Access

"Coolana" (an Aboriginal word which means "happy meeting place of the future") is located in the scenic Kangaroo Valley, south of Sydney.

Driving Directions

Drive to Kangaroo Valley, via one of the following routes from Sydney:

  1. Hume Highway (M31) via Mittagong & Bowral and then the B73 to Kangaroo Valley (162km, ~2h from Sydney CBD in light traffic)
  2. Princes Highway (A1) to Albion Park Rail, then via A48 to Robertson, Myra Vale Rd to the B73 and then to Kangaroo Valley (164km, ~2h40m)
  3. Princes Highway (A1) to Berry, then Tourist Route 7 (Kangaroo Valley Rd) to the B73 and then to Kangaroo Valley (168km, ~2h45)

The best route will depend on where you are coming from in Sydney and the traffic.

Google map & directions to Coolana - option (1) (new window)

If coming via (1) or (2), turn right on to Mt Scanzi Rd 900m after crossing the Kangaroo River on the Hampden Bridge. If coming via (3), turn left on to Mt Scanzi Rd 700m past the centre of town. Map of Kangaroo Valley indicating Coolana

Drive 5km to the intersection of the Mount Scanzi Road and Tallowa Dam Road (just past the power lines). At the junction, continue straight ahead on Tallowa Dam Rd for 100 metres, to the entrance to Coolana, signposted S. B. Walkers.

The entrance is on the north side of the road (grid reference 692513 on the Burrier map (8928-2-S)). Open & close the gate, and drive 400m on the dirt track to the car park. Vehicles may not be taken any further than this except as part of planned maintenance activities. It is possible to camp near the cars; this is near the escarpment, so take care at night. The primary camping area is on the Camping Flat beside the river, 600m down the hill following the 4WD track. This is easy to follow at night with a torch! The track is suitable for hand trolleys.

Alternatively there is a bush track that leaves from the right of the 4WD track about 50m after the first hair pin bend. This leads directly to the shelter shed, but is not recommended in the dark.

Public Transport

The closest you can get by public transport is to Kangaroo Valley town. From there it is a 6km walk (or get a lift) to Coolana, as described above.

Public Transport options are:

  1. Train to Bomaderry (Nowra) and either 809 bus (Kennedys Tours) or 810 bus (Berrima Buslines) to Kangaroo Valley
  2. Train to Moss Vale and 810 bus (Berrima Buslines) to Kangaroo Valley

See the Transport NSW website for more info.

There is also the option of cycling from Nowra (21km) or Moss Vale (34km).

Facilities

There is an open three-sided Shelter Shed 2/3 of the way down the 4WD track, and a Composting Toilet just up from the Camping Flat. Untreated water from our creek (which has a pristine catchment area) is piped to a tap near the Shed, and to a tap on the camping flat. Tank water from the Shed supplies water to a sink by the toilet. There is no power (the lights in the toilet and the exhaust fan are operated from a storage battery and a solar panel).

The Kangaroo Valley Village has a number of facilities: a Pub, Mini Super Market/Service Station, Stores, Cafes, Tourist Shops and activities, etc. For more information, browse the Kangaroo Valley Tourist website.

Details of wildlife and other conservation activities can be found at Wildlife and Conservation - Kangaroo Valley Tourist website

National Parks

There are several national parks and reserves within a short drive of Kangaroo Valley. The main ones are:

Guides

The NSW NPWS publication 'Walks Guide, Kangaroo Valley & Adjacent National Parks' describes 25 graded walks in detail from 1 (easy) to 7 (very difficult) and is available for purchase from the NPWS Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre (02 4887 7270) and from retailers in Kangaroo Valley (Hampden Cottage Craft, Homelea Cottage, Kangaroo Valley Woodcrafts).

Download the PDF to print How to get to Coolana V2 (PDF 76KB)

News

New Members Information Night
New Members Information Nights are held every month except January, at 16 Fitzroy Street Kirribilli, 7:30pm - 8:30 pm on the second Wednesday the month.

 

February 2017 - Autumn Program released!

The Autumn Program for 2017 is now out and has been emailed to members. Check it out for lots of great walks around Sydney and beyond. If you haven't got your copy, it can be downloaded from the Member's Area of the website. You'll need to login to access it.

 

Prospective Members, watch your Qs

Are you a Prospective Member and have completed your Qualifying (Q) day walks and overnight trip as well as the first aid and navigation training requirements? If yes, then you're eligible to become a Full Member!

 

Contact
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