Step back in time in Berrima
Berrima is on of the best-preserved examples of a Georgian village on the Australian mainland, boasting a unique collection of unspoilt Georgian sandstone homes and historic public buildings from the 19th century. Today it is also home to some fine restaurants and vineyards.
Established in the 1830s, the delightful Southern Highlands village of Berrima is just 122 km south-west of Sydney and close to the three main towns of the Southern Highlands, Bowral, Mittagong and Moss Vale.
In this historic town you'll find art galleries, antique stores and fine restaurants, including the award winning French inspired Echalot, making it a great place to stay.
Take a stroll around the village to acquaint yourself with the historic buildings of the town, many of which are open to the public. Pay a visit to the Berrima Courthouse. Built in 1838, it is constructed from hand-hewn sandstone in Regency style. The courthouse offers guided tours, and you can also explore on your own.
To journey further into the history of this Country NSW town, visit the Berrima District Museum, which covers the history of the Southern Highlands, and the National Trust-listed Harper's Mansion, with its extensive gardens and hedge maze.
Learn more about the fascinating colonial history by taking the popular heritage walk. Or, if you need a refreshment, you'll also find Australia's oldest licensed pub here. You might even encounter the resident ghost.
For those who love to browse books make sure you visit the fabulous Bendooley Estate Book Barn, packed with approximately 300,000 second-hand titles.
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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.