A NSW Top Tourism Town Finalist

Welcome to Berrima

Category: population under 5,000 residents.
Voting open from 09:00 Friday 7 May 2021 till 17:00 Friday 14 May 2021 AEST.
Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category.
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Historic Berrima – A Timeless Romance

A pair of platypus’s frolic in the Wingecarribee River as the early morning sun peeks over the majestic English pine and oak trees of Historic Berrima.The aroma of coffee drifts through the main street to wake and tempt the early morning visitors and residents as they casually meander and explore the bygone days of this postcard town. Historic Berrima is an enchanting place to rekindle your romantic flame whilst discovering nature, shopping, food, wine and enchanting stories of days gone by with your loved one. It’s also one of the friendliest places that you’ve (n)ever been to.

Australia’s oldest and best preserved Georgian architectural town, Berrima has been a major meeting place between Sydney and Melbourne since its establishment in 1830, popularly known as the ‘Romantic’ era. Located 2 hours south of Sydney and a halfway point on route to Canberra, this small village of approximately 700 passionate ‘Berrima-ites’ is the Southern Highlands ‘jewel in the crown’ tourism hotspot. Surrounded by unique boutiques, antiques, art galleries and gourmet eating and drinking spots the town is a place to slow down and breathe in the cool crisp country air.





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Bursting with historical sites to feed your senses, Berrima is best discovered on foot or alternatively hire one of the vintage inspired electric bikes from Schmokin and cruise the village’s magnificent attractions with your love one. Embrace the striking sandstone columned Courthouse, where you can have some fun and dress up in colonial costumes and immerse yourself in Australia’s first Trial by Jury murder case against lovers Dunkley and Beech or take a haunted Ghost Tour experience after-dark.

Step back in time at Harpers Mansion where you can also unravel your way through its Maze overlooking the picturesque village. Berrima’s past is best showcased at the Museum where you will be surprised to learn that the towns Gaol and River banks were home to WW1 German Internees. 

To maintain your energy levels and satisfy retail therapy urges, the town offers boutique shopping and cuisine solutions that can be combined with unique heritage venues such as a local ale beside the roaring fireplace at Australia’s oldest licenced pub, the Surveyor General Inn, to hatted restaurants and cafes serving seasonal paddock to plate experiences, to local cool climate wineries of Pepper Green and Bendooley Estate, jam shops full of delicacies, stocking locally grown goodies as well as take home treats and even lollies for the big kids at Lolly Swagman.  If this sounds all too busy why not checkout with a romantic novel and coffee at Australia’s largest Book Barn – Berkelouw’s    There are plenty of overnight resting places from unique and luxurious historic cottages, self-contained houses, pub style rooms, a camp ground, to a beautiful village Motel and six-star boutique winery bungalows.To cap off a romantic stay, a sunset and starry sky walk to the total deliciousness of local produce at one of the village restaurants - is a must!  Historic Berrima – A Timeless Romance 

Voting open from 9:00 AEST, Friday 7 May 2021
to 17:00, Friday 14 May 2021. 

Members of the public may only lodge one vote for one town in each category. Subsequent votes by the same voter will be excluded from consideration.  See full Terms & Conditions


Four days in Berrima

This beautiful, historic village (1831) that time forgot is like the grand old dame of the Southern Highlands of NSW. Berrima’s stunning colonial sandstone buildings, country cottage gardens and river walks make it super popular for couples looking to escape the big smoke to unwind and rekindle their love and enjoy life’s little pleasures. It’s also a great base to explore the picture postcard surrounding patchwork quaint towns and villages of the renowned Highlands region.



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