Budderoo National Park
Small but spectacular, Budderoo National Park in the Southern Highlands is notable for its outstanding Minnamurra Rainforest Centre, its sandstone plateau country, sparkling waterfalls and superb views. The plateau provides great walks with shrubby heath, patches of woodland, eucalypt forests and expansive views to the Illawarra coast. Fragments of rainforest thrive in sheltered aspects below the cliff lines. The park’s wildlife includes many nocturnal species, including the brown antechinus and various bats. Birds include gang-gang cockatoos, yellow-tailed black-cockatoos, the threatened eastern bristlebird and nectar-seeking honeyeaters.
In Minnamurra Rainforest – a lush, moist environment of subtropical and warm temperate species – majestic buttressed trees are draped in strangler ﬁgs and epiphytic orchids, and ferns and mosses cling to towering tree trunks. Observant walkers may see or hear the superb lyrebird scratching in the forest’s leaf litter, or glimpse an eastern water dragon warming itself in the sun.
Minnamurra Rainforest Centre (open daily) features informative displays and a raised boardwalk (partly accessible to wheelchairs) through the rainforest canopy. Allow about an hour for the Rainforest Loop Walk (1.6 km, easy). Another highlight is the dramatic Carrington Falls (there are three lookouts), where the Kangaroo River plunges over the escarpment. Walking tracks include the Warris Chair Lookout Track (1 km return, easy) where you can gaze across Kangaroo Valley, and Missingham Lookout Track (3.8 km, easy) for views over Carrington Falls Gorge.
Limited bush camping only; no facilities
Location and access
120 km south-west of Sydney; 15 km south-east of Robertson or 20 km west of Kiama via Jamberoo Mountain Rd then Minnamurra Falls Rd
- NSWNPWS 1300 361 967
- NPWS Fitzroy Falls (02) 4887 7270
- Rainforest Centre (02) 4236 0469
Kiama (02) 4232 3322 or 1300 654 262
Moss Vale/Robertson 1300 657 559
- Bushwalking in Budderoo National Park, Eco-friendly activity