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Escape Trails: Kangaroo Valley

Belinda Neame

LESS THAN TWO HOURS DRIVE FROM CANBERRA AND WEST OF THE COAST, KANGAROO VALLEY IS A RIVER VALLEY IN THE SHOALHAVEN REGION.

Described as “the most beautiful valley in Australia”, it’s the perfect base from which to explore the surrounding towns of Berry, Huskisson, Ulladulla and even the Southern Highlands.

It’s the best of the coast and the country – your senses will be in overload!

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Image: Tim Bean Photography

Stay

THE COTTAGE KANGAROO VALLEY

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Located in the heart of the picturesque Kangaroo Valley, THE COTTAGE is curated by artist, stylist and creative director Lisa Madigan and is the perfect destination getaway. It’s not just a stay at THE COTTAGE, it’s an experience —we’re talking a full steel bathtub and rain head shower, Aesop bathroom amenities, IN BED linen & robes, open fireplace and a fully equipped chef’s kitchen. You actually won’t want to leave.

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118 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley | 0415 138 909 | thecottagekangaroovalley.com

RIVER BLISS TREEHOUSE

Nestled on the banks of Kangaroo River, the uniquely designed River Treehouse is a short 10-minute stroll from Kangaroo Valley’s village centre. Set in lush bushland, you can soak up the sun on the outdoor setting on the rear deck overlooking the pristine river, or take a leisurely walk to amazingly breathtaking river viewing platforms down to the river beach. Excellent cafes and restaurants are just a stone’s throw away.

Cullen Crescent, Kangaroo Valley | 0418 662 836 | blissproperties.com.au

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THE PICNIC SHED

Photo: Tim Bean Photography

Photo: Tim Bean Photography

This gorgeous boutique homewares store is located in a shed at the back of the Milkwood Bakery and has all the goods you need for relaxing at home, working in the garden or a day on the picnic rug. Grab a picnic rug and basket and some outdoor games for an al fresco feast.

Cnr Prince Alfred Street + Princess Highway, Berry | 0447 773 894 | thepicnicshed.com.au

MOSS NEST

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Located in a beautiful 19th century historic building, Moss Nest boasts a delightful collection of eclectic home furnishings, ladies’ fashion and accessories, something for the guys and stunning fresh flowers at their in-house florist.

69 Queen Street, Berry | (02) 4464 2203 | mossnest.com.au

HUSKISSON PICTURES

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Image: facebook.com/Huskisson-Pictures

This isn’t your average cinema. Oozing character, Huskisson Pictures was constructed in 1913 by local ship builders as a community hall for their employees. Movies have been screened here since the early 1950s with the exterior left as original as possible, adding to its charm. The perfect place to catch a new release or classic film.

Owen St, Huskisson | (02) 4441 5076 | huskipics.com.au

EAT

CUPITT’S WINERY AND RESTAURANT

Photo: Tim Bean Photography

Photo: Tim Bean Photography

 

Tucked away behind the historic village of Milton, Cupitt’s is a boutique winery, microbrewery, fromagerie and restaurant. With extraordinary views across the vine to Burrill Lake and the Budawang ranges, you can enjoy award-winning wines and craft ales or even learn about the wine-making process, sample local produce and enjoy a special dining experience with a French twist.

58 Washburton Road, Ulladulla | (02) 4455 7888 | cupitt.com.au

BIOTA DINING

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This is destination dining at its best. Inspired by the ingredients of the landscape, the two-hatted Biota Dining’s seasonal Mod Oz menu is crafted by using produce from surrounding dairies, livestock farms, vegetable growers and wild native ingredients.

18 Kangaloon Road, Bowral | (02) 4862 2005 | biotadining.com

Feature image by Tim Bean Photography

This article originally appeared in Magazine: Escape for Summer 2016/17. Find out more about Magazine here

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Belinda Neame

Belinda is HerCanberra's Production Manager. A foodie and lover of handmade, Belinda enjoys nothing more than a good coffee and seeing Canberra businesses thrive. In her 'spare time', Belinda organises the quarterly Canberra street food event, The Forage with her husband Tim. More about the Author

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