Nestled between the Cambewarra and Barrengarry Mountains and on the banks of the Kangaroo River lies the charming country village of Kangaroo Valley. Located only an easy two hour drive away from Sydney, Kangaroo Valley makes for the perfect getaway from the hustle and bustle of big city living or touring. Picture majestic mountain and valleys, secluded creeks and swimming holes with barley anyone there and a thriving culinary and winery scene. Dreaming of a trip there yet? Here are four reasons why you need to grab a car or hop on the next train and make a beeline to Kangaroo Valley.
Delicious Local Eats and Wineries Abound!
From some of the best pies in Australia to the unrivaled home-cooked goodness of the General Cafe, the eateries in Kangaroo Valley don’t disappoint. If you’re on the hunt for a classic Aussie steak or a chicken parmie with an ice cold bevvy, look no further than The Friendly Inn Hotel. Choose from a range of Aussie or international beers, wines or spirits at one of regions oldest pubs. Those feeling a lil more adventurous can participate in the Highland Valley Forage in the Springtime. Join experts on hunting and cooking your own wild edible greens – talk about taking farm to table to a whole new level!
Got a sweet tooth? The Valley has got you! Indulge your taste buds with award winning fudge and freshly baked goods at the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House & Ice Creamery!
Fancy a glass of vino whilst admiring the mountains surrounding you? The Southern Highlands region (where Kangaroo Valley) is situated is home to over 60 wineries. Sip on award-winning wines whilst sampling local produce such as Angus beef, yabbies, olives and truffles at one of the region’s many wineries.
BONUS: Don’t forget to check out the Berry Donut Van!
Okay, the Berry Donut Van isn’t technically in Kangaroo Valley. However the drive is not too far away and totally worth the little detour for freshly fried donuts and a good ole choci thick shake. After all, the queues and raving Instagram reviews don’t lie.
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Nature lovers – you are spoilt for choice in Kangaroo Valley! The Valley is home to the flora and fauna rich Morton National Park, where the incredible Fitzroy Falls is located. Lace up the hiking boots and relax to the sounds of the crashing waterfalls and songs of crickets and birds on the various hiking trails around the park.
Worked up a sweat from hiking? Check out the Flat Rock swimming hole, a wide open area with native bushes and trees and streams of water running over, you guessed it, flat rocks. A picture perfect picnic spot after a cheeky arvo swim!
Those looking to explore the Valley via the waters on a kayak or canoe are in luck! Hop on a five kilometre self guided journey with Kangaroo Valley Safaris or Kangaroo Valley Kayaks and ride the gentle rapids and waves of the Kangaroo River.
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Antiques and Handicraft Stores Galore!
There is something special and so fun about shopping at the antique and handicraft stores in regional NSW and shopping at one of Kangaroo Valley’s various antique stores is no exception. Take a nostalgic trip back memory lane by hitting up the local favourite, Grandpa’s Shed. From comic books, 1980s Arrnotts decor, to an envious glassware collection, antique lovers will love scouring for vintage gems here!
Regional NSW Charm And Friendliness
Who doesn’t love the laid back vibes and friendliness of regional NSW? Kangaroo Valley packs a punch lot lotta regional charm into one tiny country village. Take a stroll along the heritage styled main street of the Valley and you will fall instantly in love with the timeless architecture and the welcoming locals. With devastating effects of both the bush fires and COVID-19, there has never been a better time to hit the road with an #EmptyEsky to support and visit regional towns and local businesses.
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Trip Notes – How To Get There From Sydney
By car: Take the highway route via the Hume Motorway/ M31
By train: Hop on the Southern NSW line from Central to Moss Vale station. From Moss Vale station, transfer to the 810 bus towards Nowra, which will take you directly to the centre of Kangaroo Valley.