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.
You can give your neck a great workout looking upwards at the spread of these giants.
The one-hour loop walk follows a creek that ends up 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.
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.
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!
Design Your Own Road Trip!
Here’s the trip out of Sydney to Jamberoo, NSW. The trip map and itinerary is available for you to use as a basis for your own trip at Trip Plan Australia. You can change the Start to your suburb or town (anywhere in Australia) to get more accurate timings. Browse events on in regions you’ll be travelling through, and add/remove attractions and accommodation to the itinerary to suit.