52. Go Shopping

The village is no longer merely a stopping point on the way to somewhere else. Today’s Berrima is a delightful destination in its own right – for a day trip, for a weekend, or for a much longer holiday.

A Unique Shopping Experience

From fine art to groceries, from pottery to soft toys, antiques to exotics, jewellery to garments, books for reading and crafts for making or to have made for you, from pampering your taste buds to pampering your whole body; it’s all here in Berrima’s galleries, salons, craft shops, gift shops, clothing shops, kids shops and other specialist retailers. (And for those contemplating a tree change or hill change, Berrima even has its own real estate agent.)

The Bay Tree Gallery offers the visitor both local and regional mixed media artwork and also has a large range of quality products including leather handbags, ladies and mens fashion and accessories. An ideal place to visit and look around or pick up that unique gift for someone special.

Oldbucks Corner – an interesting collection of shops providing specialty items and foo

The Bay Tree Gallery is located at 11B Old Hune H’way Featuring local and regional artwork with a large range of quality products. Including leather bags, fashion accessories, a large range of jewellery and much more. An ideal place to visit look around or pick up that gift of a lifetime. The gallery has a huge range of gift cards for all occasions including a number of locally hand made cards. The gallery is open 7 days (except Christmas Day) from 9am till 5pm and can be contacted on 0248771333

51. Visit Bendooley Estate

The grand Bendooley Estate is a spectacular destination within the Southern Highlands. Dine at Bendooley’s restaurant. Stay in luxurious cottages within the beautifully preserved 200-acre property. Take in the beauty of the soaring ceilings and spectacular interior spaces of The Stables.  Enjoy wine tastings at the cellar door by the vineyards.  Be in awe of the grand estate’s extraordinary history.

The cellar door caters for many moods: inviting lounges, intimate seating and a charming courtyard with vineyard vistas.  The vines flourish from the Southern Highlands’ rich red volcanic soil, high altitude, warm days and long cool evenings.

Address:  3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
Cellar Door:  Wine Tastings  10am – 5pm
Lunch: Weekdays from 12pm Weekends from 11.30am
Dinner & events:  Please contact to arrange
Bookings are preferred for Bendooley Estate’s restaurants.
Website:  https://bendooleyestate.com.au/bendooley-estate/
Phone:  02 4877 2235

50. Visit Morton National Park

Morton National Park

Be enthralled by nature on a grand scale at Morton National Park. If the cascading Fitzroy Falls do not leave you breathless, try the sweeping views from the top of Pigeon House Mountain Didthul. This enormous park really does have something for everyone; whether you are an experienced bushwalker looking for remote wilderness hiking, a novice mountain biker looking for an easy ride or a keen photographer looking for some scenic waterfalls to capture.

You will find imposing gorges dissecting the landscape alongside pockets of rainforest that are full of wildlife. There are a number of well-equipped picnic areas and numerous informal spots where you can stop for a break to enjoy the view and if you’d like to go camping, head to Gambells Rest campground in the Bundanoon precinct of the park. The park is easily accessible from Bundanoon, Kangaroo Valley, Nowra and Ulladulla, so it makes for a great day trip or weekend getaway.

Address:  Nowra Rd Fitzroy Falls
Open:  9:00am-5:00pm, daily (closed Christmas Day)
Cost:  parking $3
Website:  www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/morton-national-park/
Phone:  02 4887 7270

49. See a Potter at Work

Berrima Village Pottery

You can see them in action in the Berrima Village Pottery studio. Berrima Village Pottery has a large ever changing range of home wares, furniture, items for the garden, and so much more!

Berrima Village Pottery is all about beautifully handcrafted pieces that will give you pleasure every day. Whether it is having your morning coffee in your favourite cup or burning one of the scented Soy Lattes.   We are commited to producing quality pottery that is timeless and up to the daily rigours of life.   All our pottery starts as a ball of clay, every piece is unique.

Visit our Shop/Studio located in Historic Berrima and see the potter at work as well   as delight in the gorgeous space that is our shop.
Right next door to Berrima Bakehouse Motel.

Address:  Cnr Old Hume Highway & Wingecarribee St, Berrima
Open:  10am – 4pm 7 days
Web:  https://www.facebook.com/BerrimaVillagePottery/
Phone:  02 4877 1953 : 0412 271 385
Email:  bvpots@bigpond.net.au

48. Go Ten Pin Bowling

Highlands Tenpin is one of the newest tenpin bowling centre in Australia with 16 lanes of bowling fun! Open 7 days a week from 9am till late. The weekends are great times for families and friends to ‘hit the lanes’ and share good times bowling together. You will also love the music, video clips and disco lighting for your entertainment.

The leisure complex includes a modern cafe with a great range of food and drinks. They also have fantastic amusement machines for even more fun! Bowling is a unique activity that can be enjoyed by people of all ages. You do not need to purchase any equipment as balls and bowling shoes are supplied.

Did you know: If you’ve never played before, Highlands Tenpin will teach you how to bowl at their free learn to bowl sessions?

Address:  2/205 Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong
Open:  Mon, Tues:  9.30am – 8.30pm
Wed – Sat:  9.30am – 9.30pm
Sun:  10.00am – 5.00pm
Cost:  Varies depending on games
Web:  www.highlandstenpin.com.au
Phone:  02 4871 1600
Email:  bowling@highlandstenpin.com.au

47. Visit Brigadoon

Bundanoon is Brigadoon!

Brigadoon, the Bundanoon Highland Gathering (held every April) is one of the biggest of its kind in the world, and not to be missed. This is the “Premier” Scottish Gathering, in Australia. A Scottish Highland Gathering, that includes: Pipe Bands, Games, Clans and dancing…

These are all unique features of Scotland and its people that you will not find easily, and originally, anywhere else in the world. Brigadoon tries to encapsulate all of this and more.

