NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

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Berry: A Tapestry of Romance and Inclusivity Woven into the South Coast

In the heart of the Shoalhaven region, Berry unfolds as a sanctuary of romance and inclusivity, a picturesque haven where every corner tells a story of love, diversity, and historical charm. This enchanting town, nestled within lush landscapes and rolling hills, serves as a canvas for LGBTQIA+ couples and allies to paint their memories, creating moments that blend seamlessly with the towns serene backdrop and welcoming heart.

Berrys gastronomic scene is a symphony of flavours and communal joy, where eateries like Bangalay Dining transform dining into an intimate dance with nature. Here, the ambience is matched by a menu that sings of the lands bounty, offering dishes that are both an exploration and a celebration of local produce. Two Figs Winery adds a touch of rustic elegance to the culinary experience, inviting couples to sip on exquisite wines while gazing out over vine-clad landscapes, turning each moment into a toast to love and life. In the cosy corners of the hatted restaurant South on Albany, couples indulge in a culinary narrative woven with local ingredients and creative passion, each course a testament to Berrys commitment to food excellence and innovation.

In Berry, accommodation options range from convenient hotels near the town centre to secluded romantic retreats and holiday homes for a local living experience. Mt Hay Retreat, nestled atop rolling pastures, offers luxury and seclusion with panoramic views, while The Drawing Rooms of Berry is an award winning accommodation that provides a sophisticated, luxury setting for couples. The Berry View Hotel, a revamped mid-century motel, offers retro charm with modern amenities, ideal for those seeking unique convenience. Additionally, holiday homes scattered throughout Berry allow guests to immerse themselves in the local lifestyle. This variety ensures that every visitor finds a perfect match, be it for convenience, romance, or a home-like stay, all within close proximity to Berrys lively village atmosphere.

Beyond the culinary delights, Berry invites families and couples to immerse themselves in activities that echo the towns ethos of inclusivity and joy. The local shops, like Few and Far, Shady Fig, and The Berry Barn, are treasure troves of unique finds and handcrafted goods, reflecting the artistic spirit of the region. These boutiques offer not just shopping but an experience, where every item tells a story of craftsmanship and local talent. Creative workshops, such as  Appleye Jewellery Designs, offering a hands-on escape into artistry, allowing couples to create lasting mementos of their time in Berry. The nearby Seven Mile Beach offers an idyllic setting for romantic strolls and picnics, where the rhythm of the waves complements the tranquil ambience of this coastal gem.

Berry, a haven for LGBTQIA+ couples, offers a rich tapestry of experiences that resonate with food-loving travellers seeking both culinary excellence and a welcoming atmosphere. This charming town is home to hatted chefs and eateries that showcase local produce in unpretentious, yet impressive styles, aligning with sophisticated palates. Berrys streets, lined with historical architecture and vibrant flora, lead to adventures in dining, relaxation, and exploration, each step a discovery of the towns heartfelt embrace of all who wander its paths. From the first light of dawn at the local cafes to the starlit evenings at award-winning restaurants, Berry crafts moments of pure delight and profound togetherness.

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A Berry Special Anniversary Surprise

Nestled within the verdant landscapes of the Shoalhaven region, Berry unfolds as an idyllic backdrop for love, offering a surprise weekend away that celebrates the beauty of connection. Just two hours south of Sydney, this charming town weaves together the threads of romance, luxury, and the bliss of unexpected surprises, making it the perfect setting for an LGBTQIA+ couple marking another year of togetherness.

Day 1: The Surprise Unveiled


Morning: Your day begins with a smile and the heartfelt drive from Sydney to Berry. The car packed with anticipation for the romantic weekend ahead. Leaving mid-morning, the short two hour drive from Sydney will have you arriving in Berry by lunch time.

Afternoon: Upon arrival, its time for a leisurely stroll for supplies on the main streets of Berry. First stop is Shady Fig, where a bouquet of romantic flowers awaits, symbolising the love and thoughtfulness behind your surprise getaway. Next, a visit to Justin Lill Wines to select the perfect local wines, followed by a trip to Berry Chocolatier where the lovely gay couple who make the chocolate are known for their attention to detail and amazing quality sweets.

With these tokens of affection, drive 2 minutes down Queen Street and check into the Berry View Hotel, setting up a romantic welcome for your partner.

Late Afternoon: Your partner arrives by train, stepping into a meticulously planned surprise, just another 2 minute drive from The Berry View. The joy of reunion is celebrated with wine and treats in the comfort of your hotel room, a toast to your love and the adventures that lie ahead.

Evening: As the sun dips below the horizon, Bangalay Dining sets the scene for your romantic dinner. Depart your accommodation, driving or taking a taxi, just a 15 minute drive away to Bangalay Dining. Sundowner cocktails give way to a gourmet meal, each course a testament to the region's bounty and the chefs' artistry.

Night: The days excitement gently fades as you return to you accommodation, enveloped in the tranquility of Berry for a night of restful sleep.


Three days in BERRY

In Berry, couples find a sanctuary that feels a world away, yet is comfortably close to home, blending country charm with the tranquility of nature. 

This haven of heritage and harmony offers a retreat where every meal, stay, and activity immerses visitors in a sense of belonging, joy, and serene detachment from daily life. The towns enchanting mix of pastoral beauty and natural landscapes fosters an intimate atmosphere, making it an idyllic escape where couples can experience both the quaint allure of village life and the rejuvenating embrace of the outdoors. Here, every visit becomes a cherished journey into the essence of love and community, leaving couples with memories as enduring and sweet as the locally crafted chocolates. Berry, with its unassuming elegance and heartfelt welcome, truly becomes a home away from home..


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