If you're looking for capture some breathtaking landscapes, Kangaroo Valley should be high up on your list. This gem is located just two hours south of Sydney in the Southern Highlands.
The road from the north into Kangaroo Valley down Barrengarry Hill can be a bit hairy. As you wind your way down the hill, you'll be greeted by panoramic views of the valley below. The road is steep and windy, so take your time and enjoy the scenery along the way. Be sure to stop at one of the lookout points to take in the view and snap some photos. On this particular morning I was greeted with a cloud inversion event, an amazing sight.
Once you reach the valley floor, you'll find yourself surrounded by lush greenery and rolling hills. One of the most iconic landmarks in the area is the historic Hampden Bridge. Built in 1898, this wooden suspension bridge is a testament to the craftsmanship of the era. It spans the Kangaroo River which is another highlight of the valley and a popular destination for kayaking and canoeing. The river winds through the valley, offering paddlers stunning views of the surrounding landscape. You can rent a kayak or canoe from one of the local operators, and explore the river at your own pace.
Another must-visit location in Kangaroo Valley is the Tallowa Dam. This dam was built in the 1970s and forms the Tallowa Reservoir, which provides water for the Shoalhaven and Illawarra regions. The dam itself is an impressive sight and is a great place for a picnic.