Address:  Main St Bundanoon
Open:  April each year (date announced yearly)
Cost:  Set yearly
Website:  www.brigadoon.net.au
Phone:  02 4883 7471

46. Go Horse Riding

The Sutton Farm Equestrian Centre offers a unique experience for riders of all levels. Over time, Sutton Farm Equestrian Centre has been developed into one of the largest equestrian centres in the Southern Highlands, with some of the best equine facilities in the local area. Sutton Farm boasts amazing facilities consisting of stables, indoor and outdoor arenas, round yard, tack rooms and storage areas.

Sutton Farm Equestrian Centre offers a diverse range of lessons and can tailor lessons to all levels of skills from the first time rider, to riders looking to build confidence and for the seasoned competitor looking to take their skills a step further.  Functions can be quiet varied from school holiday camps, equestrian shows as well as horse events.

Address:  Sutton Farm
7530 Illawarra Hwy, Sutton Forest
Open:  Monday to Saturday 8am till 5pm
Office:  Monday – Friday 10am till 3pm
Website:  https://suttonfarm.com.au/
Phone:  02 4869 2600
Email:  info@suttonfarm.com.au

45. Try Lawn Bowls

Club Bowral is graced by picturesque views of mount Gibraltar. Offering 3 pristine bowling green’s where members and guests are welcome to come along and enjoy a game of bowls with friends, family or colleagues.

Club Bowral offers Austar, Club Keno, TAB, bistro, club bingo and friendly, happy and helpful staff members. Club Bowral is a small friendly community orientated club that sponsors local sporting clubs and various local charities.

Address:  40 Shepherd Street, Bowral
Open:  From 10am
Cost:  From $12
Website:  http://bowralbowlingclub.com.au/
Phone:  02 4861 1320
Email:  gm@bowralbowling.com.au

44. Play Tennis

Feel like a social hit?? – The Berrima Public School has a tennis court, North up the Old Hume Hwy. To book the court simply call the School on: 4877 1262

For the more serious player, Bowral Tennis Club is close by with all the amenities required to guarantee you a comfortable play. The tennis centre is situated in Loseby Park, Park Rd Bowral and consists of 4 hardcourt courts, 4 synthetic grass courts, and the two Hotshot (mini) courts. All courts are floodlit and available for hire via online booking system – daytime hire is $16/hr per court (Members $6/hr) and $20/hr per court under lights (Members $11/hr). The Clubhouse features a fully stocked Pro Shop, club room and modern kitchen.

Address:  Cnr Park & Loseby Street, Bowral
Open:  Court Hire 7am to 11pm 7 days
Social Tennis:  Saturdays from 1pm
Website:  www.bowraltennis.com.au
Cost:  By booking via internet or call the Club on 0409 150 057 to book

43. See the Tulips in Tulip Time

Tulip time had its beginnings in 1958, when a group of community citizens met to Organise a festival to publicise the town of Bowral. What made this festival different was the planting of 15,000 tulips in a “tulip walk” in Corbett gardens, the municipal garden in the centre of Bowral. “Tulip time” is an extremely popular time to visit the Southern Highlands; people come from all around to see this spectacular event which stretches over approximately a Month or more depending on weather and other circumstances influencing the growth of the Tulips.

Each year there are a variety of other activities held during Tulip Time – from dancing, musical recitals in the band rotunda and street theatre in Corbett Gardens, street fair, art and craft exhibitions, to horticultural displays, and other activities. There are plenty of things to see and do in the Southern Highlands during Tulip Time.

Interesting fact: Tulip Time celebrated 50 Golden Years in 2010

Address:  18 Bendooley Street, Bowral
Open:  Annual Event, dates vary
Tuesday 18 September – 1 October 2018
Cost:  Adults – $12.00 Concession/Pensioner – $7.00 Children 13-17yrs – $7.00
Children 12 and under FREE (accompanied by a paying adult)
Wingecarribee residents FREE (identification required)
Website:  https://www.southern-highlands.com.au/tulip-time
Phone:  02 4871 2888
Email:  tuliptime@wsc.nsw.gov.au

42. Be Chauffeured Around

Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars

Whether you are coming for a wedding, an event or a tour of the vineyards – there is a time in one’s life when you deserve to have someone else do the driving. This is where Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars come into the picture.

Highlands Chauffeured Hire Cars are the only premier limousine, hire car and corporate car rental service, with the largest range of luxury cars, buses and people movers, in the Southern Highlands

Did you know: They have the largest range of luxury cars and people movers in the Southern Highlands?

Address:  based in Mittagong NSW
Open:  24 hrs. 7 days
Cost:  all prices on application
Website:  hchc.com.au
Phone:  02 4872 3038
Email:  info@hchc.com.au

41. Visit the Robertson Cheese Factory

Why not indulge the cheese lover in you with a visit to the Robertson Cheese Factory? Robertson is only approximately a 30 minute drive from the Berrima Bakehouse Motel. Famous for the filming of the move Babe, Robertson is also famous for its high rainfall and Cheese. The Old Robertson Cheese Factory established in 1936 by the local dairy farming community. Today the factory remains a Southern Highlands icon, maintaining all its original charm and character.

Visitors can enjoy stunning views of Robertson’s green rolling hills as they dine on the best of fresh, regional produce served at the factory’s gourmet Café. The Robertson Cheese Factory Café also opens (as advertised) for specialty jazz and theme nights, and offers cheese tasting, cheese and wine and cheese appreciation nights and more. It houses a variety of specialty stores including clothing, home wares, toys and sweets, plus a delicious range of gelatos made onsite.

The factory cheese shop offers over 70 varieties of local, national and international cheeses, plus a range of complementary gourmet products such as olives, jams and freshly baked breads.

