Minnamurra, New South Wales

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WollongongNew South Wales
Minnamurra Aerial.jpg
Aerial view
Minnamurra is located in New South Wales
Coordinates34°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
Population760 (2016 census)[1]
LGA(s)Municipality of Kiama
State electorate(s)Kiama
Federal Division(s)Gilmore
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] Aboriginal people of the Dharawal language group are the original inhabitants and traditional custodians of the area now known as Minnamurra and its surroundings.[4]

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 and Australia their home.

The centre also provides a café 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 much wildlife and many plants. This rainforest has produced over the years and is becoming a great tourist attraction. It is located 15 km west of Kiama.


  1. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Minnamurra (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 12 July 2017. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "South Coast Line". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 29 November 2006.
  3. ^ "Geographical Names Register Search: Minnamurra". Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Archived from the original on 26 December 2008. Retrieved 9 January 2009.
  4. ^ Council, Kiama Municipal. "Aboriginal Kiama". www.kiama.nsw.gov.au. Retrieved 24 November 2019.