Kangaroo Valley is a small town two hours' drive southwest of Sydney, New South Wales.
Kangaroo Valley is a fully enclosed valley seated between the New South Wales South Coast and the Southern Highlands. It is an idyllic location, with a small town that offers an old suspension bridge and a number of historic buildings and antique stores to browse. At the same time, please don't rely on the 'Kangaroo' part of the name: there's close to nothing related to kangaroos in this place, which, frankly speaking, doesn't make this place less beautiful.
From Sydney: (approx 150 km) take Eastern Distributor, then S Western Motorway/Freeway, then Hume Highway, then Old Hume Highway, then follow the signs to Fitzroy Falls - Kangaroo Valley is just 10+ km drive further the same road. Please be advised that some built-in GPS devices show Moss Vale Rd (Kangaroo Valley's main road) as Cambewarra Rd.
- On Foot. The village is tiny and all buildings are just a few minutes away so walking is the best choice. But note that Hampden Bridge is over a kilometre away from the village.
- By Bicycle. Cycling around the area is a pleasure and there's a 10km circuit that includes fording the Kangaroo River. Several shops offer bicycle rental for about $35 for three hours. There is a footway/bicycle lane parallel to Moss Vale Road for safe cycling.
- By Car. Car is the preferred choice to see the attractions away from the village or simply to enjoy the idyllic scenery.
- A very relaxing and beautiful route travels along Upper Kangaroo River Road. The road is the first junction to the right north of Hampden Bridge, just after the left junction to Bendeela. The last kilometres of the road are unsealed and lead to the flat rock, a beautiful spot for a picnic. The minor roads out of the main road are unsealed and lead to tranquil and beautiful spots.
- A scenic route south of the village of Kangaroo Valley will take you to Cambewarra Lookout. The lookout is just off the road to Nowra, and the views over the Shoalhaven river and Jervis Bay are breathtaking. The road that leads to the lookout continues along the ridge, with several views of the coast on the right, and Kangaroo Valley on the left. Take the road until it ends in a minor road to Berry. At the junction turn left and descent back to the valley.
- Hampden Bridge. Dating 1989, this is the only surviving suspension bridge from the colonial period of New South Wales. The stone pillars tower over the river below.
- Golf at the Kangaroo Valley Golf Club - hiring a golf cart is recommended.
- Fishing in either the river or one of the surrounding dams - freshwater licence required ($5 for 3 days).
- Kayak down the Kangaroo River. Several places offer canoes and kayaks hire for about 2-hour self-guided tours. Rates typically include transportation to the entry point at Hampden Bridge and from the exit at Bendeela. The river has several rapids of grade 1 (in a scale of 1 to 6, grade 1 are the easiest) that make the trip exciting for beginners.
- Glenmack Park, 215 Moss Valley Road (At Kangaroo Valley village, next to the show ground), ☎ 02 4465 1372, . A convenient choice for those staying at the village. $35.
- Kangaroo Valley Tourist Park, (At Hampden Bridge), ☎ 02 4465 1310, . They are just at the entry point at Hampden Bridge. $35.
- Bushwalk (hike). There are all kinds of bush walks around Kangaroo Valley. You must get the "Walks Guide - Kangaroo Valley and Adjacent National Parks" available for around Au$7 at many of the shops in the valley. However, don't expect the walks described within to be well signed, and when they say difficult they mean it. But it will get you into some really beautiful spots.
There are a couple of antique stores around town which sell various types of product. You may find some of them overly twee, but then again there are those who thrive on such shops.
- Ampol petrol and groceries, 32 moss vale rd, kangaroo valley, NSW, Australia. Don't be fooled by the petrol station exterior. There is an entire grocery store packed in there; not just your gas station convenience store either. Best selection of groceries of any of the places in Kangaroo Valley.
There are various cafés, bakeries and milk bars around town, as well as a few restaurants. Check out the pizzeria - it's really good.
- Jing Jo, 2038 Moss Vale Road, ☎ 44 651 314. Open from Thursday to Monday, it's overlooking the historic Hampden Bridge. Breakfast and lunch are modern Australian, dinner is Thai cuisine. Fully licensed.
- Kangaroo Valley Pizza, 160 Moss Vale road, Kangaroo Valley, NSW, Australia. A descent pizza place with some outside tables. Offering takeaway as well as eat in pizza. Also serving breakfast and coffee; the coffee is exactly what you would expect from a pizza place.
- The Friendly Inn, 159 Moss Vale Road (Right in the center of Kangaroo Valley village), ☎ 02 4465 1133. Offers a wide range of beers and bistro dinner. An ideal place to watch your Footy game.
- Roveroak Lodge, 149a Moss vale Road, Kangaroo Valley 2577 NSW, ☎ +61 2 4465 2123. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 10AM. A decent place to spend a night in. Rooms are small, and you can't fit 3 persons into one room, but couple will enjoy the room layout. Rooms don't have TVs in them, and the internet is available only from the extra-slow pre-2000 PC sitting near the entrance. $100-160.
- Glenmack Park, 215 Moss Vale Road (Next to the show ground), ☎ 02 4465 1372, . checkin: 1pm; checkout: 10am. This is a family and pet friendly place that offers cabins from $50 and camping sites from $10 per person. They also rent kayaks.
- Kangaroo Valley Tourist Park, Moss Vale Road (Next to Hampden Bridge), ☎ 1300 559 977, . This tourist park offers camping sites, bunk bed accommodation ($35) and cabins of various sizes from $70.
Wi-fi connections are available around town. Jing Jo has free wi-fi for patrons. The computer store behind the pizz place offers paid wi-fi. The town does have good 3G data service.
- Take a trip to Fitzroy Falls.
- Greenwell Point, (About 10 Km SE of Berry on the coast). A cute town on a beautiful bay. Worth a 1/2 day trip.