Address:  107 Illawarra Hwy Robertson
Open:  7 Days 9am – 4pm
Cost:  free to browse, Cheeses vary
Website:  www.robertsoncheesefactory.com
Phone:  02 4885 1168
Email:  info@robertsoncheesefactory.com

40. Buy Yourself a Cow @ Mossvale Livestock Selling Centre

At the Moss Vale Livestock Selling Centre you can experience one of the most authentic country experiences every Wednesday morning with the Prime Cattle Sales. Who knows you may end up buying your own cow! There are many Local Cattle Breeders at the Cattle sales showing off their “Highlands Grade” Cattle.

Interesting fact: It seems that in the early days – Pubs and Saleyards went hand in hand in Moss Vale. Prior to the current location of the saleyard – there were originally saleyards behind the Moss Vale Hotel, the Commercial Hotel, the Family Hotel and the Royal Hotel. The first cow sold at the current saleyards was a red heifer and realizedIf you are looking to buy or sell, this is the place to go, or even to have a peek, everyone is welcome whether you are buying, selling, looking for agistment etc. or just to sight.
£49/10/0 ($99)

Name:  Moss Vale Livestock Selling Centre
Address:  205 Berrima Rd Moss Vale
Open:  Prime Cattle Sale Every Wednesday at 8.30 a.m.
Cost:  No entry fee
Website:  http://www.srlx.com.au/
Phone:  02 4868 1507
Email:  saleyards@wsc.nsw.gov.au

39. Do a Driver Training Course

Marulan Driver Training Centre

If the fresh air, peace and quiet needs to be balanced out with some petrol fumes and some burning rubber – why not head down to the Marulan Driver Training Centre for some blacktop thrills.

Marulan Dirt & Tar Circuits is a unique facility catering to all types of motoring enthusiast. It is located close to Goulburn just off the Hume Highway.  The dominant feature is the central tar motor racing circuit.

Other types of motorsport courses include a hill climb course and, by combining sections of tar and dirt, a motard & rallycross track.

Also enormously popular is the up to 6km four wheel drive adventure course.

You can choose anywhere on the journey from initial driver training, through advanced courses and onto competition training, qualification and participation. If you are a motoring club please also enquire about hiring the facilities for your own event.

Name:  Marulan Driver Training Centre
Address:  8 Prairie Oak Rd, Marulan
The MDTC track is currently closed for maintenance and will open for selected dates only as advertised on the calendar page.
Cost:  prices differ depending on booking
Website:  www.mdtc.com.au/
Phone:  02 4841 1422
Email:  info@mdtc.com.au

38. Visit Fitzroy Iron Works

Fitzroy Iron Works offers visitors the chance to see an iconic piece of Australian history as it was the first iron works in Australia.

Opening in 1848, the remains have been conserved, maintained and displayed with permanent public access provided. The remains are located in the underground car park of Highlands Marketplace at Mittagong, and the site of the Iron Mine is located over the Bridge at Mittagong “Iron Mines Oval”.

Address:  Highlands Market Place – Car park
Old Hume Highway Mittagong
Open:  8 am, 7 days
Cost:  Free
Website:  www.fitzroyironworks.com.au
Phone:  02 4868 4500

37. Have Fun With the Kids @ Model Railways

All aboard Braemar Model Railways are world leaders in model railway manufacturing and pay particular attention to reliability, durability and quality. All Aboard Braemar Model Railway displays – the home of Fleischmann and LGB in Australia.

Visit the displays at All aboard Braemar Model Railways and take refreshments at the cafe. Better still, spend some time looking at the model railways and have a picnic lunch at the tables on the lawn. There is plenty of off-street parking and rest rooms (including disabled access) are available. Families and coach groups welcome. Fun and enjoyment for the whole family! Model trains, tracks, layouts and accessories are for sale. They also stock HAG, Magic Train, Ühlenbrock, Vollmer, Brawa, NOCH, Seuthe and Sommerfeldt and a wide range of railway models and accessories in all gauges.

Address:  68 – 72 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong
Open:  10am to 4:30pm from Monday to Sunday
Closed Sundays and Public Holidays
Website:  allaboardexclusive.com.au
Phone:  02 4871 2966
Email:  sales@allaboardexclusive.com.au

36. Walk Up in the Clouds on the Illawarra Fly

Take a walk in the clouds with the Illawarra Fly Treetop Walk which is a 500 metre long, 25 metre high elevated tree top walk.

It is the only walk of its kind in NSW and one of only a handful of elevated steel treetop walks in the world. Suitable for all ages and fitness levels, the Treetop Walk is a one of a kind experience that captures the unique beauty of the regions flora and fauna and takes approximately 1 hour to complete.

Interesting fact: The Treetop walk holds an average of 400kg pet square metre and has 280km/hr. wind speed design!

Address:  Knights Hill Road Robertson (near the Robertson pie shop)
Open:  Open every day 9.00am – 5.00pm (last admission at 4.15pm)
Cost:  A Free Guided Tour is provided for visitors at 11am each day. Walks vary from $10 per person
Website:  http://www.illawarrafly.com/
Phone:  1300 362 881
Email:  info@illawarrafly.com.au

35. View a Movie at the Oldest Country Cinema

Empire Cinema

Empire Cinema is the oldest commercial cinema in the country operating from 15 September 1915. It was one of the first country cinemas to install sound in 1930. In 2003, the Cinema was awarded Best Independent Country cinema by the Independent Cinema Distributors.

Interesting fact: Since 2009, the Empire has been presenting performances from the New York Met Opera and London’s National Theatre.

Address:  327 Bong Bong Street Bowral
Open:  7 Days from 9am
Cost:  From $10
Website:  www.empirecinema.com.au
Phone:  02 4861 4676
Email:  boxoffice@empirecinema.com.au

34. Visit Berrima Nursery

Berrima Cottage Nursery is a new addition to the beautiful village of Berrima. The team of dedicated horticulturalists are eager to assist you with your gardening solutions.

