Wet Weather Activities
It’s no coincidence that relaxation tracks use the sound of raindrops to help relieve stress. In fact, a rainy day could be exactly what
you’ve been looking for...
You know the signs. The clouds roll in, the sky darkens and umbrellas appear. Rainy days are like nature’s permission note – inviting us to sink into cosy couches and enjoy hot drinks, good books, blankets, and binge-worthy shows. But here in Kiama, they can offer you so much more.
The pitter patter of raindrops is not just a welcome sound for the many farmers and growers who make up a big part of our region. It's also a great opportunity for you to explore somewhere new or see nature at its most spectacular.
So grab that umbrella, put on that jacket and fog up those windows – as we share our cosy list of rainy day suggestions.
• Marvel at the glistening beauty of the Minnamurra Rainforest! (The clue is in the name.)
• Kiama Library and Family History Centre (Railway Parade).
• Enjoy a cheeky browse along Kiama’s Terrace Houses, Terralong and Manning St shops.
• Visit Gerringong’s unique stores and eateries.
• Sip a hot drink in one of the many cosy, warm cafés.
• Indulge in a massage or pamper yourself at a day spa.
• Swim, hire courts or do a gym session or class at the Leisure Centre on Havilah Place.
• If Netflix isn’t on offer, hire a DVD (outside Woolies) or attend Gerringong’s monthly Pics n Flicks.
• Check out Johnny Warren’s football memorabilia (or maybe a live gig) at Jamberoo Pub.
• Take the train through the tunnels south from Kiama.
• Head approx 15 minutes north to catch a new movie, ride go-karts, go ten pin bowling or visit the HARS Aviation Museum.
• Brave the weather and enjoy Kiama’s blowholes – often at their best in rainy weather.
• Grab a book, listen to the rain and enjoy being on holiday!
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.Learn More