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Published May 4th 2014
Australia's most beautiful valley, eco- friendly tourism
Kangaroo Valley is one of Sydney's best kept secrets. Having been there for the first time, it ranks in my personal top five destinations in Sydney/ New South Wales. About an hour and a half drive southwest of Sydney, it has been named by many as Australia's most beautiful valley, and for good reason! It is a fantastic drive for a day trip or weekend, and rain, hail or shine it is absolutely stunning scenery and I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
With rolling green hills, rich green pastures, sparkling creeks and lush rainforests home to Australia's wildlife flora and fauna, it is truly a nature escape and has been listed by the National Trust for its cultural significance and scenic beauty. The friendly and accommodating people of Kangaroo Valley, all of which accounts for about 350 people in the main village not including the surrounds which total about 1300 people, are located between Moss Vale and Nowra. The valley is also a water catchment area and the community is an Eco responsible tourist destination which aims to reduce our footprint to maintain the country charm and pristine beauty of the valley.
One may choose to participate in a range of activities including bike riding, canoe hiring, fishing, horse riding, bush walking etc. or simply to visit the local village markets every second Saturday of each month at Kangaroo Valley show ground to purchase arts and crafts, local produce, fashion or for entertainment. There is also he pioneer museum for those interested in history.
Nearby Kangaroo Valley, on the western edge is Buddaroo National Park, also a beautiful drive.. In the town on Jamberoo, you will find Carrington falls, an absolutely stunning misty waterfall especially post rainfalls, one of the best I've seen in Sydney, that drops fifty metres into a gorge in Kangaroo Valley. With several lookout points, the view of the falls gets better and better as you go closer and the trail which is a total of five hundred metres leads you directly to the top of the waterfall - a fabulous photo opportunity! The short trail is only 260 metres return for a quick look.
The Don Bradman Museum in Bowral is another interesting stopover for all those cricket fans out there. Another really unique and charming place for a quick bite or lunch is the Robertson pie shop- a huge variety if savoury and sweet/ fruit and dessert pies, as well as chips, beverages etc., this is a charming little spot in the Kangaroo valley region- highly recommended!
Overall, Kangaroo Valley is an absolutely amazing weekend out! I would definitely go back for a visit- you'll love it!