Kangaroo Valley Travel Guide
Italian and Moroccan Cooking Classes.
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...
Wander the main street
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...
Hampden Bridge is a must
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...
Visit the township
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...
Under the Hampden 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.
Visit historic Hampden Bridge
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...
Glenmack Park: Budget Cabins
Glenmack park has a variety of accomodation. We staying in an ensuite cabin with A/C. They are very basic with 1970s decor, but the bed was new and comfy and the shower was hot, so its all I really need. It was June so it was really cold the aircon is reverse cycle so the...
Comfortable, congenial luxury: Donaries Luxury Bed & Breakfast
Photo 1: View from Donaries B&BPhoto 2: Our room and facilitiesPhoto 3: The “Audrey Hepburn Room”Photo 4: Afternoon drinks and canapesPhoto 5: Breakfast awaits!Donaries B&B is owned by Don and Marie (add the names and you get .... I didn't catch on for a while either).The...
Bendeela Pondage: camping
Bendeela pondage was like a kind of grassy reserve, used for picnickers but also allowed for camping. There was just a simple toilet block (and a smelly one at that) but the surroundings were so nice and peaceful that we hardly minded.
the surroundings were all green and...
The Friendly Inn Hotel: The name matches, the food's good too
Kangaroo Valley’s pub is called The Friendly Inn Hotel. I must say that certainly seemed an appropriate name, as all the staff we encountered were very friendly indeed.
We chose to go there for dinner to celebrate our anniversary. We were feeling quite relaxed and something informal was the answer. We wandered through to the Bistro and ordered from the quite extensive menu, then while we waited we had a quiet drink in the beer garden facing the street and watched the town’s traffic pass by. Soon the remote buzzer called to let me know that our meals were ready and we both were most impressed by the size of the servings. I had calamari with salad and Pauline had chicken, also with salad. We were equally impressed with the quality of the food: in particular, my calamari was done to perfection: it can so easily become like rubber if not done properly. After returning to Donaries in the afternoon, I cursed myself for having left my camera there, so you will see no food photos this time!
By the time we had finished our meal it was becoming dark. At this stage the passing traffic had entirely disappeared and it was time for us to do the same.
159 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley
Meal cost – about average $15A - $20A NB: prices in $A
Updated Feb 16, 2009
Address: 159 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley
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- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
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Kangaroo Valley Woodcrafts: Well, it was a major timber town!
As we wandered the main street, we came upon a very pleasant woodwork gallery. The items on display were among the best I’ve seen, and the prices seemed moderate. The friendly lady behind the counter, however, was most intrigued by my Pentax DSLR. It rather seemed she had...
near the Hampden Bridge: all kind sof souveniers
all kinds of nicknacks - strewn all over the historic house. It was such a maze going in there - but in all the messiness - we could not find anything!!!! but it is worth a while to peep!!! The lady kept on following me as I weaved in and about her shop = she probably think...
KangarooValley Woodcraft: wood craft
This is one of the biggest range of Australian made wooden products in Sydney - although there was one I saw pretty big in Leura in Blue Mountains but they have different stuff. Here, there are lots of chess sets in Australiana style, lost of different bowls, cutlery,...
Feel the power!
Here’s something different to be concerned about: strong electromagnetic radiation! Up at Cambewarra Lookout you’re immediately alongside some substantial towers bristling with antennae of all kinds. The Shoalhaven City Council has felt that it warrants a warning sign (photo...
mosquitos are coming....
it's more accurate to call it "mosquito valley" than " kangaroo valley" as you won't find any kangaroo but HEAPS of mosquitos, you would know how annoying they could be.imagine 100 mosquitos flying around you--terrible!
As you climb out of Kangaroo Valley on your way to the coast, after passing through a section of rainforest you will encounter a sharp hairpin: the turnoff to the Cambewarra Lookout is right on the apex of that corner. From there, follow the narrow winding road to the summit where you will find a car park, tea rooms, some towers, pleasant gardens, and as the lookout is almost 680 metres above sea level, it apparently offers great views in all directions when the conditions are suitable.
Well, if there is no low cloud you will find a view – but when we arrived, despite the provision of coin operated telescopes, cloud prevented us from seeing anywhere!
Actually, the cloud began to break while we were at the lookout, but we were unable to wait for a total clearance. We headed back down the hill and as the turnoff to the lookout was below cloud level we stopped there and were able to obtain the view of Kangaroo Valley you see in photo4.
Updated Feb 16, 2009
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- National/State Park
Leisurely things to do
Favorite thing: If you have time, you must spend more at Kangaroo Valley; what a shame I had to leave here in such a short spent of time. We could have had a picnic here, and buy lots of local crafts, enjoy a bookstore or even go for some bushwalking, visit a dam lake etc. Most of the shops have got maps and trails on how to get there etc. The people here are so friendlty, it is just so relaxing to be here. No hurrying around.
Fondest memory: On your way driving down to the valley you can have a wonderful view from up above. It is a really narrow path, but there was not many cars at all. You will see hills, pastures and lots of white and black cows, some horses here and there....funny but the cows here move in herds together....
and all of sudden there is this village. There was even a shop sellign stuff from Bali and Thailand - hmhmhmhm - the owner of the shop was having a catnap - in the midst of all this tranquility - i could have sneaked in and out with his goodies!!!
Written Feb 25, 2003
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