Minnamurra, New South Wales

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Minnamurra
WollongongNew South Wales
Minnamurra Aerial.jpg
Aerial view
Minnamurra is located in New South Wales
Minnamurra
Minnamurra
Coordinates 34°37′30″S 150°51′07″E / 34.62500°S 150.85194°E / -34.62500; 150.85194Coordinates: 34°37′30″S 150°51′07″E / 34.62500°S 150.85194°E / -34.62500; 150.85194
Population 545 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2533
LGA(s) Municipality of Kiama
State electorate(s) Kiama
Federal Division(s) Gilmare
Suburbs around Minnamurra:
Shell Cove
Dunmore Minnamurra
Kiama Downs

Minnamurra is a suburb in the Illawarra region of New South Wales, Australia, in the Municipality of Kiama. It has a station (opened 1891[2]) on CityRail South Coast line. The Minnamurra River flows into the ocean at Minnamurra. There is a sandy beach and a sand spit at the river mouth.

The name Minnamurra means "plenty of fish" in the local Aboriginal dialect.[3]

Within a two-hour drive south of Sydney, the Minnamurra Rainforest Centre is located just 15 km west of Kiama on the NSW South Coast (Tourist Drive ’9’). The centre offers visitors an opportunity to experience a rare rainforest remnant which is representative of the once extensive rainforests of the Illawarra region.

The sandstone canyon in which the centre is located enables visitors to experience the various types of rainforest and examine the diversity of ferns species. Visitors can see first hand the fauna of the area such as lyrebirds, Australian Water Dragons and a host of bird species which make Minnamurra their home.

The centre also provides a cafe for light meals, snacks and refreshments, and a barbecue/picnic area. The visitor centre has a retail shop where visitors can select from a wide range of Australian made products, environmental publications, and souvenirs as a reminder of their visit to Minnamurra Rainforest.

Minnamurra Public School is the local school for the Minnamurra, Kiama Downs and Gainsborough area. Minnamurra Rainforest is a beautiful forest with lots of wildlife and plants. This rainforest has produced over the years and is becoming a great tourist attraction. It is located 15km west of Kiama.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Minnamurra (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ "South Coast Line". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 2006-11-29. 
  3. ^ "Geographical Names Register Search: Minnamurra". Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 2009-01-09.