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 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. Sydney to Kangaroo Valley is only 2 hours’ drive so it’s well worth the trip.
Take a Slow Drive on the Meandering Roads
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?
Adventure in the Wilderness
Kangaroo Valley’s wild nature lends itself very well to outdoor activities, such as kayaking, bushwalking, horse riding and camping.
A Casual Lunch in Town
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 is well worth the drive from Sydney to Kangaroo Valley.
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 a grand old lady at the centre of the Kangaroo Valley universe. Have a pint or a lemon squash and enjoy a truly retro experience!
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.
Do you have stories about experiencing a slow time in the countryside, please share them in the comments, I would love to know!