Berry is a lovely little rural town only 2 hours south of Sydney. Set in a beautiful bucolic setting, surrounded by rolling green hills, its proximity and easy access makes an ideal choice for a day trip from Sydney. Berry is blessed with a mix of rustic, small-town feel, a busy cafe life and great shopping. Berry’s proximity to the NSW South Coast’s breathtaking beaches makes it a diverse destination for a day. If you need convincing, I have 7 reasons to take a day trip to Berry.
Drive the Country Side
Berry is a two-hour drive south of Sydney, along the NSW South Coast. It’s a pleasant drive through the Royal National Park, Wollongong and Kiama. Berry is nestled in rich dairy country, a heritage town dedicated to good food and wine, surrounded by pastoral green hills. Driving through the hills, you wouldn’t think the coast is so close.
Enjoy a Casual Lunch
Berry has a very sophisticated cafe culture and a range of very good restaurants. Although a number of them are located on the main street, such as Hedgehog Coffee Shop, there is quite a lot of traffic going through, including on weekends, so it’s something to keep in mind. On our last visit, we discovered the Figbird Cafe, in a quiet back street. It was quiet, not too busy, and the food was lovely.
Shop for Homewares and Gifts
Berry offers a great range of gift and homeware stores. Indeed, there are other shops, but the great range of home-related items available in Berry is very attractive.
The Shady Fig is a florist with a lovely earthy and organic style. You can find some lovely eclectic items for your home decor.
Maison & More is a Berry institution and is full of unique and quirky items. On our visit, they had a great selection of Christmas decorations.
Haven & Space has a great selection of baskets, large or small as well as tableware, furniture and much more.
Visit the Art Galleries
Berry has a healthy art and craft scene and artists offer their wares. You can shop for handmade fashion, textile and various design objects. The Precinct Galleries is a must-see.
Wander the Streets Eating Naughty Food
Berry has a lovely small town feel and it’s worth going for a wander. However, the main drag does see a lot of traffic through. This may be able to change soon with a new bypass road being built and, hopefully, Berry will regain that quiet feeling of times passed. On your wanders, you will certainly walk past the Ice Creamery and the Famous Berry Donut Van. Go for it, and you can walk it off!
Discover the Beaches
Berry is only a short drive from the NSW South Coast and the difference in scenery is quite dramatic. There is a choice of beaches where you can relax and enjoy the surf: Seven Mile Beach, Shoalhaven Heads, Werri Beach and Walkers Beach.
Sample the Local Wines
Indeed, a visit to Berry wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting. There are several wineries nearby and they offer the perfect setting to relax. We actually discovered Silos Estate years ago when attending a friend’s wedding and it’s a beautiful place with great wines and tasty food.
Whilst Berry is a great day trip, it is also on the way to Jervis Bay if you are planning a longer holiday. Furthermore, a detour through Kangaroo Valley is not to be missed. If you want to make a weekend of it, you can also pass through Berrima.
Do you have experiences in Berry you would like to share? Please give me tips for my next trip in the comments below!