Berrima is a charming and well-preserved Georgian village located less than two hours south of Sydney, in the NSW Southern Highlands. First established in the 1830s and mostly built by convict labour, Berrima is rich in heritage buildings: the Court Room, the Prison, and the Church all have historic value. Furthermore, there are plenty of well-preserved stone cottages, which give the place a rustic feel. Nestled on the Wingecarribee River, it’s a small historic town on the way to Canberra and a delightful destination for a day trip. There are various things to do on a day trip to Berrima.
Berrima, Sydney: Go for a Walk
Thankfully, Berrima no longer has heavy traffic going through it. As a result, the place lends itself very well to casual wanderings. The mix of well-preserved and run-down buildings shows the history of the place as well as a contemporary lively atmosphere.
Enjoy a Morning or Afternoon Tea
Berrima does cafe culture very well. There is a range of cafes offering seasonal fare, tea, coffee and cakes. It’s an ideal setting for a catch up with friends. The General Store and Cafe is the middle of town. A great alternative if you prefer a pub is the Surveyor General Inn, the oldest ongoing licensed premises in Australia.
Stock Your Pantry
Berrima offers a great range of locally-run shops, with a good selection of gifts and homewares. For example, you can get lost for a while in the Brown Shutter. More importantly, Berrima is a great destination to stock on pantry essentials, and non-essentials… I admit to shopping for condiments as I shop for fashion, the experience has to be as exciting as the item itself! In Berrima, I love to stock up on honey and jams at Mrs Oldbucks and the Little Hand Stirred Jam Shop. Add to this a few additions to my tea collection and delicious ice-cream and I’m happy!
A relative newcomer is Two Skinny Cooks – Larder Door, they sell a range of handmade products under their own brand: pates, soups, curries, casseroles, relishes and sauces. Furthermore, they stock quality Italian brands for fresh pasta and risotto mixes.
If your sweet tooth is that much more serious, don’t miss the Lolly Swagman.
Indulge in the Finer Food
Berrima’s dedication to good food wouldn’t be complete without a fine dining option. If you are looking to indulge or celebrate a special occasion, head to Eschalot Restaurant. Set in a beautifully restored stone house, they serve delicious and stylish food.
Visit the Galleries
A casual walk around Berrima will undoubtedly take you to some galleries. At the Bell Gallery, you can experience (and purchase) local artwork. If you have time, the Berrima Village Pottery is also worth a visit.
A day trip to Berrima, NSW Southern Highlands, can easily be combined with visits to Berry and Kangaroo Valley. If you are heading further south, I recommend Jervis Bay and Batemans Bay for a beach holiday. For more day trips around Sydney, I also suggest travelling to the Blue Mountains, Barrenjoey Lighthouse and West Head Lookout in Sydney’s North.
If you have suggestions of things to do around Berrima, I would love to hear them, please leave me some comments!