With a strong focus on high quality gardening giftware and tools, Berrima Cottage Nursery’s staff dedicate themselves to bring you service that is unsurpassed.

Address:  Old Hume Hwy Berrima
Open:  9am to 5pm from Monday to Sunday
Website:  www.facebook.com/BerrimaCottageNursery
Phone:  02 4877 2929
Email:  berrimacottage@bigpond.com

33. See Some Polocross

Burradoo Polocrosse Club

Burradoo Polocrosse Club has been for some years now, located at the historical famous Bong Bong Picnic Racetrack. The 170 acre property “Wyeera”, (an aboriginal word meaning “turning of the soil”) is wholly owned by Bong Bong Picnic Race Club Limited.

The Bong Bong Picnic Race Club is famously known for its one a year Race Day Meeting held at “Wyeera”. The first race was held in 1886, and in previous years it was held on Caulfield Cup day. During its peak, the race day often attracted greater attendance numbers than the Caulfield Cup meeting in Sydney often reaching 35,000 people in six playing fields. The Burradoo complex facilities include 200 permanent yards, four wash bays complexes, unlimited un-powered camp sites, town water supply, showers and toilet blocks, Grandstands and more.

Address:  Moss Vale Road Burradoo
Open:  Must be a member of Burradoo Polocrosse Club to attend practices
Website:  www.nswpolocrosse.com.au
Phone:  Zone Secretary: Kiley 0414 266 416
Email:  southernhighlandspolocrosse@gmail.com

32. Go to Bong Bong Race Track

Bong Bong Picnic Races

Bong Bong doesn’t seem to have much to offer; but then again, neither do many of the archaeological sites of Europe. Modern day Berrima has the stone, bricks and mortar, and ambience which helps tourists capture the spirit of the past. But it is the ghosts of Bong Bong past which have more importance in Australian history. At most just a temporary settlement, a way-post, its timber slab and bark huts gone a century ago – Bong Bong saw more important travellers and visitors, resting at the Inn, or entertained at the Throsby estate, on their way south to open up the inland of the continent than any other part of the Highlands. The ghosts of these most famous Australians linger here in the air, among the vanished humble dwellings of Bong Bong. It is perhaps fitting that they are commemorated today by a nature reserve, with swamplands, native birds, and animals. The bush returned – as it were – to what it was before they came.

The site of Bong Bong can be found about 7kms from Bowral on the Moss Vale Road, just before you pass over the bridge on the Wingecarribee River. A “Historic Site” sign points the way: stop and have a look. An obelisk commemorates the village. The Cecil Hoskins Reserve (road just next to it) takes you to the site. Nothing is left above ground level. However, if you look around, you can get some idea of what it must have been like to the casual visitor.

Address:  460 Kangaloon Road East Bowral
Open:  Yearly event, around November, date announced yearly
Cost:  from $50 + membership (for members and their guest only)
Website:  www.bongbongprc.com.au
Phone:  02 4862 2155    Mobile: 0410 652 170
Email:  racing@bongbongprc.com.au

31. Visit “Glow Worm Glen”

Glow Worm Glen Adventure is a great evening activity for the whole family. With a bit of care you can ensure to see a great light show while minimising impact on these luminescent locals.

A good idea is to start the walk down to the glen at sunset and this way it will be dark by the time you reach the glen. A torch is essential to negotiate the track safely. To help protect the glow worms, turn off torches once you reach the glen, keep quiet and stay on the platform. Maps are available from the Visitors Information Centre in Mittagong or simply ask at Reception of Motel.

Tip: the best time to see the glow worms is from December to February.

Address:  William Street in the Morton National Park Bundanoon NSW 2578
Open:  Guided walks are conducted in school holidays and group tours on request.
Cost:  Free entry!
Website:  http://bundanoon.com.au/glow-worm-glen
Phone:  02 4871 2888  or  1300 657 559
Email:  tourism@wsc.nsw.gov.au

30. Take a Swim

Bowral Swimming Centre

Bowral pool is open for use by the general public. The pool is conveniently situated and accessible for all ages. Facilities are: Outdoor 50m swimming pool, outdoor 25m swimming pool, covered toddler pool and a wading pool. The swimming centre also has a fully equipped kiosk, including a range of accessories.

Bowral pool is heated to 24 degrees. With sunny and shaded grass areas perfect for picnics, relax with a cappuccino & some lunch from the kiosk on the pool deck while enjoying the view…

Address:  152 Mittagong Rd, Bowral
Open:  Monday to Friday: 8am-6pm in the Warmer months (closed in winter)
Saturday: 8.30am until 6pm
Sunday:  9.30am until 6pm
Public Holidays: 10am to 5pm
Cost:  Children $3.20 Adults $4.20
Spectators $1.60
Children under 3 years – Free
NSW Companion Card accepted.
Multi visit pass and Season passes also available
Web:  https://www.wsc.nsw.gov.au/bowral-swimming-centre
Phone:  02 4861 2598

Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre

The Moss Vale War Memorial Aquatic Centre features a heated 25m lap pool, 2 multi-purpose program pools, splash pool with water features, state of the art health club, kiosk, and more. The Centre opened in November 2014.

For the cooler winter months especially, why not keep your fitness up and utilise the Southern Highlands state of the art indoor pool? The aquatic centre provides all your health and fitness needs under one roof, with the convenience of year-round access to heated pools, health club, group fitness classes, swim school, crèche and more.

