Bush walking in Kangaroo Valley
Whether you’re looking for an easy short walk suitable for kids and older people, a more strenuous all day challenge or something in between, you can be sure to find a good selection of walks in Kangaroo Valley. Surrounded by Morton National Park the Valley is blessed with an abundance of pristine wilderness on it’s doorstep.
Kangaroo Valley is a very varied place due to the high escarpments that enclose it and the rivers and creeks that run through it. This geography results in a wide range of differing soils and vegetation types which ensure many wonderful experiences whilst walking in the Valley. Depending on the walk you choose you will be rewarded with dramatic gorge views, rainforest and tall eucalypt forest through to flowering heath and woodland, waterfalls, lakes, rivers and creeks.
Sometimes you will find yourself perched on the edge of an escarpment with an awesome view of seemingly never-ending forest, other times tempted to take a dip in a creek pool or staring up at the dramatic cascade of a waterfall.
Walking allows time to focus on the plants, birds and animals that live in the Valley and you can expect to see wombats, wallabies, echidnas, grey kangaroos and much more: platypus also inhabit the creeks but are elusive creatures. The bird life is prolific and you may spot wedge-tailed eagles soaring high over head, lyre birds scratching the forest floor, yellow-tailed black cockatoos and many types of parrot. In fact 198 different bird species are listed in the back of the walk guide to Kangaroo Valley making it an ideal place for bird watchers.
The NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service publication titled ‘Walks Guide, Kangaroo Valley & Adjacent National Parks’ is a must have for anyone venturing to the Valley to walk. It describes 25 graded walks in detail from 1 (easy) to 7 (very difficult) and is available from the NPWS Fitzroy Falls VC (02 4887 7270) and from retailers in Kangaroo Valley. Topographic 1:25000 maps are also needed for some of the walks and the Kangaroo Valley, Bundanoon and Burrier maps cover most of the walks in the guide book.
Most walks are best enjoyed with a snack or lunch enroute and make sure you carry plenty of water especially in the warmer months. Sunhat, walking shoes or boots and wet weather gear are basic equipment. Warm clothes should be included in your pack as weather can change very suddenly. Kangaroo Valley has distinct seasons and spring, autumn and winter are the best months for most of the walks although creek, lake and waterfall walks are wonderful in the summer months when cooling off in the clear pools is delightful. If walking in spring or summer keep an eye out for snakes basking in the heat. All snakes should be treated with caution and left alone.