Nature & Wildlife

The Kiama region sets the perfect scene for a budding adventure. Our region spans 30 kilometres between Minnamurra River and crooked River and the area showcases some of the very best that nature has to offer. Go deep sea fishing, surf at one of our many fabulous beaches or take the boardwalk through Minnamurra Rainforest's centuries-old temperate rainforest filled with ferns, fig trees and lyrebirds. Nature abounds on the South Coast!

Australian Seabird Rescue

Kiama

Based in Wollongong and covering the Illawarra region and beyond, ASR South Coast was launched on 28 October 2005 under the leadership of Julie Dunn. Since then, the branch's profile and membership has steadily expanded, now actively covering the much of the coast south of Sydney.Australian Seabird Rescue is a grass-roots community group with a passion for coastal wildlife rescue and conservation.Australian Seabird Rescue was established at Ballina, NSW in 1992.The main species that are rescued include pelicans, seabirds and waterbirds, In 1998 ASR expanded to marine reptiles as well. The Australian Seabird Resuce also works closley with the National Parks and ORCA.If you see an injured bird or marine animal please contact ASR for assistance.

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Dolphin Watch Cruises

Huskisson NSW

Dolphin Watch Cruises was one of the first Dolphin and Whale Watching companies to begin operations in Australia and has now been cruising Jervis Bay for over 20 years!Our commitment to, and experience in, responsible and sustainable dolphin and whale watching has been rewarded with over 30 local and state tourism awards and has earned us the reputation as the leading cruise company on the south coast of NSW.

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Escape Kayak Tours

Killalea State Park NSW

Escape Kayak Tours is a kayak adventure business operating on the beautiful Minnamurra River. Our aim is to introduce people to the pleasure of kayaking in a relaxing natural environment, paddling on one of nature's most spectacular rivers on the South Coast of NSW. Come & experience a 2 1/2 hour guided kayak journey along the majestic Minnamurra River & the beautiful surrounding coastal area of Killalea State Park. Discover the clear tidal waters of the sandy Minnamurra Inlet, explore the sheltered mangroves of Rocklow Creek, observe the diverse marine, bird & wildlife & explore the river's natural beauty. See the spectacular Mystics Beach & the unique Rangoon Island. Come & learn the basics of kayaking. Specialising in individuals, couples & small groups of up to 8 people. Package includes:Fully qualified 'Australian Canoeing' kayak guideSingle or double seated 'Australis' sea kayaks Paddles & PFDs (Life jackets)Sunscreen Paddling tuition by our friendly guideEscape Kayak Tours fleet consists of a mix of single and double seated sea kayaks. 'Gift Vouchers available'NSW Maritime licence - HDO 830

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Illawarra Fly Tree Top Adventures

Knights Hill NSW

Discover Illawarra's highest natural high.New Zipline Adventure at Illawarra Fly!Now open is the awe-inspiring Illawarra Fly Zipline Adventure! Kids and adults alike will be able to swoop amongst the tree canopies and experience the thrill of a lifetime at Australia's highest zipline.The award winning Illawarra Fly Treetop Adventures is one of Australia's premier treetop walk and zipline experiences. High above the native rainforest, the treetop walk features two gently swaying cantilevered arms, and a central tower raised nearly 50 metres from the forest floor. Positioned 710 metres above sea level, the stunning views take in everything from the rainforest floor into the canopy and out to the Pacific Ocean.Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, wheelchair and pram accessible and those with limited mobility can take advantage of the free courtesy cart to get them to and from the steel walkway. Onsite licensed cafe and gift shop.Located under 2 hours from Sydney and Canberra, making it an ideal day trip.Cafe 106 Licensed cafe serving brunch, lunch and afternoon tea.PRODUCTSGuided Sunrise Tours Take place on the 2nd Saturday of every month and runs for 3 hours from 6am to 9am depending on the time of year. Early birds are greeted with coffee on arrival and are rewarded with a full hot breakfast on return to Cafe 106. Just $65 per person including guided tour, treetop walk and hot breakfast.Zipline Tours The zipline experience can take up to 2.5 hours as it includes the self-guided Treetop Walk for you to enjoy the forest from a different perspective before or after your Zipline TourBOOK NOW! Book your Illawarra Fly Zipline Tour now and be one of the first to experience the highest zipline in Australia. Call 1300 362 or email info@illawarrafly.com

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Illawarra Walks

Illawarra NSW

Illawarra Walks – what we do? Illawarra Walks provides guided and self-paced 1, 3, 6, 7-8 days walking holidays exploring the Illawarra region, which is arguably the most picturesque coastal and wilderness area in Australia. The best way to discover the ecological, historical and geological wonders of the Illawarra is on foot. Holidays with Illawarra Walks offers the active tourist a unique opportunity to enjoy the incredible landscapes beaches and wildlife, to create memories that will last a lifetime as they cross the Illawarra’s stunning mountains and coast line. Guests will be spoiled in guest houses and B&Bs in the picturesque coastal towns, and have the opportunity to dine at the local Illawarra restaurants. Guests luggage is transported to their accommodation while they enjoy walking between destinations. Illawarra Walks field guides are local geologists and environmentalists who are intimately familiar with the area's environmental, historical and geological aspects, and are passionate to share local stories with you along the track.

