Monday, March 21, 2016

Kangaroo Valley and surrounding area

Kangaroo Valley is an easy 2 hour drive from Sydney and Canberra. It is near the Morton National Park, one of the largest parks in N.S.W. There are many activity's to explore in this area. A variety of bush walks, river based activities, picnic areas, scenic drives with so many opportunity's to get some great pictures. Also a historical town to wander through with many local stores and cafes.

Traveling around this area regularly  we live a good hour away but its an easy drive and has so much to explore, we often find ourselves heading out for day trips to explore this areas and surrounding sights. Besides the main road of quaint little shops, pub and museum and of cause the historical Hampden Bridge, its great to stroll down to the river to explore the natural surrounds and its wildlife. You can hire kayaks or canoes to paddle down the river, this is an easy couple of hours down the river where the owners of the kayak shop with collect you from down the river and drive you back.


The walking tracks are endless they vary from short easy strolls to long hard challenging ones. We have walked a few shorter tracks and have many more on our list to explore, (we general google areas of walking tracks before we head off) with the national park surrounding the area we also find some amazing photo opportunity's and generally take a packed lunch and find a nice quiet picnic area to relax.

There is a free camping spot at Bendeela on the banks of Kangaroo river, a popular picnic and camping area. This area has non powered site, flushing toilets, tap water, open 24 hours with no reservations.  Activities include fishing, swimming, non powered boats, bush walking. No fires permitted and no pets. it can be very relaxing at a quiet time of year, but on holidays and long weekends it can get very busy. Bendeela is a beautiful nature reserve, the river runs along the reserve and the wild life is always present. We were lucky to see a wombat wandering down the path last visit, and a couple of large water dragons, plus many native birds. 

The drive in and around this area is beautiful the roads through the national park has many areas to pull over and explore. Its peaceful and quiet. We came across a amazing river crossing where we pulled over and had a swim in the clear fresh water. Beautiful rock formations and amazing lookouts. Its the place to just enjoy the drive and you will always come across something amazing around the next corner that will catch your attention.

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