Kangaroo Valley is a picturesque valley with a cozy little village located in New South Wales. It is a couple of hours drive south of Sydney and makes a great stop for a few hours while passing through or for a weekend or holiday. If you love getting into nature, seeing waterfalls, going on bush walks and spending time in a cute village with quirky shops, then you will love a visit to Kangaroo Valley. Discover now what this New South Wales village has to offer you.
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How to Get to Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley is a valley with a small village. You can get to Kangaroo Valley a few ways. All are by winding your way over and down different mountains. Be prepared for a windy road with many hair pin bends on your journey to Kangaroo Valley. From New South Wales Southern Highlands you will come down Barrengarry Mountain. While if coming from Berry you can travel over Berry Mountain. If coming from Nowra you will travel over Mount Camberwarra. You can always stop in and get great views over the Shoalhaven Region from the top of Mount Camberwarra. Glimpses of Kangaroo Valley are seen while driving in however, there aren’t many places to pull off the road to get photos of this majestic valley.
What to See and Do in Kangaroo Valley
For a tiny village in a beautiful valley Kangaroo Valley surprisingly has many great things to see and do.
Historic Hampden Bridge
Be greeted by Hampdon Bridge in Kangaroo Valley
Arriving in Kangaroo Valley village from the north after coming down Barrengarry Mountain you will be met by the historic Hampden Bridge. This heritage listed one lane suspension bridge spans over the Kangaroo River flowing below. It was first opened in 1898 and became a valuable link between the Southern Highlands and the New South Wales south coast. You cannot stop on the bridge but you can stop either side to get great photo shot showing the castle-like sandstone towers.
Walk Along the Main Street
Take a walk along the Main Street of Kangaroo Valley and you will discover many old buildings. Many of them housing unique gifts and local produce like the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery or Sweet As Kangaroo Valley for locally-made fudge and lollies. Or my favourite, the Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse for great pies and cakes. There are a number of coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy. Stop in for a pub lunch at The Friendly Inn, Kangaroo Valley’s pub. The pub is located in the heart of Kangaroo Valley and is one of the oldest pubs in the region having been established in 1892.
Kayak along Kangaroo River
Kayaking on Kangaroo River is a great experience. Be treated to calm waters and several rapids while seeing spectacular scenery and if lucky, some wildlife. You can rent a kayak at the Tourist Park. It is a fun thing to do solo or with your family or friends.
Do A Cooking Course
If you love cooking, but more specifically cooking with local produce consider honing your culinary skills at Flavours of the Valley. This cooking school uses local produce to create culinary delights. But if you are a bit of a food, there are a number of places in Kangaroo Valley to purchase and eat local produce like olives and cheese.
Drive to Fitzroy Falls
A 5-minute walk to Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls flowing
View as you approach Fitzroy Falls
Up close and personal with Fitzroy Falls
On a 15 minute drive or so from Kangaroo Valley you will find the Fitzroy Falls in Morton National Park. Morton National Park is a spectacular national park and a great place for outdoor lovers. There are many walking tracks to discover plus you have the beautiful Fitzroy Falls. Just a short 5 minute walk from the car park, walk through a tropical rainforest to the falls and beautiful views over the valley. The falls plunge over 80 metres into the valley below. The falls are named after Sir Charles Fitzroy, the Governor of NSW who visited during his tenure in the 1850s.
Step Back in Time at the Pioneer Settlement Museum
This little museum in Kangaroo Valley has many buildings built to the standards of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Here you can walk around and discover many artefacts from the era including a settler’s cottage, dairy and much more. It isn’t open everyday and there is a small entrance fee. Get details for visiting the Kangaroo Valley Museum here.
Where to Stay in Kangaroo Valley
Many people fall in love with Kangaroo Valley and want to stay longer. Or they like to use Kangaroo Valley as a base to explore Nowra and the Shoalhaven region on the New South Wales south coast or the Southern Highlands and visit towns such as Bowral where you could visit the Bradman Museum. There are a number of accommodation options available to help you extend your stay in Kangaroo Valley. They include two holiday parks, Kangaroo Valley Glenmack Park and The Tourist Park and Holiday Haven Park. Looking for a hotel consider Wildes Hotel Kangaroo Valley only 350m from the centre of town.
Are You Ready to Visit Kangaroo Valley?
I have visited Kangaroo Valley many times as my sister lives on the New South Wales south coast. I often use Kangaroo Valley as a cut through to get to her place on the coast when I drive up the Hume Highway from Melbourne. And we often go for a drive for lunch there or pass through on the way to the Southern Highlands. Have you visited Kangaroo Valley? I’d love to hear in the comments.