BERRIMA At A Glance
The rugged landscape of the Southern Highlands is the backdrop to this elegantly rustic country town. With intimate tea houses, art galleries and sandstone buildings with stories to tell, Berrima is reminiscent of times passed and has a warmth that lingers.
Local artisans and country town living within easy reach of larger centres.
Bendooley Estate has a bookstore, cellar door and café, while Surveyor General Inn has a delicious bistro and beer garden.
The Surveyor General Inn is Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn.
The sounds of the Australian bush and towering eucalyptus trees give way to Berrima, a small, historic town in the Southern Highlands. Berrima Village on the Old Hume Highway has charming cafés and teahouses, art galleries and speciality stores. But it’s the beautiful sandstone structures that speak to a bygone era.
A weekend destination, and for the lucky few, a place to call home, Berrima is considered one of the most well-preserved Georgian villages on the Australian mainland. The streets are adorned with beautiful buildings – the Berrima District Museum and the National Trust-listed Harper’s Mansion are just moments from the historic court house and gaol, and a short walk to The Surveyor General Inn, Australia’s oldest continuously licensed inn. The village offers fine dining, boutique shopping, and nostalgic specialty stores.
Venture out of town and in a few minutes, you can be at the cellar doors of some of the region’s finest vineyards, such as Joadja Vineyards and Winery, and Bendooley Estate. The neighbouring towns of Bowral, Mittagong, and Moss Vale are close at hand for the conveniences of a larger township.
Once a popular stopover for travellers en route to Sydney or Canberra, Berrima today is a quiet country town. But come the weekend and Berrima is filled with those eager to get in touch with a simpler time.
Berrima’s small community attracts retirees, empty nesters and young families. The mix of affordable houses and estate properties caters to many. Renowned for being a sleepy town during the week, Berrima is bustling with out of towners on weekends.
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This is country living at its finest – an intimate village and a tight-knit community. And the best part is, you don’t have to stray too far from town to be amongst vineyards and working properties with cattle and alpacas.
WINE & DINE
From home-style cooking to fine dining, Berrima’s love affair with good food and wine resonates throughout the cafés, restaurants, bistros and cellar doors. The Surveyor General Inn, Eschalot Restaurant and The General Store and Café are just some of the favourites.
Established in the 1830s, Berrima Village was a prosperous town until the rail line and highway bypassed it. The result of its enforced isolation is a beautiful Georgian village with nostalgic storefronts that attracts thousands of visitors a year.
Berrima is situated in a cool-climate wine region and there are 10 wineries within 15 minutes of the village, among them Bendooley Estate and Joadja Vineyards and Winery.
Many streets are lined with historic sandstone and timber cottages. Some of them are private residences, others have been converted into weekend getaways. Look a bit further out of town for acreage and beautiful estate homes or head south along the Old Hume Highway to Taylor Avenue for new estate developments in New Berrima.