Locals Guide Southern Highlands & Kangaroo Valley

Pre Arrival Locals Guide

We want to make your trip to the Kangaroo Valley and Southern Highlands region feel like you are a local of the region. This is why myself and the team here have created the “locals guide”. A complete checklist of everything you need before coming to the region from a culmination of many years of exploring the region.

Our locals guide is updated regularly, so you don't need to spend hours researching. Everything you need to know about your escape from the city is in one guide. We want you to know what bookings need to be made at the best restaurants in the region ahead of time and what you need to pack to ensure your time is enjoyable.

I personally made the transition from city living to the Kangaroo Valley and Southern Highlands region in 2014. The beauty and serenity of the area still capture me every day and I need to pinch myself that I call this amazing place home. However, there are some important things to consider before you head out the door:


Escape Checklist

  1. Internet & Mobile Connectivity: has a similar feel to 1995. You feel blessed when it works, but don't expect it! It's a great time to unplug and reconnect with those around you. If you can't unplug for your escape, we advise you bring a dongle.

  2. Weather: we love talking about. However, it's really important to take advantage of the maximum day time temperature for activities, but its equally important to look at the low temperatures. Check out our weather report

  3. Clothing: Knowing the weather is perfect to pick that warm outfit for evening walks. Please make sure that you have some wind and waterproof items in the suitcase so you don't catch a chill.

  4. Bugs & Insects: Yes, there are a large assortment of bugs and insects in the region most are friendly! But do be mindful to leave them well alone.  The usual precautions of insect repellent are recommended.

  5. Wildlife: are precious to the area. However, the roads are not as clearly marked as those in the city. The vegetation does creep onto the side of the road, making it appealing for kangaroos,wombats and other wildlife to graze near the sides of the road on dusk. Consider your timings for driving into the region. Please slow down, and ensure you don't hit the wildlife.

  6. Food: Unfortunately, convenience of food and products is not available. Please keep this in mind before departing. Many of the properties are remote and are not stocked with food. What the area lacks in convenience, it makes up for in quality.  There is a fantastic General Store that is open until 5pm selling good quality produce. Once you are down here we have some fantastic farmers markets.

  7. Rubbish: When bringing your food from the city, please consider packaging. Not just for the environment, but also for the size of the bins that we have for the region. Please be aware that any rubbish outside of the bins provided will need to be taken with you, or you will be charged for removal.

  8. Childcare: Babysitting can be arranged, please speak with the Team for information.

  9. Petcare: At our petfriendly homes we look forward to welcoming the furry members of your family.  We do ask that they are up to date with their flea and tick treatment, they do not sleep on the furniture or beds,their mess is cleaned up prior to your departure and you are mindful of the wildlife in your area both for the local critters and your pet.


Our list of suggestions for the Region!

Kangaroo Valley Dining

The Kangaroo Valley offers a variety of Restaurants and Cafes. You do have to keep in mind closing times as its a country town, they are not open as late.

Kangaroo Valley Events & Activities

There is a great calendar of events for the Kangaroo Valley. We have detailed the must see items that the locals enjoy here

Southern Highlands Spas

In amongst the beautiful surroundings you will find some world class beauty spas. The Southern Highlands Spas are consistently counted as part of the top 10 spas of Australia. We know you may be looking to recover after some long winery tours. Perhaps a way of filling in a few hours in between some of the amazing places to eat in the region...Read More

Southern Highlands Dining

Busy city life and ever-increasing property prices have seen an exodus of renowned Sydney chefs to the Southern Highlands. Nicola Coccia (Quay and QT) and Nathan West (Chiswick at the Gallery and Bathers Pavilion) are among the professional foodies who have moved to the region, which now has impressive 80-plus restaurants...Read More

Southern Highlands Wineries

The Southern Highlands is a premium cool climate wine growing area that sits between Sydney and Canberra and the home to some 60 wineries and 16 cellar doors. Sitting at an altitude of around 700 metres is now, after over 17 years of growth, producing many of Australia’s award-winning wines...Read More

Important Numbers:

Emergency Dial:  000 Doctor Eastbrook Medical Centre, Bowral:  02 4862 7666
Rural Fire Brigade:  02 4465 1718 Vets Berry Vet practice:  02 4464 1899
Wires: 1300 094 737 North Nowra Vet Practice:  02 4423 1688
SES:  132 500 Property Manager (Emergencies only):  0428  155 818