truly shines on The Falls walk, which starts halfway through the Rainforest loop at Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

Amble along the elevated walkway and paved track, taking in the trickling streams, moss-covered rocks and feathered ferns beneath you. Soak up the breathtaking views over the rainforest canopy and canyon and take your time at the viewing platforms at the lower and upper Minnamurra Falls.

There are steep sections along the way, but it’s easy to find a seat and catch your breath in idyllic surroundings. You’ll likely see butterflies, animals and birds in the trees and leaf litter and, if you’re lucky, maybe even a lyrebird showing off his tail.

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on Minnamurra Rainforest Centre map

Rainforest loop walk

Wheelchair access: medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

  • The boardwalk is wheelchair-accessible for the first 500m only (to the second suspension bridge). This goes through the core of the subtropical rainforest. There are some steep gradients, and assistance will be required.

Meander through rich, remnant rainforest teeming with diversity on the Rainforest loop walk in Minnamurra Rainforest Centre. You’ll have a bird’s eye view over this primeval world as you wander the elevated walkway.

This easy, hour-long walk includes suspension bridges, viewing platforms and interpretive signs along the way. It’s a huge hit with kids, but the tranquil beauty of the subtropical, dry, riparian and temperate rainforest on display will appeal to all.

You’ll be impressed by the sheer variety of flora in this fragile ecosystem. Look out for bird’s nest ferns, strangler figs and colourful orchids.

If you’ve got the time and you’re keen to see more, why not add The Falls walk to your loop for a truly spectacular rainforest walking experience?

Plant communities: rainforests

Location:  shown on Minnamurra Rainforest Centre map

Missingham lookout track

Once you’ve clapped eyes on this spectacular view, you’ll never forget it. Missingham lookout walking track leads along the western edge of the escarpment and shows off Kangaroo Valley in all its glory, as well as a wide angle view of the spectacular Carrington Falls Gorge.

Passing gums and banksia, you might catch the scent of sydney peppermint gum and the finger hakea with its delightful perfume in spring. You might hear the call of the wonga pigeon or eastern whipbird as you meander this easy trail, leading to one of the best views on the south coast. Take a moment to scour the skies for the vibrant king parrot and yellow tailed black cockatoo, or simply soak in the sounds of the valley below.

Head back to either Carrington Falls picnic area or Nellies Glen picnic area for a picnic or if you still want to know more about this precious patch of remaining rainforest, head to Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands

Location:  shown on Carrington Falls map

Budderoo track

You’ll have the wind in your hair and a glow to your cheek as you soak in the splendour of heathlands and eucalypts on this heart-pumping bike trail. Budderoo track, following the scenic highlands on the western ridge of Budderoo National Park, is a perfect combination of adventure and nature.

Passing through forests of bloodwood, you might glimpse a swamp wallaby grazing in the grassy woodlands. When the weather warms up, the heathlands erupt in a carpet of colour. The vibrant wildflowers in spring make this a perfect birdwatching spot. Keep an eye out for the superb fairy wren and tawny crowned honey eater.

You can do as much or as little of this track as you like. Stop for a picnic and while away a relaxing afternoon or walk or cycle the whole track. Round off your trip with a visit to Jamberoo lookout and the multi award-winning Minnamurra Rainforest Centre.

Plant communities: dry eucalypt forests, grassy woodlands, heathlands

Location:  shown on park map

Walking: events and activities

Commercial activity

Australian Photography Tours

Photography Tuition at The Cobblers, Royal National ParkOur classes and workshops cater for beginners to intermediate levels of photography utilising easily accessed locations. Classes are held during the day time and in particular the early hours of the morning from first light to sunrise and sunset to last light.

Photography classes are available I the rainforests of Royal National Park, Blue Mountains National Park, Kamay Botany Bay National Park and Budderoo National Park in the Shoalhaven Region of NSW. Some rainforest photo classes may involve a short leisurely bushwalk up to 3-4 kilometres along recognised trails or walkways.

Often one encounters mist and frost in winter time, a combination which creates moody surreal views as the rising sun warms the frosty ground, perfect for our classes. Our tours focus on colour, texture and form found in the natural environment which includes the bush, coast, mountains, rainforest, heritage and art.

Custom or tuition and workshops are available at any of our locations.

More info: Australian Photography Tours, Phone: 02 4628 2528 (international +612 4628 2528)

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Auswalk

Auswalk offers quality accommodated walking holiday packages in many destinations.

Self-guided inn-to-inn walking holidays in the Blue Mountains and Snowy Mountains. Walk from one comfortable accommodation to the next through the national park. We move your luggage ahead for you. Follow our detailed walk notes and marked maps. Start any day of the year in season.

Group guided walking holidays in the Snowy Mountains. Join a group with two knowledgeable guides and hike through the area, staying in comfortable accommodation at night. We also have a spring snowshoeing trip in the Snowy Mountains.

Privately guided trips ranging from 1 to 5 days in the Sydney Harbour area and Blue Mountains.

More info: Auswalk, Phone: 03 5356 4971 (international +613 5356 4971)

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Land's Edge

Snorkelling at Land's EdgeLand's Edge is one of Australia's leading providers of dynamic and progressive education outdoor experiences for schools and other groups.

Operating in Sydney Harbour, the NSW South Coast and in Kosciuszko National Park, the company's outdoor experiences combine adventure and personal growth.

Land's Edge provides safe and enjoyable programs, with participants guided at every turn by highly experienced and professional staff. Land's Edge staff adheres to comprehensive safety and risk-management procedures.

Land's Edge also offers inexpensive group accommodation on the foreshore of Sydney Harbour. The Land's Edge Sydney Harbour education/accommodation facility is located on the foreshore of Chowder Bay, on Sydney's lower North Shore and adjacent to Sydney Harbour National Park.

Offering spectacular Harbour views, the venue accommodates 75 people in fully refurbished dormitory-style rooms. A large, light-filled dining room in a bushland setting seats 80 and can be used for multiple purposes. 

More info: Land's Edge, Phone: 02 9969 0038 (international +612 9969 0038)

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Waratah Adventure Tours

Waratah Adventure Tours Waratah Adventure Tours was established in Sydney in 1986 as a small group operator. Since then our company has evolved into a nature-based tour company specialising in accommodated tour modules from Sydney, on the East Coast, the Red Centre, Top End and tropical Far North Queensland.

More info: Waratah Adventure Tours, Phone: 02 9908 4697 (international +612 9908 4697)

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