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Ryders Creek is situated very conveniently between the delightful and award winning townships of Berry and Kangaroo Valley Village. It's a quick 7 min drive to Kangaroo Valley Village and no more than 15 minutes to Berry. As such the options in terms of activities are pretty endless, whether you want to relax on the farm, breathe the fresh air, listen to the birds and not go anywhere (highly recommended!), swim/canoe on the river or go for a bush walk.
Consider exploring the surrounding regions. Ryders makes a perfect base for more than a weekend stay. situated as it is between the highlands and the coast. The Southern Highlands and the South Coast's beautiful beaches are merely a 30 min country drive away.
There are an abundance of activities available in Kangaroo Valley and the surrounds. Swim in one of the valley's many waterholes or in the Kangaroo Valley River under Hampton Bridge, or for the more adventurous, canoe or kayak it. Have a hit of tennis, play some golf, go to the local pool (you will be amazed with the escarpment backdrop) or cycle the country roads.
There are music, sculpture and arts festivals, the beer festival, Kangaroo Valley Show and the annual bonfire night at the Friendly Inn.
Just a couple of minutes drive from Ryders towards Berry is the beautiful Drawing Room Rocks Hiking Trial, one of the best walking trails the area has to offer.
Our favourite is the General Cafe, Kangaroo Valley, you'll want to visit more than once! Meals are flavoursome, the scones are amazing and you can also pick up handcrafted preserves, kombucha and some organic sourdough baked by Mrs Bread.
In Berry we highly recommend The Hungry Duck, Queen Street Eatery (which is a wine bar at night), Berry Sourdough Cafe & the affiliated Milkwood Bakery, Bussola, Il Locale Gelato and the famous Berry Donut Van.
There are also various produce markets around, where you can pick up fresh and seasonal produce whilst at the same time positively supporting local growers and farmers. The Kangaroo Valley Farmers Markets are on every second Sunday of the month 830am - 1pm, whilst the Berry Country Markets are on the first Sunday of the month.
Can we suggest the following day trips:
- Visit Berry then head north to Kiama. Visit the Blow Hole and Little Blow hole, if you'd like a swim in the ocean our favourite beach is Kendall's Beach. If you feel like a meander or gentle bush walk visit Minnamurra Rainforest. If you can fit in Gerringong, Natural Necessity is a great surf shop with on trend clothing, in particular for men, their Perfect Break Cafe also serves wholesome organic foods. A hot recommendation is to try to stop in for a meal at the Blue Swimmer Cafe/Restaurant, Gerroa. It's a hit for breakfast, lunch or dinner, however be sure to check their opening hours before you go.
- If you're a fan of theme parks and waterslides a day trip to Jamberoo Action Park is recommended.
- Pack a picnic and Head South beyond Nowra to the Pristine White Beaches of Jervis Bay. Hyams & Chinamans Beach are easily accessed or head into the Booderee National Park for outstanding hikes and a swim at one of the many spectacular beaches such as Murray's, there's an information centre just as you enter the park. Whether it be for lunch or dinner Wharf Rd, Nowra is the place to dine!
- If you'd like to go for a country drive to the Southern Highlands head back through Kangaroo Valley and up the mountain towards Fitzroy Falls. In the rainy months Fitzroy Falls are visually spectacular, it's an easy walk on a raised wooden track to the lookout. Continue on along Sheepwash Rd and you'll arrive at Bowral. There are antique shops, clothing boutiques, furniture and homeware stores and scrumptious deli's and cafes (and a delighful old cinema). If you'd like to sample local ingredients try a lunch sharing menu or the tasting menu for dinner at Biota Dining or try Bistro Officina, where everything is cooked with fire in a traditional European style. Some other highlights include Mount Ashby Estate, a boutique vineyard and cellar door with a store housing provincial antique furniture. If travelling with kids visit the Farm Club. If you're looking to walk off all the food, on your journey back to Ryders go via Belmore Falls for a walk. If you'd rather a pint or a glass head to the sensational Burrawang pub (worth a trip in itself).