About Kangaroo Valley
Kangaroo Valley is a National
Trust classified village located just two hours from
Sydney and Canberra in the New South Wales South Coast
region. Close to the Southern Highlands, Kangaroo Valley
is a stunningly picturesque valley nestled between steep
escarpments, and the beautiful white sandy beaches of
the South Coast.
The surrounding escarpments are covered by rainforest,
a beautiful clean river weaves its way through the patchwork
quilt of farms, and several other small creeks criss
cross the valley.
In 1812, surveyor and explorer George Evans was the
first European to sight Kangaroo Valley whilst returning
his exploration of Jervis Bay. He claimed he had a
painter could beautify."
In 1817, Charles
Throsby, an explorer and Captain Richard Brooks, a cattleman,
opened up the area for white
settlement. At this time Kangaroo Valley was part
of the tribal
lands of the Wodi-Wodi Aborigines.
Kangaroo Valley became popular for its cedar trees
prized for their exquisite timber used for cabinet
furniture. Dairy farmers followed the cedar cutters
and transformed the picturesque Kangaroo Valley
endless rolling green pastures and patch work quilt
that is seen
Kangaroo Valley include, a post office, newsagent, bottle-shop,
bakery, general store,
Things to do
Kangaroo Valley has won several tourism
awards and is well equipped with facilities for visitors.
During your stay in Kangaroo Valley you can enjoy shopping,
browsing art galleries. Relax over a cup of coffee in one
of several cafes or enjoy a fine meal in one of the restaurants.
Kangaroo Valley offers numerous places to enjoy a
bike ride including sealed country roads and mountain
You can bring your own bike or hire one in the village.
Kangaroo Valley offers 25 different walks in and around
the Valley. The walks range in difficulty from gentle
strolls around the village, to difficult bush walks
suited to experienced walkers. A National Parks and
Wildlife booklet describing the walks is available
from several of the shops in Kangaroo Valley.
Tallowa Dam , Lake Yarrunga and the Kangaroo River are
all well stocked with Australian Bass. A fresh water
fishing licence is required, and can be purchased in
the village, bag limits also apply.
Relax and enjoy a picnic with the family at one of
many picnic areas around the village. BBQ and picnic
are located on both sides of the river near the Hampden
Four tennis courts are available for hire in Kangaroo
Kangaroo Valley offers a swimming pool in the village
with life guards on duty. Other swimming holes
are located at various places along the river, however
these do not
have life guards.
Places to Visit
Located along Bendeela Rd, approximately 12 kms from the
village, Bendeela is offers a great opportunity to
see wombats in the wild. These large, hairy, marsupials
come out to feed in the late afternoon. There is also
a picnic area and places to swim.
Just a short scenic drive via Barrengarry Mountain
takes you to Fitzroy Falls, in the Morton National
82 metres from the ravine to the ground floor these spectacular
falls can be easily viewed from a lookout. Several bushwalks
also offer spectacular views of the falls.
George Wiley Bridge
The George Wiley suspension bridge was erected in 1931
over Broger's Creek. It was constructed by local dairy
farmers and a blacksmith who had no technical expertise
or experience in bride construction. The bridge is
63 metres in length, and during its time supported
2 tonnes. A concrete bypass is now used for traffic.
Kangaroo Valley’s most photographed landmark, Hampden
Bridge spans the Kangaroo River. Opened in 1898, this is
the oldest suspension bridge in Australia and the third
largest in the state. The bridge is noted for the castellated
towers at either end, which support the cables and resemble
the turrets of a medieval castle.
John Horbury Hunt a well known architect designed
several buildings in Kangaroo Valley including
Public School (1880), The Anglican Church of the
Good Shepherd and the Rectory (1889).
Manning Lookout offers some of the most dramatic
views over Kangaroo Valley and well worth a visit.
Pioneer Farm Museum
Based on an an 1865 farmhouse, the Pioneer Farm
Museum, is located adjacent to Hampden Cottage.
was originally located at Bendeela but had
to be relocated
Dam was constructed. The farm house is faithfully
furnished by the historical society to the
Approximately 24 kms from the village, Tallowa
Dam is located on Mt Scanzi Rd. Situated
in a beautiful Australian
setting this quiet lake offers canoe launching
fishing, and BBQ facilities.
Upper Kangaroo River
The beautiful Upper Kangaroo River offers
an ideal place to enjoy a picnic, or go
swimming at Flat
Long, sunny summer days,
perfect for swimming; and cool, crisp winter nights,
ideal for enjoying an open fire are characteristic of
Kangaroo Valley’s climate.
The average temperatures in the shoalhaven area which encompasses
Kangaroo Valley are:
temperatures: 6 degrees Celsius to 16 degrees Celsius
Average Summer temperature: 16 degrees Celsius to 26
Kangaroo Valley can be approached from either
- Moss Vale - from Sydney take the M5 and continue
onto the Hume Highway. Follow the sign posts to Moss
Vale along the Illawarra Highway. Continue to Burrawang,
then Fitzroy Falls. From Fitzroy Falls, the Moss Vale
Road winds its way down to the village of Kangaroo
- Berry - from Sydney take the Princes Hwy to Berry
and continue on to Bomaderry. At Bomaderry take Cambewarra
Road and continue onto Moss Vale road which leads
you into Kangaroo Valley.
offers a wide range of accommodation, suited to all budgets,
families, a romantic getaway, pet friendly vacation or
an active outdoor experience. Accommodation includes
bed and breakfasts, self contained cottages and houses,
a motel, and caravan parks.
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