Verdant farmland, spectacular wilderness and a tranquil river make this secluded spot in the Shoalhaven region one of Australia’s most beautiful valleys. Kangaroo Valley is a charming village known for its historic bridge, tea rooms and pies. It’s also a popular destination for kayaking, canoeing, golf and wine tasting.
Explore the Kangaroo River in a kayak from Kangaroo Valley Kayaks or Kangaroo Valley Safaris Kayak and Canoe Hire. Less than 20km away are two spectacular waterfalls: Fitzroy Falls and Gerringong Falls. For a waterside picnic, drive to Tallowa Dam, home to the largest fish lift of its kind in Australia.
Dating back to 1870, the main street evokes a sense of country charm, from its tea rooms to the heritage-listed pub, The Friendly Inn. Stop by the Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop, Kangaroo Valley Bakehouse or Southern Pies Kangaroo Valley for freshly made pies. For dessert, visit the Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery.
Discover fascinating colonial history at the Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum and see the historic Hampden Bridge, Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge, with its large sandstone turrets. There’s also horse riding to enjoy and special events, such as the three-day Kangaroo Folk Festival in October.
Take a short drive to Upper Kangaroo River for wine tasting at Yarrawa Estate. Sample delicious local olives and olive oil at Kangaroo Valley Olives, or attend a cooking class and private tour. You can also hone your culinary skills at Flavours of the Valley, a cooking school that uses local produce.
Kangaroo Valley is nestled between the Southern Highlands and NSW South Coast, about two hours’ drive from both Sydney and Canberra. Accommodation in Kangaroo Valley ranges from luxury spa retreats to holiday cottages and campgrounds.