Surrounded by the lush Southern Highlands countryside, the historic village of Berrima is full of charm, character and elegance. With its colonial sandstone buildings, Berrima is widely recognised as the best preserved Georgian village in mainland Australia.

You’ll find plenty of things to do in Berrima, an easy drive from Sydney and Canberra. Enjoy elegant restaurants, wine tasting and fresh local produce. Visit one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, the Surveyor General Inn, which was built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone.

A table of food inside the charming Bendooley Estate, Berrima

The grand and picturesque Bendooley Estate is home to an incredible Book Barn with thousands of old and new books. Afterwards, taste superb wines at the cellar door and dine in the estate’s restaurant. In the pretty hills north is Joadja Estate, the oldest winery in the highlands.

For European cuisine, dine at the award-winning Eschalot, which has its own produce garden. The Tasting Room at The Loch is open Sundays for an exquisite paddock-to-plate experience. Browse local galleries and shops such as the Bay Tree Gallery and Mrs Oldbucks Pantry.

The beautiful sandstone Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Berrima, Southern Highlands

Places to stay include the inn, a weatherboard motel, colonial cottages and country retreats. A great way to discover the village is on the self-guided Berrima Heritage Walk. Stop by the Berrima Courthouse, a Regency-style design built in the 1830s from hand-hewn sandstone.

The National Trust-listed Harper’s Mansion is a preserved Georgian-style residence open on Saturdays, Sundays and most public holidays. Explore the gardens and try your luck navigating the maze. For fascinating artefacts, stories and exhibitions, visit the Berrima District Museum.