Address:  8 Kirkham Street Moss Vale
Open:  Monday to Friday 6am – 9pm with the Pool closing at 8pm
Saturday 8am – 6pm with the Pool closing at 5pm
Sunday 9am – 6pm with the Pool closing at 5pm
Cost:  Adult: $5.70 Child:  $4.40
Website:  www.mvaquatic.com.au/
Phone:  02 4868 1967
Email:  mossvale@bluefit.com.au

29. Play Golf

The Southern Highlands has 5 x 18 hole courses – 4 which could be classified as Parkland Courses and a links style Championships course – Mt Broughton

They can all test any standard of golfer, this depending on which tees you wish to play from. The black course at Mt Broughton is possibly the longest in NSW.

Your hosts at the Berrima Bakehouse Motel are happy to assist you with selecting the course(s) that probably best match your skill – and all are located within a 10-15 minute drive.

Firstly, you may wish to do your own exploring and we invite you to explore the web site of each course – remember that we have agreements with all courses and can o0ffer you great Stay & Play packages


Highlands Golf Club, Mittagong

An easy walking course located on the freeway side of Mittagong. 18-hole golf course has an excellent clubhouse! The Highlands Golf Club caters for social groups all year round, though bookings are at times essential with this popular course.

Boasting one of the best function rooms in the district, proving popular with weddings, parties and seminars, Highlands Golf Club offers a range of function packages to suit your needs and our International Chef has an array of menus to suit all types of requirements. The Nattai Bistro and Restaurant is open to the public 6 days a week for lunch and 2 days a week for dinner serving a large array of delicious dishes. Drop in and see what Highlands Golf Club has to offer.

Address:  Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong
Open:  To visitors 7 days a week
Website:  www.highlandsgolfclub.com.au/
Phone:  02 4871 3274 Pro Shop
Email:  highlandsadmin@acenet.com.au

Bowral Golf Club

Located very close to the centre of Bowral, this private members clubs permits social play other than member’s competition times. Like the other courses, it has a variety of challenges and a very cosy clubhouse environment for you to relax after your game.

Address:  Kangaloon Rd, Bowral
Open:  for tee times and green fees please visit website
Website:  www.bowralgolfclub.com.au/
Phone:  02 4861 1042
Email:  enquiries@bowralgolfclub.com.au

Moss Vale Golf Club

Always in great condition, the Moss Vale golf club offers excellent practice and teaching facilities and a variety of tree lined holes that will test you driving skills.

This course is regarded as one of the prettiest and most challenging courses in NSW, with avenues of pines, elms, gums and vividly coloured claret ash flanking the winding layout. The course was completed in its current layout in 1936.

Address:  38 Arthur St, Moss Vale
Open:  for tee times and green fees please visit website
Website:  www.mossvalegolfclub.com.au
Phone:  02 4868 1811
Email:  admin@mossvalegolfclub.com.au

Gibraltar Country Club

Located on the northern side of Bowral, this course lies at the foot of Mt Gibraltar; it also offers many challenges that will test shot making skills. Their clubhouse is located within the modern Gibraltar Hotel complex.

Gibraltar Hotel Bowral is something really special, a place you want to be part of, a place you want to linger a little longer at. Sure, it’s a hotel and a modern and stylish one at that; but it’s got a few other strings to its bow that makes it a really great place at which to visit, play, relax, get pampered or enjoy a drink.

Address:  Centennial Rd & Boronia St Bowral
Open:  for tee times and green fees please visit website
Website:  www.gibraltarbowral.com.au/
Phone:  02 4862 8600
Email:  reservations@gibraltarbowral.com.au

Mt Broughton Golf & Country Club

Considered to be the most exposed and challenging course this privately owned course has hosted numerous junior, PGA and LPGA tournaments during its short existence.

Don’t been intimidated by its long grass, as the fairways are wide and their greens massive. Mt Broughton Golf and Country Club is a naturally beautiful site where lush greens, natural waterways and undulating fairways combine with skilled design to create a truly memorable golfing challenge.

Mt Broughton GCC is reputedly one of the longest courses in Australia. Sweeping rye grasses and the course’s natural waterways, lush greens and undulating fairways, creates an incredible vista.

Address:  Kater Rd, Sutton Forest
Open:  for tee times and green fees please visit website
Website:  www.mtbroughton.com.au/
Phone:  02 4868 3200
Email:  proshop@mtbroughton.com.au

28. Do Some Platypus Spotting

Boutique Tours Australia

Join Boutique Tours on this exceptional and unique wildlife safari – your chance to see Australia’s iconic native animals in the wild. Kangaroos, Koalas, Platypus, Wombats and Emus.

Friendly & knowledgeable guides that really care about what they do. Luxury transport to ensure your trip is comfortable from beginning to end. Pick up and drop off from your hotel, taking all the hassle out of day tripping.

Name:  Boutique Tours Australia
Address:  Sydney based
Open:  Bookings only – 24hrs a day
Website:  www.sydneyboutiquetours.com.au
Phone:  02 9436 1333
Email:  cliff@boutiquetoursaustralia.com.au

27. Keep Fit on the Riverside Walk

Wingecarribee River Walking Track

To build up an appetite or to walk your food off afterwards, take a stroll along Wingecarribee River walking track, which begins and ends at Cecil Hoskins Picnic Area. The track is a short easy walk that is flat with few obstacles and no stairs, so it’s ideal for all age groups. The track takes you west along the river past Bong Bong Weir, and then loops back through regenerating forest on Wingecarribee floodplain. You’ll see various types of eucalypts as you follow this walking track, including the less well- known gums, like snow, swamp, black sallee and manna eucalypt trees.

Keep your binoculars in easy reach for bird watching. Through the forest, you may see woodland birds such as white-throated needle tails, welcome swallows and spotted pardalote. Eastern grey kangaroos also inhabit the forest. And did you know you can find platypus shyly hiding in the lagoon?

Website:  https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/walking-tracks/wingecarribee-river-walking-track

26. View the Lookouts

One of the main attractions of visiting, or living in, the Southern Highlands is the wealth of natural beauty in the area. Towns, villages and farmland are surrounded by thousands of acres of largely untouched natural bushland and rugged country – many places to visit and see the unique Australian countryside.

