Hampden Bridge is a wonderful attraction in beautiful Kangaroo Valley 2 hours from Sydney or Canberra between the South Coast and Southern Highlands.
The bridge is Australia’s last surviving wooden suspension bridge and has a very special design with Gothic Victorian sandstone towers that make it look like the entrance to a secret medieval castle. You can take a self-guided tour of the bridge and learn its story. If you have a smart phone, watch the film about Hampden Bridge and the community and RMS’s action to help restore it.
Visit our dedicated website devoted to Hampden Bridge Heritage and watch the film, hear the folk song and discover more reasons why Kangaroo Valley is Australia’s most beautiful Valley.
Things to do at Hampden Bridge:
- Hampden Bridge is a great place to take a photograph - a souvenir of your holiday
- Visit the Pioneer Museum Park and see the quaint original homesteads of Kangaroo Valley filled with interesting artefacts (western side of the bridge)
- Enjoy a BBQ in the museum’s park
- Take the enchanting Kangaroo Valley Nature Reserve bush walk (entry via the Pioneer Museum)
- Relax and enjoy the shady Hampden Bridge Park with a large lawn and café
- Stroll down to the river and paddle in the water or enjoy a picnic (eastern side of the bridge)
- Launch your canoe in the river (canoe hire company on the western side of the bridge or one in the village)
- Stoll or cycle down the footpath back to the village 1 km following the Historic Walk (free booklet from the Visitors Information Centre)
- Take part in the Hampden Bridge challenge: kids competition where you have to answer questions and draw a bridge of your own design to win (entry forms from the Visitors Information Centre in the village)