Visit the best-preserved Georgian village in Australia, built in amongst the lush, green surroundings of NSW’s Southern Highlands. Berrima’s colonial sandstone buildings and classic country charm make this an historic village well worth a visit.
Things to do
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. Stop for a drink at one of Australia’s oldest licensed pubs, the Surveyor General Inn, built by convicts in 1834 from local sandstone.
The leafy streets are lined with outdoor cafes and interesting shops. The grand and picturesque Bendooley Estate on the edge of town 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.
Food and wine
In the hills north of Berrima is Joadja Estate, the oldest winery in the Southern Highlands. PepperGreen Estate has a cellar door with a restaurant, and wine and olive oil tasting in the centre of town. For European cuisine, dine at the award-winning Eschalot. The Tasting Room at The Loch is open Sundays for a paddock-to-plate experience.
Arts and culture
Browse local galleries and shops such as the Bay Tree Gallery and Mrs Oldbucks Pantry. The National Trust-listed Harper’s Mansion is a preserved Georgian-style residence open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. For artefacts, stories and exhibitions, visit the Berrima District Museum.
Getting there and where to stay
Berrima is just under two hours’ drive from both Sydney and Canberra. You can also catch the train from Sydney to nearby Moss Vale and transfer via local bus. Berrima offers history lovers a chance to sleep in the past, with a good range of restored cottages, some of which are on the National Trust list.