Pic:  Bargo State Conservation Area
Visit:  www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/bargo-state-conservation-area

Above:  Cecil Hoskins Nature Reserve
Visit:  www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/cecil-hoskins-nature-reserve

25. Fitzroy Falls

Fitzroy Falls offers a spectacular National Park experience. In addition to magnificent waterfalls, it is a great place to experience a lyrebird singing along one of the walking tracks, vistas into the rainforest gullies of Morton National Park from one or more of the many lookouts, a bush picnic by the creek or a refreshing cuppa in the fall’s cafe

Enjoy Fitzroy Falls facilities which include picnic tables, wood barbecues (firewood supplied), car park, lookout, gas/electric barbecues (coin-operated), non-flush toilets, drinking water, cafe/kiosk, track head/access point, visitor centre, and picnic shelters

Address:  Morton National Park, Nowra Road, Fitzroy Falls
Open:  9am–5pm 7 days (27 April – 26 August)
9am–5.30pm 7 days (27 August – 26 April)
Price:  $3 per vehicle per day.
Website:  https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/fitzroy-falls-visitor-centre
Phone:  02 4887 7270           Fax:  02 4887 7203

24. Explore Wombeyan Caves

The Wombeyan Caves are limestone caves set in the Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve, New South Wales Australia within the Southern Highlands about 50 km north of Goulburn.

Access is by the Wombeyan Caves Road from either Mittagong in the east or from the Goulburn-Oberon Road in the west. Wombeyan Caves is a tourist attraction and local holiday area, as well as a reserve for endangered species, such as several species of wallaby, bird, possum, and wombat. The main site includes

several camping grounds, a kiosk, a public phone, a kitchen, and other public facilities. A ranger station is also positioned near the camping site; the rangers serve to collect camping fees from visitors, prevent unsafe human-wildlife association, protect local flora and fauna, and investigate any queries or complaints.

Address:  Wombeyan Caves Road, Wombeyan Caves, NSW 2580
Open:  9am – 4pm 7 days, closed Christmas Day
Price:  Discovery Pass: from $25 Explorer Pass: from $33
Fig Tree Cave Entry Fee: from $13
Website:  www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/wombeyan-karst-conservation-reserve
Phone:  02 4843 5976
Email:  wombeyan.caves@environment.nsw.gov.au

23. Australian Alpaca Barn

Australian Alpaca Barn

Whether it is an alpaca jacket, jumper, scarf, hat, cardigan, vest, or coat, the Australian Alpaca Barn prides itself on the quality offered and the service provided. If you have not experienced the comfort of alpaca knitwear you will be delighted.

The Berrima district saw Australia’s first commercial breeding of alpacas in 1990, and this industry has grown and developed into the sophisticated breeding and production process seen today.

“Alpaca Design” yarn is their own label and is proving popular amongst knitters. You will discover exquisite pieces for your home and gifts for loved ones. Select beautiful alpaca blankets, quilts and alpaca throws for the bedroom which complements our fine bedroom linen.

Name:  Australian Alpaca Barn
Address:  Shop 1, The Market Place, Old Hume Highway, Open: 7 days 10am – 5pm
Website:  www.australianalpaca.com
Phone:  02 4877 1399
Email:  sales@australiaalpaca.com

22. Want a Book Bound?

Restoration of Family Bibles and other personal, precious books

“My book is not valuable. Is it still worth restoring?” Of course it is!
What can be more precious than a book given to you by your mother? Or a book handed down from your grandfather? Or the only book that your great grandfather was able to bring with him when he came to this country?

A family bible, visitor’s book, a log book, a cook book, a ledger, a war journal, a book of poetry, a favourite book from your childhood……and the list goes on. These can all be restored.

Name:  Restoration of Family Bibles and other personal, precious books
Address:  Shop 2, 19 Old Hume Highway Berrima
Open:  Thursday to Sunday: 10am – 4pm
Cost:  Varies *
Website:  www.artofbookbinding.com.au
Phone:  0405 043 153
Email:  info@artofbookbinding.com.au

21. Visit Berkelouw’s Book Barn

The Berkelouw Book Barn is the iconic home of the Berkelouw Book Business and is located on the picturesque Bendooley Estate. Built early last century, and sitting just outside the quaint Southern Highlands village of Berrima, the Book Barn is a book- lovers dream, housing tens of thousands of new, secondhand, rare and antiquarian books.

At the heart of the Book Barn is an enormous stone fireplace, inviting you to sit, relax and enjoy. The Rare Book Department will find any book you may be searching for and is also sited on Bendooley Estate in another barn just a little further down the lane. The Berkelouw Book Barn houses Australia’s most atmospheric bookstore as well as the Estate’s restaurant and bar and a Cellar Door where you can enjoy coffee, lunch or a glass of wine. This spellbinding space must be experienced. For weddings and special events, the scores of bookshelves are integrated into the end of the barn and it transforms into a magical space.

Address:  “Bendooley Estate”
3020 Old Hume Highway, Berrima
Opening Hours:
*Book Barn*   Mon – Sun 9:00am – 5pm
*Rare Book Department*   Mon – Fri 8:30am – 4pm
Sat 11.00am – 3pm
Closed during special events
Website:  www.bendooleyestate.com.au/book-barn/
Phone:  02 4877 1370
Email:  events@bendooleyestate.com.au

20. Music in the Vines

@ Joadja Winery

Bring a picnic or grab a wood fired pizza hot from the oven and enjoy Joadja’s new Single Vineyard wine releases: 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, 2012 Fume Blanc and 2013 Chardonnay, 2012 Cab/Sangiovese

Concertos by Antonio Vivaldi, a chaconne by Henry Purcell, a quartet by Johann Christian Bach, the ‘London Bach’, a cantata by Agostino Steffani, several chorus from Brazil and dances from the Renaissance, and recently-arranged folksongs from the Orkney Islands as well as some earlier arrangements from China and Catalonia.”

