Minnamurra Rainforest – remnant rainforest near Sydney

by Steven Chater from Trip Plan Australia. Check out Trip Plan’s free Itinerary Planner that will help you make the most of your next road trip through regional and outback Australia.

Having written last month about Sherbrooke Forest, in the interests of Sydney/Melbourne rivalry I thought I should let you know of a wonderful rainforest escape only one and half hours from central Sydney.

Minnamurra Rainforest, a remnant subtropical and warm temperate rainforest on the edge of Budderoo National Park, has been a designated reserve for over 100 years. Over this time its had many visitors, and for good reason – the flora is sensational and something to be experienced.

The standout features are the massive buttressed trees, strangler figs and vines.

Road trip planner Australia - family at base of giant tree in Minnamurra Rainforest

A family at the base of one of the giant trees

You can give your neck a great workout looking upwards at the spread of these giants.

Road trip planner Australia - looking up into the canopy in Minnamurra Rainforest

Looking up into the canopy

The one-hour loop walk follows a creek that ends up feeding the Minnamurra River.

Road trip planner Australia - waterfall in the creek feeding Minnamurra River

One of the waterfalls in the stream feeding the Minnamurra River

With more and more people visiting the reserve, in the latter half of the 20th century pathways and footbridges were constructed to keep the visitor impact contained.

Australian road trip planner - Vines in the Minnamurra Rainforest

Sorry – you can’t play Tarzan, as tempting as the vines may be!

Thus the surface of the walk presents no trouble, with the walk graded as medium due to its elevation. Plenty of rest spots are provided allowing you to stop and really enjoy the fantastic ambience.

Road trip planner Australia - a sunlight fern in Minnamurra Rainforest

It’s well worth stopping to really take in the sensory experience

At the top of the loop you can take an extension to the walk, known as the Falls Walk, which is graded medium/steep. Add an extra hour for this section.

After such a wonderful experience you don’t need to leave straight away. There is a café run by the Dept of National Parks and Wildlife with reasonable prices (eg $11 for a serving of quiche).

We took advantage of the free electric BBQs, with the seating located right next to the running stream. An idyllic setting for lunch!

Road trip planner Australia - BBQ/picnic area at Minnamurra Rainforest

BBQ/picnic area next to stream

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