The Best Things to do in Berry NSW on a Day Trip or a Weekend

The Best Things to do in Berry NSW on a Day Trip or a Weekend

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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 or a relaxing weekend. Berry is blessed with a mix of rustic, small-town feel, a busy café life and great shopping. If you need convincing, here are the best things to do in Berry NSW on a day trip or a weekend.

The Best Things to do in Berry NSW on a Day Trip or a Weekend

Sydney to Berry is a two-hour drive south of Sydney, in the NSW Southern Highlands. It’s a pleasant drive through the Royal National Park, Wollongong and Kiama. Berry is nestled in a 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.

Accommodation in Berry

Southern Highlands accommodation is plentiful. As Berry is so close to the coast, you can find places to stay on AirBnb all the way to Kiama. For a relaxing weekend, I tend to favour a little cottage in the green hills…

If you are looking for Berry accommodation, you may come across options in Kangaroo Valley, which is just over the mountain.

Restaurants in Berry

Berry has a sophisticated cafe culture and a range of good restaurants. A number of the cafés and Berry restaurants are located on the main street, which used to get heavy road traffic so I preferred the places in the back streets.

The Figbird Cafe is a great place for lunch on a day trip from Sydney to Berry
Figbird Cafe & Deli

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. Now that the traffic has been diverted from the heart of Berry, it’s a lot more pleasant.

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.

You don't want to miss the Shady Fig when you go from Sydney to Berry
Shady Fig

Haven & Space is a furniture store, with a great selection of baskets, large or small as well as tableware, furniture and much more.

Shopping at Haven and Space is worth a day trip from Sydney to Berry
Haven & Space

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.

Also keep an eye out for the regular markets in the Southern Highlands.

Wander the Streets Eating Naughty Food

Berry has a lovely small town feel and it’s worth going for a wander. 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!

There is a lot of nice shopping in Berry NSW
Berry NSW

And if you are looking for an afternoon drink, it’s impossible to miss the Berry pub.

Southern Highlands Wineries

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 one of the nicest Southern Highlands wedding venues.

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.

Take some time for the beach on your day trip from Sydney to Berry
NSW South Coast

Jervis Bay is only an hour’s drive from Berry and I highly recommend a visit to enjoy the pristine beaches. If you have more time, you can drive further down the coast to Mollymook and Batemans Bay.

Beyond Berry

For a great NSW road trip, why not make your way to Berrima, via Fitzroy Falls and Moss Vale.

My other recommendations for day trips around New South Wales are Bouddi National Park, The Basin, Barrenjoey Headland and the Blue Mountains.

If you have more time and want to make a weekend of it, why not try Mudgee or Orange, these places are great for a food and wine weekend!

Do you have experiences in Berry you would like to share? Please give me tips for my next trip in the comments below!

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Berry is a charming country town in New South Wales, Australia. Take a day trip 2 hours south of Sydney and indulge in a spot of shopping and lunch at one of the cafes.


  1. Seana Smith

    September 4, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    We used to stop here a lot when we visited Jervis Bay regularly, I do miss my cakes and pies from the excellent Sourdough Bakery!!

    1. Delphine

      September 5, 2019 at 8:27 am

      Hi Seana, I really like the ice cream shop in Berry… And there are some really nice homewares shops!

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