Day trip to Kangaroo Valley | Car trip from Sydney

Kangaroo Valley day trip map
Kangaroo Valley: a day trip map

It was supposed to be just another sunny winter weekend at home, but then Hubby and I decided to get the Sunday off to explore the Kangaroo Valley.

Our idea was to get there around 9 in the morning, do some hikes, have lunch, and spend a bit of the afternoon exploring the area, finally coming back to Sydney still before dark.

So we got enough time to do a bunch of things, which I will be describing next.
If you want, you can go straight ahead to my shared Google Maps with things to do in the Hunter Valley with all the places and attractions we visited.

Places to go

Three views walk
Here you have – yep, you guessed right,  three easy and relatively short trails to pick from.

In case you are not in a hurry you can do all of them in the morning.
The trails are flat and don’t have much to offer along the way (just a nice walk), but the reward is at the end of each one of them, with breathtaking views.

You can see below photos from each view.

If you have to pick between one or two of the trails, I suggest picking the Shoalhaven River View (the longest trail) and/or Lake Yarrunga View (the shortest one).

Lake Yarrunga View
Lake Yarrunga View – Length: 3.4km return

Tallowa Dam View
Tallowa Dam View – Length: 4km return
Shoalhaven River View
Shoalhaven River View – Length:5.7km return

Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
The Town centre is so charming! Impossible to not fall in love with the area! ❤️

Full of well-maintained historical buildings that will you take you back on a quick trip to the past.

The central area also offers a good variety of restaurants and cafes for you to rest a little and enjoy a lazy lunchtime.

Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre
Kangaroo Valley Town Centre

Hampden Bridge
The iconic Hampden Bridge can be reached on your way in or out of the town centre.
You probably will not be able to miss it. 😜

It is possible to park next to the Southern end of the bridge and walk down a short trail to have a different viewpoint.
Great for stunning photos!

There is a beautiful lake where, I was told, people like to kayak during summer as well.

Hampden Bridge
Hampden Bridge

Manning Lookout
Another breathtaking view from the Kangaroo Valley, this time up from Manning Lookout.

Definitely make sure to stop there for more fantastic photos!

Manning Lookout
Manning Lookout

Fitzroy Falls
This is a place I will come back for sure because we did not have enough time to do everything that was possible.

This time we only had time to do the walks around the 3 waterfalls in the park, but there are some trails that go much further into the park.

Anyways, in case you are short on time like me, go there only for the falls.
They are easily accessible from the park entrance and truly beautiful.

Fitzroy Falls
Fitzroy Falls

Where to eat

Southern Pies
A multi-awarded pie shop with yummy pies. That is the perfect summary. 😋

Options ranging from traditional to unconventional fillings, such as their cheeseburger pie.

The pastry is puffy but not flaky, which makes it conveniently easy to be eaten without making a mess around the table.

Classic beef + Steak, Bacon, and Cheese pies topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.
Classic beef + steak, bacon, and cheese pies, topped with mashed potatoes, mashed peas, and gravy.

Robertson Pie Shop
Super famous amongst the locals and easily spotted while driving to (or from) the Kangaroo Valley.

This pie shop is a star in Robertson, a town we passed by on our way back to Sydney but still very close to the valley.
Their pastry is flaky and buttery, dissolving in your month, and the pie has a generous creamy filling.

Even if there is a long line like on the day we were there, trust me, it is totally worth waiting to have it.

Classic beef and mushrooms.
Robertson Pie’s family pie we cooked at home: classic beef and mushrooms.

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