Kangaroo Valley is a lovely historic town, aptly named from the numerous kangaroos that abound the area. In 1977 the pleasant ambience of the entire valley and village was recognised by the National Trust.
An outstanding feature of Kangaroo Valley is the Hampden Bridge across the Kangaroo River with its impressive castellated sandstone towers. Opened to coach and cart traffic in 1898, the bridge was named after the then Governor of New South Wales, Lord Hampden.
While visiting Kangaroo Valley, call in at the Pioneer Farm Museum for a glimpse into life as it was 150 years ago.
Kangaroo Valley is both pretty and dramatic – remnants of rainforest cling to the steep escarpment, while the Kangaroo River and small creeks crisscross the valley. It is the perfect place for a romantic winter escape or a genuine country experience on the South Coast.
What to see & do
- Take in Kangaroo Valley’s beautiful rural scenery
- Browse the shops and galleries, or dine in one of the cafes or restaurants
- Taste the delicious fudge at Kangaroo Valley Fudge House and Ice Creamery
- Make an appointment to visit Kangaroo Valley Olives Centre processing facility and cellar door for fresh olive oil or tasty olives
- Take a self-guided tour of the Hampden Bridge, Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge.
- Join a kayaking or canoeing safari along Kangaroo River to Shoalhaven Gorge
- Visit Pioneer Museum Park – based on a typical 19th century farmhouse
- Enjoy a bush walk or a romantic country escape
Places to visit
For a wonderful dining experience with a warm welcome, great meal and fine wine visit Bistro One46 in historic Kangaroo Valley. Husband and wife team Gerald and Nicole Poelzl offer fresh, appetizing meals with friendly service in a relaxed atmosphere. The grapevine-covered balcony and open indoor fireplace make the multi-award winning Bistro One46 the perfect all-seasons dining venue. Fully licensed with local wines and beers. Group bookings and functions welcome. Open: Breakfast Sat-Sun 8am, Lunch Sat-Wed 11.30am–2.30pm, Dinner Fri–Wed 5.30pm (last orders 8.30pm). Closed: Thu-Fri lunch.
Kangaroo Valley Fudge House specialises in authentic hand made fudges free of gluten, artificial colours, flavours or preservatives. The Kangaroo Valley Fudge House opened 25 years ago and is famous for award winning confections – hand made the old fashioned way – and they still use the same recipes today! Watch them make fudge and brittle while enjoying gourmet Norgen Vaaz ice cream, milkshakes, iced coffee, Verona coffee, hot chocolate and organic tea. Kangaroo Valley Fudge House stocks local and regional produce, Aussie lollies and imported favourites. Open: Wed 12pm-4.30pm, Thu-Sun 10am-4.30pm.
Kangaroo Valley General Store and Newsagency
The Kangaroo Valley General Store and Newsagency is your one-stop shop for all your everyday and weekend needs in Kangaroo Valley. You neednít go without anything with Kangaroo Valley General Store and Newsagency stocking groceries, specialty breads, delicatessen products, fresh meat, eco-friendly and organic products, frozen foods, fresh fruit and vegetables. Kangaroo Valley General Store and Newsagency also has you covered for news and entertainment with newspapers, magazines and DVD hire available. Open: 7 days 7am-6pm.
Kangaroo Valley Olives are growers, producers and purveyors of high quality table olives, olive products and extra virgin olive oils. Kangaroo Valley Olives come from their own groves and are processed in their own dedicated processing plant right here in the valley. Pre-booked tours of their amazing processing facility are available by appointment. You can also purchase their products online or from selected Kangaroo Valley retailers. Open: By appointment only.
Kangaroo Valley Woodcrafts is a family owned business selling quality products for all ages. Kangaroo Valley Woodcrafts is one of Australiaís largest rocking horse dealers, but also sells doll houses, stables, forts, garages, puzzles, trains, planes, automobiles, puppets, furniture and more. For grown-ups there are stock frames, coasters, kitchenware, bowls, mirrors, jewellery boxes and jewellery as well as a large range of authentic Aboriginal products including didgeridoos, boomerangs and puzzles. In house craftsman on site 6 days a week. Open: 7 days 9am-5pm. You can also buy online>>
The Pioneer Museum Park at Kangaroo Valley is an enjoyable location for family and friends to have a picnic, take a bush walk and wander through the museum. The buildings are built to the standards of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and stocked with artefacts from that era. The museum has talking history and visual displays. Visit the dairy, forge, school house, settler’s cottage, Archie Chittick Museum, war remembrance room and much more. Open Fri-Mon, public and school holidays. Read More >>