Kangaroo Valley has many beautiful and fascinating heritage places of interest:
There are over 40 heritage listed buildings and places of interest and 7 National Trust listings. Many of these can be seen if you take the self guided walk.
Drive along the local road and you journey along a historic trail. Many of the roads in the area may have followed ancient Aboriginal tracks walks for thousands of years.
- Myerla Pass is the Timelong Track, the first journey made by a European into the valley guided by Timelong an Aboriginal elder. This route was developed into the original road from the Southern Highlands.
- Kangaroo Valley Road. This takes you from Berry (Princess Highway) to the heart of Kangaroo Valley and follows the route early Cedar Getters took to collect more than a million feet of the precious trees bound for Sydney. The route today offers you a wonderful journey through forests, pastures with dramatic views.
The National Trust, in 1975, recognised the aesthetic values of Kangaroo Valley and listed the area as a conservation zone. It is acclaimed as an area of outstanding natural beauty and the principle area of scenic values in the Illawarra and Shoalhaven region.
Visitor can see the magnificent sandstone escapement draped with temperate rainforest and eucalyptus forests. Much of its has remained unchanged for thousands of years. While around the valley floor land has been cleared to offer lush green pastures, dairy farms and small hamlets laced with permanently ruing rivers and creeks. Take the pathway from the village to Barrengarry and you will pass may historic houses and be able to see the magnificent vistas. Perfect times are early morning or afternoons when the lighting highlights the landscape perfectly.
Indigenous Heritage Places & Landscape
With its abundant food, shelter, water and sharing of dreamtime stories Kangaroo Valley was visited by the local Aboriginal people. The Wodi Wodi, Gundungurra, Yuin and Wallaga Lake groups and many more met here in the Valley and enjoyed its gifts. They travelled
through on their way to the mountains for trading, celebrations such as the bogong moth feasts, marriages and initiation of the young men. Many of these tracks still exist today. So you can respectfully tread the very same paths of the Indigenous people. Discover why they have always felt Kangaroo Valley was a spiritual place of great energy and healing.
Many features of the landscape hold important sacred values. There are also a number of sites including axe gridding stones, cave paintings, river camp sites and tools for hunting and fishing.
Plan your visit:
Kangaroo Valley Tourist Association website can be found here
Kangaroo Valley Visitors Information Centre – located at the Bowling Club in Kangaroo Valley Village