Address:  Cnr Greenhills and Joadja Roads, Berrima
Open:  Dates for Music events announced annually
Cellar door open Mon – Fri 12-5, Sat, Sun & Pub hols 10-5
Cost:  No charge for entry fee, but please understand the Winery does pay for the musicians, so it’s a great time to stock up!
Website:  www.joadja.com
Phone & fax:  02 4878 5236
Email:  greatwine@joadjaestate.com.au

19. Antiques – Buy a Piece of History

Mittagong Antiques Centre is the largest antique marketplace in the Southern Highlands and is also the largest Antiques Centre outside Sydney.

With over 40 dealers under one roof exhibiting their wares, you are sure to find a unique gift or a special piece for yourself or your home. The Mittagong Antiques Centre is not one shop, but over 40 separate dealers with their own shop space. This brings a wealth of diversity and expertise to the Mittagong Antiques Centre. Each dealer has their own passion and wealth of knowledge that they bring to each individual shop space making the Mittagong Antiques Centre a treasure trove of antiques, collectables and vintage ware.

Address:  85-87 Main Street Mittagong
Open:  7 days 10am to 5pm
Website:  www.mittagongantiquescentre.com.au
Phone:  02 4872 3198; 0499 980 744
Email:  admin@mittagongantiquescentre.com.au

18. Browse the Markets

The Berrima School Craft Markets

Visit Historic Berrima and these unique markets, including charity stalls with a total of over 50 interesting stalls on the day. The Markets take place in the grounds of Berrima School on Oxley Street and all of the proceeds from the stalls go to the Berrima Public School.

Address:  Berrima Public School, Oxley Street, Berrima
Open:  2nd Sunday of the Month 9:30am-2pm
Prices:  Entry is free, and it’s a great day out for the whole family
Website:  www.producedlocally.com.au/the-schoolyard-markets-at-berrima/
Phone:  0407 937 473

17. Try a Pie

Robertson Pie Shop

The Robertson Pie Shop sells the pies that made Robertson famous. Choose from 24 mouth-watering varieties and tempt your taste buds. Famous for its savoury and sweet pies, some of which include basic favourites such as meat, steak and kidney, chicken and vegetable, chicken and bacon, spinach and ricotta as well as pasties.

There are also many delicious flavours of sweet pies such as apple, peach, apricot, wild berry (small variety) and apple, apple and strawberry, apple and blueberry, apple and rhubarb and wild berry (large varieties). The Robertson Pie Shop is only a three- minute drive east of Robertson Village, at the intersection of Illawarra Highway and Jamberoo Mountain Road approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Berrima.

Address:  4400 Illawarra Highway Robertson
Open:  Monday – Friday, Open Saturdays, Open Sundays
Closed:  Christmas Day
Phone:  02 4885 1330     Mobile:  0411 632 073      Fax:  02 4885 1330

16. Take a Trick Tour

Just Looking Trike Tours

See all that the Southern Highlands country side has to offer with a chauffeured Trike Tour. From the historic sites, quaint villages and small towns, magnificent gardens, waterfalls, lakes, native forests, bush walks, antiques, art and crafts. All Trike Tours are personalised and are a unique way to experience the Highlands.


All winery tours are a minimum of four hours.  Tour starts at your pick up point in the Southern Highlands you pick the wineries or leave it all to your rider to select the best in the Southern Highlands

Address:  Place & time arranged at time of booking
Hours of  Operation:  Mon – Fri 7.30am to 7.30 pm
Sat & Sun 8.30am to 9pm
Website:  https://www.justlookingtriketours.com/
Phone:  0435 790 884  
Email:  justlookingtriketours@outlook.com

15. Satisfy Your Spirtual Needs – or Get Married!

Only a short walk from the Berrima Bakehouse Motel are 2 historical and unique churches:

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

The Holy Trinity Anglican Church has chosen to direct common focus on the biblical ideas of FAITH, HOPE and LOVE. Holy Trinity are a Parish of 5 churches consisting of 5 congregations of people. Whilst enjoying the fellowship and unity of being one Parish Holy Trinity they also enjoy the differences that exist throughout congregations. An obvious difference is the style of service that each of their congregations partake in.

On any given Sunday you can choose from two traditional prayer book services, one with hymns and the other with hymns and sung responses or a modern family service including a kid’s spot and Sunday School. As well they have one fortnightly service, which is a relaxed prayer book service where your questions and thoughts can be freely aired and discussed and a monthly service which allows for interaction and reflective thinking. Wedding Ceremonies are welcomed.

Address:  Argyle St Berrima (opposite the park).
Open:  8.30am service every 2nd Sunday
Prices:    Charges for weddings are:
$800 – Wedding service in our churches
$500 – Outdoor Wedding (your own venue)
Website: http://mossvaleanglican.com/
Phone:  02 4868 1299
Email: mvanglican@bigpond.com

St Francis Xavier Catholic Church

St Francis Xavier Church is built on the site of the convict stockade. Originally known as St Scholastic a’s, the foundation stone was laid by Archbishop Polding in 1849.

This is one of 12 churches in Australia designed by the architect Augustus Pugin, best known for his stunning interiors and furnishings of the British Houses of Parliament, who had a direct impact on the ecclesiastical architecture in Australia.

