The Best Things To Do With Kids In Kangaroo Valley
- All Ages
By: Phoebe Ackland, ellaslist
At ellaslist, we're always on the hunt for great, not-too-far-away family-friendly destinations. Kangaroo Valley might be just what the doctor ordered if you're after some fresh air, a little reprieve from the city hustle and bustle, and some uninterrupted quality time with your little ones.
Pack the kids up in the car, leave the screens at home, and make the pleasant 2-hour drive from Sydney. Don't head off without reading this guide!
Kangaroo Valley Farmer's Market
Taste the best that the Kangaroo Valley, the Shoalhaven and the Southern Highlands agriculture scene has to offer! Sample your way through the best local meats, fruit, vegetable, herbs, eggs, jams, preserves, cakes, pastries, olive oils and local honeys, as some live local music gets you in the spirit. On the 2nd Sunday of every month from 8am-1pm. For a more eclectic mix of stalls, head to the Kangarooo Valley Markets on the fourth Saturday of every month- there's something for everyone!
Historic Hampden Bridge
Somehow, this Victorian-era style bridge looks right at home in rural Kangaroo Valley. For a great photo opportunity, head here- it looks like the entranceway to a great castle. If you go on a Kangaroo Valley kayaking or canoeing adventure, you'll pass right under the Hampden Bridge as you float down the Kangaroo River, past breathtaking scenery and plenty of native wildlife.
Kangaroo Valley Show
If possible, time your trip to the Kangaroo Valley with the Kangaroo Valley Show (February 2018). On no other day can you capture the essence of this beautiful town quite like this annual show. There will be dairy and beef judging, show jumping, wood chopping, a poultry pavilion, a talent show, a tug-o-war, a dog show, a grand parade, pig racing, a plethora of food and market stalls, an arts and crafts pavilion, rides, carnival games, showbags, and just about everything else!
An easy bush walk that kids can manage too- prepare for one gorgeous view over Kangaroo Valley. You'll past forest, woodlands and light scrub, and your senses will be treated to the aromas of peppermint trees, gums and banksias. You'll see the Kangaroo river, and dairy farms off in the distance.
Take a family trail ride through pristine Kangaroo Valley bush. You'll pass through rainforest, open green spaces and the outskirts of the Morton National Park. These are some of the best horse riding trails in the country!
Another great festival to time your trip with (in April, annually). Pioneer Days showcase the history and heritage of the Kangaroo Valley perfectly- including live sheep shearing demonstrations, butter churning, leather work, old-fashioned machines brought back to life, BBQ's, traditional dress-ups, and so much more. Educational, entertaining and enjoyable.
Kangaroo Valley Arts Festival
Happening in May in 2017- yet another great reason to plan for a trip to the Kangaroo Valley! The annual Arts Festival will showcase classic and contemporary fine music inside stunning private houses and public spaces. There will be stage concerts, food stalls, music bushwalks, and a sculpture exhibition. Not to be missed!
Kangaroo Valley Pioneer Village Museum
Step back in time and see what life was like in the 1800s. History comes to life amongst gardens and historic buildings, families are invited to wander through Rendell Cottage, check out an old school bell, machinery sheds for some old-style farming methods, an old-fashioned Dairy, a suspension bridge, a settler's hut and a bush school. The museum is a fascinating place to explore, with gentle bushwalking tracks surrounding it, and BBQ and picnic facilities available to complete your family day out.
For more information and things to do, check out Visit Kangaroo Valley.