Barely 150 clicks south of Sydney, the Kangaroo Valley is a stunning slice of Eden that always puts a great big grin across my face.

There’s something about the energy of the place that leaves me feeling a lot further than two hours outside of Sydney. There’s something about that mystical river and the way snakes its course through the rain-forested mountains. Oh yeah and there’s something about the way those meat pies dribble down my chin.

Oh, the pies….

I love the place so bloody much in fact, I’ve even decided to get married there in November!

As you can maybe tell, I’m a fan of the area. Having spent several weekends down there, I thought I’d make your weekend trip planning a little easier by compiling the things my friends and I stick double thumbs up to:

Your Adventure Fix

Kangaroo Valley Canoes offer self-guided trips over multiple days, and it’s suitable for anyone that can pick up and hold a paddle. Our gang of adventure misfits had a blast on this river for a weekend.

With rolling hills and cascading gorges, horseback is a seriously cool (and bum-tingling) way to explore the valley. Kangaroo Valley Horses can organise trips from a couple of hours up to a couple of days for you. Speak to Deb!

There are also loads of walking and cycling trails that take you deep into Morton National Park. Fill your CamelBaks and delve in.

Your Food Fix

Kangaroo Valley Pie Shop boldly claims to produce the world’s best pies. Unlike Tony Abbott, they’re absolutely right and will continue to stay true to their word.

Your Coffee Fix

Kangaroo Valley Collection’s or Jack’s cafe will get you back on the straight and narrow

(I’m beginning to realise how creative the names are for the majority of services on offer in the area)

Your Pub Fix

The Friendly Inn has a beer garden which if you step into, will give you that slightly giddy summer feeling. You’ll then almost certainly be ordering a refreshing cider to cleanse your cotton mouth.

Your Camping Fix

Bendeela or Tallowa Dam are cracking options for a free night at the million star hotel. Don’t forget to pack your fishing rod so you can catch your own dinner (license required).

Your Waterfall Fix

Fitzroy Falls or Gerringong Falls are both extraordinary. Do not forget to factor these into your inbound or outbound road trip from Kangaroo Valley.

Also, there are village markets every second Saturday which are well worth a visit for any bric-a-brac junkies out there. For any olive junkies, this the place you want to check out.

Hope that helps! Enjoy your weekend down there whatever you decide, and please let me know if I’ve missed anything out of this essential Kangaroo Valley weekend getaway list.

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