History and heritage in Berrima
Berrima is full to the brim with Australian colonial heritage â from its sandstone buildings and historic courthouse to Australia's oldest licensed pub. Who knows, you might even encounter a ghost here.
This delightful destination in the Southern Highlands is just 122 km south-west of Sydney. Berrima has a unique collection of unspoilt Georgian sandstone homes and historic public buildings from the 19th century. Take a self-guided walk around the village to visit the many historic buildings open to the public and soak up the atmosphere. There are also craft galleries, fine restaurants, wineries and teahouses, making it a great place to stay and discover much about the early days of European settlement in Australia. Choose from range of quaint accommodation options when you visit.
There are plenty of things to see and do in Berrima. Browse through the many antique shops; visit the Berrima Courthouse; and enjoy a Guinness and a meal at the Surveyor General Inn â Australia's oldest continually licensed inn. A converted barn near Berrima houses Berkelouw Books, which is packed with approximately 300,000 second-hand books.
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Friends shopping in Berrima. Image Anson Smart
Historic courthouse in Berrima. Image Trevor Creighton
Historic Saint Francis Xavier Catholic Church, part of the Berrima Heritage Walk.