A local guide to Kangaroo Valley

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A two hour jump, hop and hop in the Hume will land any self-respecting Canberran in the heart of Kangaroo Valley.

Nestled between the south coast and the southern highlands, KV (as locals call it) is the perfect place to recharge, reflect and connect with nature.

And if a little self-care isn’t enough motivation to hit the road, rest assured knowing that you will be supporting a plethora of small businesses that have been battered by bushfires and global pandemics over the past 18 months.

With that in mind, here’s our guide to where to eat, sleep, drink, and shop in the city, plus all the fun things to see and do in this glorious little pocket of the world. Remember you are in the country now, so take Google’s days and hours of operation with a grain of salt, so better check Insta or call ahead …

EAT

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Maddison in the Valley

Open seven days a week (a rarity for any business in a small town), it’s your choice for a no-frills, no-fuss breakfast, just a really good breakfast.

Located in the old bank building, be sure to take a sunny spot on the balcony and lol at the sign saying ‘Sorry we don’t have free wifi. We talk to each other as we are in 1995 ”.

158 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley, NSW | Follow @maddisonsinthevalley

The General Café

Owners Tony (a hat chef, mind you) and Mon love to keep it handmade, local, fresh, and sustainable, so if you’re in town Friday through Monday and looking for a hot breakfast and a hell of a good thing café is your first port of call.

On the way out, be sure to grab a loaf of their famous sourdough, a bottle of their kombucha, or a jar of sauerkraut and pickles, all handcrafted on site by this talented duo.

151 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @thegeneralcafekv

Hampden Deli & School of Catering

Open Wednesday through Sunday, owners Stevie and Nick are your go-to for a delicious selection of cheeses and meats. Fancy a picnic? Order one of their famous pasture boxes 24 hours in advance to pick it up the next day.

Looking for an evening activity? Join their hatted chefs for a rotating list of cooking classes available each month.

4/160 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @hampden_deli_dining_school

Sweet like the kangaroo valley

You’ve got the kids in tow – or let’s be honest – even if you don’t, you’ll want to come here for a chocolate-covered honeycomb or a scoop or two of ice cream.

These guys also stock up on all your favorite lollipops from yesteryear – think sherbet bombs, balls, and musk sticks galore.

Are you staying somewhere with an outdoor fireplace? Take a bag of their giant marshmallows to toast or live to regret.

149b Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @sweet_as_kangaroovalley

TO SLEEP

Credit: Hayley Rafton Photography for Riparide.

Aframe Kangaroo Valley

Designed by architect Ben Gray with a slow pace in mind, this triangular beauty is surrounded by Morton National Park, with sweeping views of the Southern Highlands Escarpment (with waterfalls tumbling down the cliff) to the north.

The perfect romantic getaway for two, spend your weekend reading by the fire, sipping wine on the terrace, strolling the quiet country lanes, swimming in your own private stream or taking a dip in the the wood-fired hot tub.

And at the end of the day, you’re guaranteed to have the best sleep of your life in Aframe’s dream loft bedroom, complete with French linen sheets.

Book your stay here. For two people. No children and no pets | Follow @aframekangaroovalley

Equanimity KV

It’s easy to see why this beautiful property is one of the most popular destinations for group city breaks.

With three luxurious bedrooms, two bathrooms and three parking spaces, this wonderful home is just steps from the picturesque village of Kangaroo Valley. Set among the trees, it also enjoys direct private access to the famous Kangaroo River, which is worth its weight in gold if you ask us.

Equanimity KV also has ample entertainment areas and modern comforts that make a group getaway enjoyable and stress-free.

Book your stay here. For eight people. Suitable for children and animals | Follow @equanimity_kv

The Kangaroo Valley chalet

Owned by artist, stylist and versatile creative genius Lisa Madigan, The Cottage Kangaroo Valley is located right in the heart of the village and is where you will be inspired, pampered and just be.

Newly renovated by Lisa herself, this 1880s gem features the most dreamlike interiors you’ve ever seen.

