Kangaroo Valley is a rift valley about a 2 hour drive south of Sydney. The area was first settled in 1817 when Charles Throsby, an explorer and Captain Richard Brooks, a cattleman, opened the area for white settlement. The felling and exporting of cedar trees quickly became the main industry in Kangaroo Valley. By the mid-1840s, a number of dairy farmers made the region their home, specialising in the production of milk and butter.
Our friends Mike and Faye bought a house there a couple of years ago and have done a wonderful ‘reno’ job all by themselves! They had graciously invited us to stay with them for their weekend break down there and we were so happy to accept. The countryside here is exceptionally beautiful, and the wildlife is always at your doorstep. Yes literally, including Kangaroo’s and the Huntsman spider we encountered.
The house is just a short walk to a creek where we could do some ‘wild swimming’ and cool off in the shade. The water is beautifully clear and crisp, most welcoming on a hot day in December!