I am a natural movement & outdoor enthusiast who is always on the lookout for ways to incorporate physical activity into my life. My perfect day would combine outdoor movement, great food & convivial company.
Published January 2nd 2016
Escape the silly season and see some wombats
Looking to escape the pre-Christmas madness in Sydney, I booked into a short 3 night stay at the Kangaroo Valley Holiday Park to get a relaxing nature fix. I dreamt of waking up to birdsong instead of leaf blowers and rubbish collection trucks, and falling asleep to the sound of silence, punctuated by the occasional cricket, instead of the jibber jabber of my fellow apartment-dwelling neighbours.
They have a good website indicating availability and pricing for each accommodation option. But when I tried to go ahead and book, it wouldn't let me book for just 3 nights. An email reply from them informed me that I can indeed book for 3 nights but would have to do it via the phone. The person I spoke to was very efficient, pleasant and helpful and it was no hassle to book over the phone.
We stayed in a Carrington Deluxe cabin which suits one couple, no kids. There is a lounge/dining area, bedroom and ensuite. (Theoretically the bedroom is separate as there is a sliding door between the lounge area; however in reality the fridge was around 3 metres away from my head when I was lying on the bed, and the compressor would be cycling on and off all night which detracted from the ambience and peace and quiet I was hoping for).
The kitchen is well-equipped with a gas stovetop, oven and grill, full-size fridge/freezer, microwave, kettle, toaster, crockery, silverware, saucepans, fry pan and cooking utensils. Some of my own utensils which I found handy to bring (as with any self-catering place) are my own knives, cling wrap and foil. We brought all our own food but there is a mini-mart/service station just across the road about a minute's walk away.
The cabin itself was very well presented, recently re-decorated and freshly painted with new linen and new bathroom fittings, and spotless. There is a TV.
The holiday park is situated next to the historic Hampden Bridge which you will cross if coming from Sydney. The signage was a little confusing as the website and email letterheads say 'Kangaroo Valley Holiday Park' but the sign on the street says 'Kangaroo Valley Tourist Park'. They are one and the same.
- Very close to river access for swimming
- Clean and well-equipped
- Friendly and efficient staff
- Good shower pressure and hot water is quick to come on, although if one of you takes longish showers (like my companion), there won't be enough hot water for the other person.
- Our cabin was close to Moss Vale Road (the main road going into town), hence there was occasional traffic noise but it is hardly Princes Highway
No Vodafone reception. Optus mobile had phone and SMS but no internet. See it as an opportunity to digital detox.
Check in: 2pm; Check out: 10am
Reception open from 8am - 6pm
Tariffs: vary according to date. See their website for details.