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A two-hour hop, skip and a jump down the Hume will land any self-respecting Canberran smack bang in the heart of Kangaroo Valley.
Nestled between the South Coast and Southern Highlands, KV (as it’s known to the locals) is the perfect place to reset, reflect and connect with nature.
And if a little self-care isn’t motivation enough to hit the road, rest easy in the knowledge that you’ll be supporting a plethora of small businesses that have copped a beating from bushfires and global pandemics alike these past 18 months.
With that in mind here’s our guide on where to eat, sleep, drink and shop whilst in town as well as all the fun things to see and do in this glorious little pocket of the world. Just remember, you’re in the country now folks, so take Google’s listed opening days and hours with a grain of salt—best check Insta or call ahead…
Maddison’s In The Valley
Open seven days a week (a rarity for any business in a small town) this is your go-to for a no muss, no fuss, just really bloody good breakfast.
Located in the old bank building, make sure you grab yourself a sunny spot on the balcony and lol at the sign that says “Sorry we do not have free wifi. Talk to each other likes it’s 1995”.
158 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley, NSW | Follow @maddisonsinthevalley
The General Cafe
Owners Tony (a hatted chef, mind you) and Mon like to keep it handmade, local, fresh and sustainable, so if you’re in town Friday through till Monday and are after a warm breakfast and damn good coffee, this is your first port of call.
On your way out be sure to pick up a loaf of their famous sourdough, a bottle of their kombucha or a jar of sauerkraut and pickles—all handmade on site by this talented duo.
151 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @thegeneralcafekv
Hampden Deli & Dining School
Open Wednesday to Sunday, owners Stevie and Nick are your go-to for a delicious selection of cheeses and meats. Keen on a picnic? Order one of their famous grazing boxes 24 hours prior for pick up the next day.
Looking for an evening activity? Join their hatted chefs for a rotating roster of cooking classes available monthly.
4/160 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @hampden_deli_dining_school
Sweet As Kangaroo Valley
Got the kids in tow—or let’s be honest—even if you don’t, you’re going to want to pop in here for some chocolate coated honeycomb or a scoop or two of gelato.
These guys stock all your favourite lollies from yesteryear too—think sherbet bombs, bullets and musk sticks galore.
Staying somewhere with an outdoor fire pit? Grab a bag of their giant marshmallows to toast or live to regret it.
149b Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @sweet_as_kangaroovalley
Aframe Kangaroo Valley
Designed by Ben Gray Architect with a slow pace in mind, this triangular beauty is surrounded by Morton National Park, with sweeping views of the Southern Highlands escarpment (complete with waterfalls tumbling down the cliff face) to the north.
The perfect romantic getaway for two, spend your weekend reading by the fire, enjoying a wine on the deck, strolling the quiet country roads, swimming in your own private creek or having a soak in the wood-fired hot tub.
And at the end of the day, you’re guaranteed to have the best sleep of your life in the Aframe’s dreamy loft bedroom, complete with French linen sheets.
It’s easy to see why this beautiful property is one of the most popular destinations for group stays in town.
With three luxurious bedrooms, two bathrooms and three car spaces this stunning home is a short stroll from the picturesque village of Kangaroo Valley. Positioned amongst the trees it also boasts direct private access to the famous Kangaroo River, which is worth its weight in gold if you ask us.
Equanimity KV also boasts extensive entertaining areas and all the mod cons that make a group getaway stress free and enjoyable.
The Cottage Kangaroo Valley
Owned by artist, stylist and all-round creative genius Lisa Madigan, The Cottage Kangaroo Valley is located right in the heart of the village and is where you go to be inspired, be pampered and simply just be.
Recently refurbished by Lisa herself, this 1880s gem features the dreamiest interiors you ever did see.
Fancy a spot of tennis? It’s also conveniently located a short two-minute stroll to the valley’s quaint riverside tennis courts.
The Casa Kangaroo Valley
Newly opened after a complete refurbishment, this is a fantastic option for super large groups looking for a roaring good time as it can accommodate up to twenty guests (14 adults and 6 kids).
The overall style of The Casa is inspired by the warmth and imperfect character of Mediterranean farmhouses and will well and truly tide you over until you can book that trip to Europe.
The Friendly Inn
One of the region’s oldest pubs, The Friendly Inn is open seven days a week for both lunch and dinner.
Serving classic pub fare, order yourself a craft beer and chicken schnitty before heading out to the beer garden to relax and enjoy the view. There is a gated playground for the kiddies too.
159 Moss Vale Rd Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @the_friendly_inn
Owners Sue and Mark chose to nestle their vineyard amongst the rugged escarpments of Kangaroo Valley for the temperate climate and rich volcanic soil and boy oh boy did it pay off.
Open Saturday and Sunday for tastings, enjoy a flight of selected wines in the spectacular beauty of Yarrawa Estate and pre-order a cheese board whilst you’re at it.
43B Scotts Rd, Upper Kangaroo River NSW | Follow @yarrawaestate
Hampden Wine Lounge
Newly opened and owned and operated by Stevie and Nick of Hampden Deli & Dining School fame, enjoy a serving of Shoalhaven’s finest rock oysters, a cheese board and glass or two of vino in this quaint little watering hole located out the back of the deli and dining school.
4/160 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @hampden_wine_lounge
Kangaroo Valley General Store
Not to be confused with The General Cafe (which is located right next door) The General Store is your go-to for local produce.
They stock Kangaroo Valley Olives who produce the most delicious oils, vinegars and of course olives as well as KV’s famous Kangaroo Valley eggs. Local produce never tasted so good.
151 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @kangaroovalleygeneralstore
Fashion, accessories, homewares, gifts, antiques and collectables all rolled into one. Whether you’re after a snazzy fedora, scented candle or antique boxing gloves—there is something in this store for everyone.
Visitors will find Brixton and Mr Simple on the racks and goodies from Grampians Goods Co among other things.
2A/165 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW | Follow @valleyvintageau
SEE & DO
Three Views Walking Track
Located in the heart of Morton National Park, this level walk is still visibly scarred from the bushfires but is spectacular all the same.
The easy 9.5km return track follows the Brooks Plateau and Moolatoo Trig fire trails to epic views of Lake Yarrunga, Tallowa Dam and the Shoalhaven River and gorges.
Visit National Parks NSW for more information
Drawing Room Rocks
Located in the Barren Grounds Nature Reserve, Drawing Rooms Rocks is easily accessed from Kangaroo Valley via Wattamolla Road (a gorgeous scenic drive in itself).
The walk ascends from 250m to 600m above sea level along a track then onto a plateau. Walk on for another 100m to come out at Drawing Room Rocks—nature’s Drawing Room, with tables and chairs made of rock.
Visit National Parks NSW for more information
Kangaroo Valley Golf & Country Resort
Fancy a round of golf? It just so happens you’ll find one of the most beautiful golf courses north of Canberra right here in the Kangaroo Valley.
Enjoy 18 holes on this Championship 71 par course which we hear is quite challenging for even the best golfers with undulating fairways, testing greens and dams coming into play on quite a few 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 from mountain biking, rock climbing and kayaking. The Shoalhaven Gorge and Bendeela to Tallowa Canoe Expeditions are not to be missed.
110 Moss Vale Rd Kangaroo Valley, NSW | Follow @kangaroovalleyadventureco