Kangaroo ValleySydney, New South Wales. This article includes the related area of Barrengarry.
There are a good number of Kangaroos here (as well as Wombats), although this isn't really what the area should be known for.
By carSydney is approximately 150 km and 2 hours drive away. Take the South Western Motorway, then the Hume Highway, then the Old Hume Highway and then follow the signs to Fitzroy Falls. Kangaroo Valley is 10 km drive further the same road.
Canberra is about 200km drive away. Take the M31 to Moss Vale and then turn south.
Alternatively it is also accessible from the coastal route down past Wollongong. Drive down to Kiama and then Berry and turn inland to Kangaroo Valley.
Some built-in GPS devices show Moss Vale Rd (Kangaroo Valley's main road) as Cambewarra Road.
By busThere is a bus service between Nowra and Moss Vale. Priors Scenic Express provides a long distance coach service to Bowral, Mittagong, and Sydney as well as to the Shoalhaven and South Coast, as far as Narooma.
By trainThere is no train service, however you can take a train from Sydney to Mittagong or Nowra and take a bus from there.
- On Foot. The village is tiny and all buildings are just a few minutes away so walking is the best choice. Hampden Bridge is over a kilometre away from the village.
- By Bicycle. Cycling around the area is a pleasure and there's a 10km circuit that includes fording the Kangaroo River. Several shops offer bicycle rental for about $35 for three hours. There is a footway/bicycle lane parallel to Moss Vale Road for safe cycling.
- By Car. Car is the preferred choice to see the attractions away from the village or simply to enjoy the idyllic scenery.
- A very relaxing and beautiful route travels along Upper Kangaroo River Road. The road is the first junction to the right north of Hampden Bridge, just after the left junction to Bendeela. The last kilometres of the road are unsealed and lead to the flat rock, a beautiful spot for a picnic. The minor roads out of the main road are unsealed and lead to tranquil and beautiful spots.
- A scenic route south of the village of Kangaroo Valley will take you to Cambewarra Lookout. The lookout is just off the road to Nowra, and the views over the Shoalhaven river and Jervis Bay are breathtaking. The road that leads to the lookout continues along the ridge, with several views of the coast on the right, and Kangaroo Valley on the left. Take the road until it ends in a minor road to Berry. At the junction turn left and descent back to the valley.
Hampden BridgeDating from 1889, this is the only surviving suspension bridge from the colonial period of New South Wales. The stone pillars tower over the river below.
phone: +61 2 4465 1306address: 2029 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo ValleyA historical village museum full of many authentic homes and buildings from the 19th century.
phone: +61 412 288 923address: 179 Moss Vale Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577Held in October with local and international performers
- Golf at the Kangaroo Valley Golf Club - hiring a golf cart is recommended.
- Fishing in either the river or one of the surrounding dams - freshwater licence required ($5 for 3 days).
- Kayak down the Kangaroo River. Several places offer canoes and kayaks hire for about 2-hour self-guided tours. Rates typically include transportation to the entry point at Hampden Bridge and from the exit at Bendeela. The river has several rapids of grade 1 (in a scale of 1 to 6, grade 1 are the easiest) that make the trip exciting for beginners.
address: 215 Moss Valley RoadA convenient choice for those staying at the village.
Kangaroo Valley Tourist ParkThey are just at the entry point at Hampden Bridge.
Bushwalk (hike)There are all kinds of bush walks around Kangaroo Valley. Get the "Walks Guide - Kangaroo Valley and Adjacent National Parks" available for around $7 at many of the shops in the area. Don't expect the walks described within to be well signed, and when they say difficult they mean it. They will however get you into some really beautiful spots.
There is a pharmacy.
Most locals head to Nowra for larger supermarkets and general shopping needs.
Ampol petrol and groceriesaddress: 32 Moss Vale RoadDon't be fooled by the petrol station exterior. There is an entire grocery store packed in there; not just your gas station convenience store either. Best selection of groceries of any of the places in Kangaroo Valley.
phone: +61 2 4465 1494address: 261A Mount Scanzi Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
phone: +61 447 491 245address: 110 Cedar Springs Rd, Kangaroo Valley NSW 2577
phone: +61 2 44 65 1314address: 160 Moss Vale RoadOpen from Thursday to Monday, it's overlooking the historic Hampden Bridge. Breakfast and lunch are modern Australian, dinner is Thai cuisine. Fully licensed.
Kangaroo Valley Pizzaaddress: 160 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo ValleyA descent pizza place with some outside tables. Offering takeaway as well as eat in pizza. Also serving breakfast and coffee; the coffee is exactly what you would expect from a pizza place.
phone: +61 2 4465 2820address: 146 Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo ValleyExpensive but most delicious option in town. Free Wi-Fi.
phone: +61 2 4465 1360address: 2167 Moss Vale Rd, BarrengarryApparently the best pies in the world
The Friendly Innphone: +61 2 4465 1133address: 159 Moss Vale RoadOffers a wide range of beers and bistro dinner. An ideal place to watch your Footy game.
Accommodation options are mostly Bed & Breakfast style retreats in a country house or camping.
Roveroak Lodgephone: +61 2 4465 2123address: 149a Moss Vale Road, Kangaroo Valley 2577 NSWA decent place to spend a night in. Rooms are small, and you can't fit 3 persons into one room, but couple will enjoy the room layout. Rooms don't have TVs in them, and the internet is available only from the extra-slow pre-2000 PC sitting near the entrance.
address: 215 Moss Vale RoadThis is a family and pet friendly place that offers cabins from $50 and camping sites from $10 per person. They also rent kayaks.
address: 5 Moss Vale RoadThis tourist park offers camping sites, bunk bed accommodation ($35) and cabins of various sizes from $70.
Bendeela Recreation AreaFree camping site by the river. This is also the launch site for some of the local Kayaking companies on the slow moving part of the Kangaroo River.
Wi-Fi connections are available around town. Jing Jo has free wi-fi for patrons. The computer store behind the pizza place offers paid Wi-Fi.