Kangaroo Valley is a most beautiful valley, nestled between two mountains and located only two hours south of Sydney. Developed thanks to the dairy industry, Kangaroo Valley, NSW offers a gorgeous combination of rolling hills, green fields, quaint farms and a charming village, all quietly secluded in a mix of wilderness and farmland. The relative isolation of Kangaroo Valley means the time has somewhat stopped, the village of Osborne hasn’t changed much in over a hundred years. This is why you should take a day trip from Sydney to Kangaroo Valley.
Day Trip from Sydney to Kangaroo Valley
There are many little towns in regional NSW worth a drive. Kangaroo Valley can come as a surprise on the road, you take a small road, climb a hill, turn a corner and it appears suddenly, in all its green and lush majesty… Who would have thought it was there?
A Quiet Little Town
Australia’s countryside lends itself very well to outdoor activities, such as kayaking, bushwalking, horse riding and camping. Why not try the wines at a Kangaroo Valley winery?
Kangaroo Valley Restaurants
I very recently discovered that the small village at the heart of Kangaroo Valley is called Osborne, but it seems to be still referred to as Kangaroo Valley. When we first visited Kangaroo Valley for a friend’s wedding, it was an unassuming township with a pub and vintage-looking petrol station.
Food options felt a little limited so we kept our lunch explorations for Berry. This time around though, we discovered The General of Kangaroo Valley and what a find! In my opinion, the homemade food and drink of this friendly little cafe are well worth a try.
Located in a nicely renovated building on the main drag, The General of Kangaroo Valley offers coffee, cakes, light meals and homemade pickles and drinks. The interior is nicely styled with art books and well-thought-of decor and colour scheme. The blackboard and rustic furniture give a vintage/country feel without being overdone or pretentious.
They make all the food onsite, simple and based on fresh and seasonal ingredients. I really liked their take on jacket potatoes and ploughman’s lunch. Drinks such as lemonade, smoothies, milkshakes and kombucha are also homemade.
There is a shaded deck area at the back.
The Friendly Inn Pub is the Kangaroo Valley pub and a grand old lady at the centre of the village. Have a pint or a lemon squash and enjoy a truly retro experience!
Kangaroo Valley Accommodation
You can find plenty of accommodation in Kangaroo Valley on Airbnb. The NSW countryside around Kangaroo Valley is very peaceful and very green!
A Spot of Shopping
Kangaroo Valley doesn’t compete with Berry yet in regards to shopping but some of its shops are quite unique. And the fact that there aren’t too many shops means a slow pace about town and that’s fine by me.
The Nostalgia Galleries have an eclectic collection of gifts, bric-a-brac, books and retro-style objects.
The Wood Galleries are worth a visit. They stock various wooden objects, lovingly made in Kangaroo Valley, it’s especially interesting if you are looking for toys and boxes.
Take a Walk in the Morton National Park
Manning Lookout is an easy walk off a loop road and offers breathtaking views over Kangaroo Valley. Furthermore, it’s a good place to indulge in birdwatching, especially early in the morning. The seclusion of the place and sweeping views over the valley make it a great picnic spot.
Don’t miss the drive between Berry and Kangaroo Valley, it’s a steep and narrow road across the Berry Mountain but it’s stunning! Also, if you leave Kangaroo Valley via the Hampden Bridge to go back to Sydney, Moss Vale Road is very scenic. And on the way, you can visit the Pioneer Village Museum.
If you are travelling from Sydney to Kangaroo Valley, there are other great places to visit in the area, such as Berry and Berrima. It’s easy to combine the three for a weekend. And I always drop by Kangaroo Valley on my way to Jervis Bay or Mollymook.
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Have you visited Kangaroo Valley, please share your stories in the comments, I would love to know!
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