NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Kangaroo Valley

Tiny Town: population under 1,500 residents

09:00 Weds 13 April - till - 17:00 Weds 27 April.
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Discover Australia’s most beautiful valley, connecting with nature and each other

Take a drive through the winding roads over the escarpments of Morton National Park and down into one of the seven closed valleys in the world. Two hours’ drive from Sydney and Canberra, Kangaroo Valley is lush rolling farmland set within one of the most picturesque valleys in Australia. 

Kangaroo Valley offers the perfect romantic retreat for couples looking to escape the stresses of the city and connect with one another in lush surroundings. With direct access to kayaking and canoeing, bushwalking and mountain biking trail and exclusive nature and farm experiences, Kangaroo Valley is your chance to unwind, slow down, and adjust to 'valley time'. 

A rural paradise framed by an amazing amphitheatre of sandstone escarpments that enclose a lush river valley, Kangaroo Valley is rich and diverse with wildlife and glorious temperate rainforests. There are accommodation styles for any traveller from camping to eco-luxury, homestays to boutique hotels. If eco-luxury is your style Barranca will exceed expectations.

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Framed by undisturbed bush and sweeping views of the breathtaking escarpment, Barranca’s villas are luxury and romance redefined with a private fire pit, outdoor shower and floor to ceiling glass windows to enjoy the view from every angle. New hotel Wildes Boutique Hotel is equally as inviting for couples with its sandstone statue and lush courtyard gardens located in the centre of the valley.  

A short drive to the historic village over the iconic 1898 Hampden Bridge brings you to Australia's last surviving wooden suspension bridge with sandstone towers that make it look like the entrance to a secret medieval castle. Second only to the Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Hampden Bridge is arguably the most photographed bridge in Australia, a perfect backdrop for that couple's selfie. 

In the village enjoy the perfect late breakfast at  The General Café creating local, fresh, and sustainable eats by chef Tony whose experience stretches from The Bayswater Brasserie to his previous two-hatted award-winning restaurant Lochiel House.

Alternatively, pick up a grazing box from hatted chef Nick Gardner at the Hampden Deli. Having trained in some of the best kitchens across the world, Nick set up Hampden Deli with the promise of sourcing the finest local, fresh, and seasonal ingredients to serve the best deli produce to eat in and take away as picnic packs. 

Get hands-on with a couple's cooking class with Nick, or unwind at the new Hampden Deli Wine Lounge while indulging in local wine and Shoalhaven’s finest rock oysters. 

Over the weekend let Mike from Kangaroo Valley Adventure Company take you on a private guided tour for two through the valley. Canoe along the Kangaroo River to the scenic Tallowa Dam and Lake Yarrunga.

Before finding a secluded picnic spot to enjoy your Hampden Deli picnic with delights from local producers.

A trip out to the free camping area Bendeela will have you meet an abundance of local wombats and kangaroos to round out your wildlife encounters and capture those classic Instagram shots.

In the heart of the village enjoy the quaint retail stores including Kangaroo Valley Woodcrafts and Kangaroo Valley Led lights.

Then continue on to explore the homewares, clothing, lolly shops, and vintage stores of the village. You can’t leave town without exploring one or all three of the surrounding family-run and owned wineries for tastings and afternoon platters. Lyrebird Ridge, Cambewarra Estate, and Yarrawa Estate are all part of the extensive Shoalhaven Wine Coast with views of the surrounding valley escarpment. 

To get the true local experience head to one of Shoalhaven’s oldest pubs for dinner The Friendly Inn and have dinner by the open fire whilst enjoying local bands playing in the beer garden on the weekend. You can also embark on a foodie adventure with Experience Nature, a bespoke tour operator that combines activities like canoeing with local delicacies, called canoes, cool climate wines and canapes. It’s the perfect way to explore the region and sample local produce at the same time! 

With so much to explore in this little village, couples looking to reconnect and rejuvenate together will be spoilt for choice. An easy two-hour drive from major cities Sydney and Canberra you will breathe fresh country air and feel at peace in natural surroundings as you adjust to 'valley time'.


Two days in Kangaroo Valley

Nature and luxury combined for couples. Unwind and reconnect on a romantic valley retreat 

Nestled between the historic Southern Highlands and NSW South Coast, Australia’s most beautiful valley is located about two hours drive from both Sydney and Canberra. The winding road takes you over the rejuvenating escarpments of Morton National Park and down into one of the seven closed valleys in the world. Here a ‘dreaming line’ passes through Kangaroo Valley and the Valley is considered a spiritual place of great energy and healing.


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