Kangaroo Valley is known as a uniquely beautiful area, situated a two hour drive from either Sydney or Canberra, ideal as a day-trip or weekend destination.
From the early part of the 19th century, cattlemen like Richard Brooks and Cornelius O’Brien acquired extensive landholdings in the picturesque Kangaroo Valley. They were followed by Irish settlers who, to the delight of their neighbours, brought with them their “moonshining” skills. Gradually more settlement took place and a patchwork of small farms spread out as far as the escarpments, mainly concentrating on dairying activities. Today small farms grow a variety of produce including grapes, orchard fruits and olives.
In 1977, the pleasant ambience of the entire valley and village was recognized by the National Trust. Hampden Bridge (opened to coach and cart traffic in 1898), across the Kangaroo River with its impressive castellated sandstone towers is the last suspension bridge of its type in Australia. The river below is always a popular swimming and canoeing spot while its banks are ideal for a quiet picnic.
While visiting Kangaroo Valley make sure you call in at the Pioneer Farm Museum, a time capsule of life as it was 150 years ago. Other activities offered in the Valley include horse-riding, canoeing, bush walking through native rain forests and annual events such as Yarrawa Estate’s “Music Under the Stars” and the Kangaroo Valley Folk Festival and the bi-annual “Arts in the Valley” show.
Cafes and restaurants in the Valley are great places to find your preferred meal or snack with a range that covers everything from fine dining to hamburgers. For a cooling ale try the Country Club, or the Friendly Inn right in the centre of town.
Accommodation is available for all tastes and budgets - from 5 star to caravan parks and B&B farms. You are sure to enjoy your stay at friendly Kangaroo Valley.
Kangaroo Valley Olives are located in Cedar Springs Road.