Kangaroo Valley is a valley and small town in New South Wales, two hours drive from Sydney and Canberra. The Kangaroo River runs through the valley’s wildlife-rich rainforests and countryside. The Hampden Bridge, a Victorian suspension bridge is Australia’s last surviving wooden bridge. It has four large sandstone turrets on either end of the suspension that crosses the river.
Kangaroo Valley is one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys with a tranquil river, verdant farms, enchanting wilderness and a delightful village. The valley in the Shoalhaven region of NSW is a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing, golf and wine tasting.
What to do
The main street retains a country charm, dated back to the 1870’s. That charm extends to its team rooms and the Friendly Inn Hotel, a local pub. Be sure to stop in at the Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop at Barrengarry Old Store. The pies are made fresh daily in the shop and are delicious. For sweet handmade delights, visit the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House.
The Kangaroo River flows through the secluded valley, nestled between the Southern Highlands and the South Coast. Explore the river in a kayak from Kangaroo Valley Kayaks or Kangaroo Valley Safaris Kayak and Canoe Hire. You’ll find plenty of places to stay, ranging from luxury spa retreats to holiday cottages and campgrounds.
Among the many other things to do and see, discover fascinating colonial history at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum that has displays on early settlers dating back to the 19th century. Enjoy horseriding and special events, such as the three-day Kangaroo Folk Festival.
Take a short drive to Yarrawa Estate, in Upper Kangaroo River, for wine tasting. Taste delicious local olives and olive oil from Kangaroo Valley Olives. they also offer cooking classes and private group tours. You can also hone your culinary skills using local produce at Flavours of the Valley, a cooking school.
Gorgeous waterfalls are less than 20km away with the spectacular Fitzroy Falls in the Morton National Park and the pretty Gerringong Falls. There are also some great bushwalks around the falls. For a waterside barbecue and picnic, drive to Tallowa Dam, home to the largest fish lift of its kind in Australia.