Escape to the country and enjoy an indulgent, gourmet Foodies experience in the most beautiful Valley in Australia. Flavours of the Valley offers a unique range of culinary activities in picturesque Kangaroo Valley. Focusing on quality, locally grown produce, we are pleased to offer - Food and Wine Tours orotund our local area and Mediterranean Cooking.
Comments:A 60th birthday treat, which was just outstanding. Toni and Robert are teachers, in the true sense (inspired and inspiring), so it was well -explained, hands-on and practical, and a great insight into lots of different dishes, all of which we could (and will!) add you our repertoires.
It's held in their beautiful home with a glorious Kangaroo Valley outlook, with excellent kitchen facilities, and was informative, comfortable, and, ultimately delicious., Not so simple as to be boring, but not so difficult to be daunting, it was about freshness, flavour, local (often home-grown) ingredients - and feasability!
IN our 3 hours, we made (and ate) fresh ricotta, pasta (spiced baked pumpkin ravioli) , and sauces, antipasti (warm caponata salad, cannelini bruschetta, marinated figs with blue cheese and proscuitto), stuffed zucchini flowers, cannoli and crostoli (with raspberry and white chocolate and mascarpone/pistachio/toffee fillings). So a wonderful range of dishes and a memorable lunch.
They also do local wine and food tours, and other cooking classes - Tapas, Moroccan..
The township of Kangaroo Valley isn’t large, so you won’t need your GPS to avoid becoming lost! There is essentially only one main street, comprising the road passing through. It’s a pleasant stroll, taking in the tourist-oriented shops plus the various real-estate agencies on each side. Not that it makes much difference if your main interest is in the contents of the shops, but I did notice that it seemed quite a few buildings were either recent constructions in period style, or had been transported from elsewhere – something I’ve noticed in a few other “tourist” townships around Australia.
Toward one end of the main street, we saw some ornamental posts on either side of the street (photo 4). It looks as if this is intended as a pedestrian crossing, but as there are no lines across the road here you would be somewhat at risk from the traffic! Maybe this should have been included in a “warnings” tip!
Kangaroo Valley is a “drive-through” place, so unless you come from the coast and return the same way, you are sure to pass over the Hampden Bridge, about one km north of the town. With its battlemented towers, it is idiosyncratic, unmistakeable, and virtually the trademark of the Valley. They just don’t build them like that anymore – if built these days, it would be functional and boring poured concrete.
So stop for a few minutes on the northern side of the bridge and take a little time to look around. The suspension bridge construction is obvious, as is the single traffic lane: it’s a matter of taking your turn! Quite how the 1898 original cost of $16,764 would reflect in current prices I shall have to leave to your conjecture. Although there are 14 steel cables with a capacity of 79.6 tonnes on each side, note that the bridge is limited to one heavy vehicle at a time. It’s a charming old period piece though, and I’m glad the Institute of Engineers has listed it with a Historic Engineering Marker, as it’s the last of its kind to survive from that period.
Less obvious, you will see a long rope suspended beneath the bridge in the final photo. You might also note that this is right over the beach on the opposite side of a deep waterhole in the river. This rope is used as a swing for diving into the water – a popular pastime in many country areas in the past, and one I hadn’t seen recently.
The small township of Kangaroo Valley is full of craft shops of different descriptions, such as pottery, woodcraft shops and a leadlight shop. We found them all rather interesting, especially the woodcraft shop, where we saw Australian souvenirs and other unique wooden items which we'd never come across anywhere else in Australia.
Well worth a visit.
The town is also very pretty with its mountain backdrop.
The bridge is 77 m long, and is a suspension bridge. It was built using local sandstone in 1898, which makes it quite a historic bridge by Australian standards.
Well worth a look at.
If you stop just before you cross the bridge, there's a car park and a walking track down to the river underneath the bridge where canoes can be hired, or you can take a bit of a walk down there and admire the gorge beneath the bridge.
While we were walking beneath the Hampden Bridge, I came across this sign I thought was quite unusually placed....
Looks like they maybe have problems with people throwing objects off the bridge.