Want to play tennis? It’s also conveniently located a two-minute walk from the picturesque riverside tennis courts.

Book your stay here. Three people. Suitable for children, no pets | Follow @thecottagekangaroovalley

La Casa Kangaroo Valley

Newly opened after a complete renovation, this is a fantastic option for very large groups looking for a good time as it can accommodate up to twenty people (14 adults and 6 children).

The overall style of The Casa is inspired by the warmth and imperfect character of Mediterranean farmhouses and will definitely guide you until you can book this trip to Europe.

Book your stay here. Sleeps twenty. Suitable for children, no pets | Follow @ thecasa.kangaroovalley

TO DRINK

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The friendly hostel

One of the oldest pubs in the area, The Friendly Inn is open seven days a week for lunch and dinner.

Serving up classic pub fare, order yourself a craft beer and chicken schnitty before heading to the beer garden to relax and take in the views. There is also a closed play area for children.

159 Moss Vale Rd Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @the_friendly_inn

Yarrawa Domain

Owners Sue and Mark have chosen to nest their vineyard among the craggy escarpments of Kangaroo Valley for the temperate climate and rich volcanic soil.

Open Saturdays and Sundays for tastings, enjoy a flight of selected wines in the spectacular beauty of the Yarrawa Estate, and pre-order a cheese board while you’re at it.

43B Scotts Rd, Upper Kangaroo River NSW | Follow @yarrawaestate

Hampden Wine Fair

Newly opened and owned and operated by Stevie and Nick of renowned Hampden Deli & Dining School, sample a serving of Shoalhaven’s best rock oysters, a cheese platter and a glass or two of wine at this quaint little watering hole at the back from the grocery store and school to eat.

4/160 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @hampden_wine_lounge

STORE

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Kangaroo Valley General Store

Not to be confused with The General Cafe (which is located next door) The General Store is your go-to for local produce.

They stock Kangaroo Valley olives which produce the most delicious oils, vinegars and of course the olives, as well as KV’s famous Kangaroo Valley eggs. Local produce has never tasted so good.

151 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @kangaroovalleygeneralstore

Valley vintage

Fashion, accessories, housewares, gifts, antiques and collectibles all in one. Whether you are looking for a stylish fedora, a scented candle or some antique boxing gloves, there is something for everyone at this store.

Visitors will find Brixton and Mr Simple on the shelves and goodies at Grampians Goods Co, among others.

2A / 165 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @valleyvintageau

SEE & DO

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Three views walking track

Located in the heart of Morton National Park, this level walk is still visibly marked by bushfires but is spectacular nonetheless.

The 9.5 km easy return trail follows the Brooks Plateau and Moolatoo Trig fire trails to epic views of Yarrunga Lake, Tallowa Dam, and Shoalhaven River and Gorge.

Visit National Parks NSW for more information

Living room rocks

Located in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, Drawing Rooms Rocks is easily accessible from Kangaroo Valley via Wattamolla Road (a beautiful scenic drive in itself).

The walk climbs from 250m to 600m altitude along a track then on a plateau. Walk another 100m to reach Drawing Room Rocks, nature’s drawing room, with stone tables and chairs.

Visit National Parks NSW for more information

Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort

Fancy a round of golf? As it turns out, you’ll find one of the finest golf courses north of Canberra, right here in the Kangaroo Valley.

Enjoy 18 holes on this Championship 71 course which we believe is quite difficult even for the best golfers, with undulating fairways, test greens and play-offs coming into play on many holes.

390 Mount Scanzi Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @kvgcr

Canoe Shoalhaven Gorge

The Kangaroo Valley Adventure Company is your go-to for all of your guided outdoor activities, like mountain biking, rock climbing, and kayaking. The canoe trips from Shoalhaven Gorge and Bendeela to Tallowa are not to be missed.

110 Moss Vale Rd Kangaroo Valley, NSW | Follow @kangaroovalleyadventureco

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