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Into the Wild Nature Tours Australia

Kiama NSW

Into the Wild Nature Tours Australia is a nature tourism business based in Kiama on South Coast of NSW, Australia, offering small group wildlife tours. The business owner and operator, Darren O’Connell, is the Head Tour Guide and a Master’s Degree qualified Wildlife Ecologist, and has worked in environmental education for over 25 years. Darren started ‘Into the Wild Nature Tours’ to share some of most spectacular landscapes in Australia with overseas and other visitors, and to educate guests about the natural and cultural heritage of the region. With just a few tours on offer, it allows the company to focus on the best spots that guests would want to experience and return home with lifelong memories (and some amazing photos!!). Tours available include the stunning white sands and crystal clear waters of Jervis Bay, the challenging Kiama Coast Walk and the eye catching waterfalls and wildlife of Kangaroo Valley.

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Jervis Bay Wild

Huskisson NSW

Jervis Bay Wild offers a range of breathtaking Whale Watching & Dolphin cruise options for you, your family and your friends to enjoy all year-round. Whale Watching and Dolphin Watching with us in beautiful Jervis Bay is a fantastic way to experience the excitement of pure nature like never beforeWith a variety of cruise and adventure offerings, Jervis Bay Wild is the premier eco-tourism company in the region. Our most popular trips, our dolphin eco cruise and our whale watching tour, are some of the highest rated and most beloved experiences to be had on Jervis Bay. On your next holiday to this beautiful area, why not book a cruise with Jervis Bay Wild?

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Kangaroo Valley Horseriding

Kangaroo Valley NSW

Kangaroo Valley horse riding with your hosts Geoff & Gail.When you want to go horse riding in NSW, Kangaroo Valley Horse Riding offers well trained, alert and responsive horses that will accommodate both expert and nervous beginner riders. We will teach you how to interact with our beautiful animals so that your experience is even more special.The Mountain Trail Rides/Horse Rides climb through lush rainforest on Mt Moollootoo, one of the highest mountains in the Kangaroo Valley (530 meters above sea level). From the peak of Moollootoo there are panoramic views of the property, the Morton National park, Lake Yurunga and the Kangaroo River, some of the most beautiful horse riding in Australia, a perfect backdrop for photographs of cowboys and cowgirls on horseback.The mountain trail ride is suitable for adults and children over 10 years of age.We also offer a junior horsemanship program for children between 6 and 9 years. Participants are taught how to behave around horses and how to groom and saddle a horse, they are then given a practical riding lesson on horseback in the safety of an arena.

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Kangaroo Valley Safaris & Canoe Hire

Kangaroo Valley NSW

The soft adventure & eco-tourism specialists setting the standard since 1993. Canoe or kayak Kangaroo Valley and enjoy the pristine waters, the spectacular views, rainforest and abundant wildlife!Award Winning Kangaroo Valley Safaris specialise in self guided eco safaris that include: Overnight canoe and kayak safaris on the Kangaroo River, Lake Yarrunga and the spectacular Shoalhaven Gorge.Combine all 3 trips to extend your stay. Enjoy the peace and the wildlife of the Morton National Park, no power boats, just the noise of the birds.Our fleet is the latest in canoes, touring and sea kayaks. We now have a brand new fleet of 2009 model Merida Mountain Bikes for hire.

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Minnamurra Rainforest Centre

Jamberoo NSW

A rare tract of subtropical and temperate rainforests on the NSW South Coast. Part of the Budderoo National Park. Park entry fees: $12 per vehicle per day (Minnamurra Rainforest area only). Bus or taxi: $4.40 per adult and $2.20 per child.The Minnamurra Rainforest is a multi award winning attraction located in Budderoo National Park, a short fifteen minute drive west of Kiama past the village of Jamberoo (off Tourist Drive No 9)Visitors can experience the spender and beauty of this rare remnant of subtropical and warm temperate rainforests which is representative of the once extensive rainforests of the Illawarra region.Visitors regularly see first hand the fauna of the area such as the normally elusive Lyrebird, the Eastern Water Dragons, Swamp Wallabies and a host of bird species which make Minnamurra their home.Leading from the Information Centre, visitors commence their rainforest experience along a network of elevated walkways and paved tracks. Meandering through the rainforest is the Loop Walk, a 1.6km walk which is linked by suspension bridges across the Minnamurra Rivulet.The first 500m of this walk provides for assisted wheelchair access. Visitors should allow 45mins - 1 hour to complete this walk.Half way around the Loop visitors are able to deviate up the paved Falls Walk (2.6km return). This walk is a little more challenging offering the reward of spectacular views over the rainforest canopy and the gorge carved by Minnamurra Rivulet. The walk concludes with a viewing platform and rest area at the base of the Upper Falls.Total of both walks is 4.2km walk distance and visitors should allow 2 hours.Other facilities include visitor information services, a retail shop, a Cafe for light meals and refreshment, Picnic and BBQ facilities. Guided Tours are available by prior booking.No Smoking in Parks PolicyAs from 1st May 2016 smoking will prohibited in all national parks in New South Wales.The National Parks & Wildlife Regulations 2009 (NPW Regulation) prohibits smoking in parks, (clause 15A, effective from 1 May 2016).This Policy applies to all lands acquired or reserved under the NPWS Act 1974, including lands managed by National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) under Part 11 of the Act.Under the new regulation, a person can be fined up to $550 for smoking where the ban applies.Minnamurra Rainforest is proudly managed by the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service.

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