Interesting fact: On 28 January 2008 Putin’s Church of St Francis Xavier, Berrima, New South Wales, was placed on the New South Wales Heritage Register

Address:  3401 Old Hume Highway Berrima
Open:  Mass: 1st Sunday of each month Sept to May at 12.00 noon.
(No mass June, July or  August)
Yearly Mass on Australia Day 9.00am to pray and give thanks for our country
Weddings can be booked for the following times:
Monday – Friday by appointment (No Fridays during Lent)
Saturday: 1pm or 3pm
Website:  http://www.stpaulsmossvale.org.au/church-berr.html
Phone:  02 4868 1931
Email:  mossvale@dow.org.au

14. Go on a Mushroom Tunnel Tour

Li Sun Mushrooms

Grown in a disused Railway tunnel in Mittagong, the mushroom tunnel was originally built in 1886 to house a single-track railway line. By 1919, it had to be replaced with the still-functioning double-track tunnel to its right, built to cope with the rise in traffic on the route following the founding of Canberra, Australia’s purpose-built capital city.

Since there is currently only one other disused railway tunnel used for mushroom growing in the whole of Australia, these mushrooms have evolved to fit an extremely specialised environmental niche: they are species designed for architecture. The tunnel for which these mushrooms have been so carefully developed is 650 metres long and about 30 metres deep. Buried under solid rock and deprived of the New South Wales sunshine, the temperature holds at a steady 15º Celsius. The fluorescent lights flick on at 5:30 a.m. every day, switching off again exactly 12 hours later.

The current exotic mushroom operations, established by Dr. Arrold in 1987, are unique in Australia. The environmental conditions in the tunnel, namely low temperature and high humidity, are ideal for growing half a dozen varieties of exotic mushrooms. The particular environment in the tunnel is very close to the atmospheric conditions experienced in the mountainous regions of China, Japan and Korea where these types of mushrooms grow naturally.

Interesting fact: The humidity level fluctuates seasonally, and would reach an unacceptable aridity in the winter if Dr. Arrold did not wet the floors and run a fogger during the coldest months.

Address:  16 Davy St, Mittagong
Open:  By Appointment Only
Website:  www.li-sunexoticmushrooms.com.au
Phone:  02 4871 2879
Email:  lisunexoticmushrooms@gmail.com

13. Grab an Ale

The Surveyor General Inn – The Surveyor General Inn was built in 1834 for James Harper, using convict labour, and licensed as an inn the following year.

Remaining in the Harper family for almost one hundred years, The Surveyor General is the oldest continuously licensed inn in Australia. The main building, constructed of local convict-hewn sandstone and sand stock bricks, has served as both a pub and accommodation for over a century and a half. The Harper family held the licence for almost 100 years. The Inn came close to closing a few years before its most prosperous period in 1960 when the Licensing Court ordered extensive alterations. The original building had fallen into disrepair by the middle of this century, and efforts were made to preserve it.

The current owners of the Surveyor General (the Durney family), have extensively restored and redeveloped the inn. Their work has been recognised by the Australian Hotel Association’s Award for Excellence for Best Redeveloped Hotel – Country in 1997, and in 2007 they won the Award for Excellence – Best Heritage Hotel.

Enjoy cleansing cold ale at one of the pubs historical bars or a meal in the “Bushrangers” Bistro.

A trip to the Southern Highlands would not be complete without visiting Berrima and the historic Surveyor General Inn.

Did you know: There once existed 14+ Inns/hotels in Berrima! The only one still in operation (never been closed) is the Surveyor General Inn

Address:  26 old Hume Highway, Berrima (opposite the Berrima Motel)
Open:  Hotel: Mon – Sat 11am –  midnight
Sunday / Public Holidays 11am –  10pm
Bistro: Sun–Fri 12-2.30pm; 5-8.30pm Sat all day
Website:  www.surveyorgeneralinn.com.au
Phone:  02 4877 1226

12. Tempt Your Taste Buds

Places to eat range from: fine dining through to mid-range restaurants and bistros; cafes, tea houses and coffee shops; to sandwiches, cakes, pies and takeaways. Your taste will be satisfied in at least one (perhaps all) of Berrima’s many eating-places.

Berrima is the culinary capital of the Southern Highlands

Zen Oasis

Zen Oasis. Is the fast pace of today’s world getting you down? Why not take some time out to refocus your energy? Visit Zen Oasis and enjoy the total experience of relaxation for your body, mind and spirit!

Only a 5 minute drive from Berrima Zen Oasis offer acres of sanctuary, peace and harmony. Enjoy their exotic oriental cuisine, complimented by the warm and relaxing atmosphere and the magnificent natural landscapes that surrounds.

Do not miss out on a wonderful dining experience that embraces natural beauty and stunning views. Bookings essential!

Address:  230 Medway Road Berrima
Open:  11:30 to 1:30 and 2.30-3.30 (2 sittings) every Saturday and Sunday Cost: From $28/person – buffet
Website:  www.zen-oasis.com
Phone:  02 4877 1285    or      0404 099 285
Email:  info@zen-oasis.com

Josh’s Cafe

Josh’s Café – a favourite with Southern Highland residents, Josh/Erika Levings and Café staff are very well known – hence their cult like following. The daily blackboard menu is inspired by Mediterranean flavours under chefs Josh and Benn Troy. Reserve your table now as they are quite often booked out!

Address:  9 Old Hume Hwy, Berrima
Open:  Dinner Thurs-Sat 6-9, Lunch Thurs-Sun 12-3
Breakfast Sun 9-12 – Groups at other time by arrangement
Cost:  Varies according to menu
Phone :  02 4877 2200

Magpie Cafe

Magpie Café – a Berrima landmark – and considered a breakfast/lunch “must visit” with their traditional scones on the wish list. The Olde Magpie Café is a symbol of rustic charm and home-style cookery. With country-style ornaments and mismatched tables scattered throughout this all-day diner, diners can enjoy a comforting menu of homemade pies, risottos and soups. A sweet treat is never far away here either, with morning and afternoon tea served daily, as well as an assortment of cakes and pastries arranged at the counter. The Magpie Café is very unique and highly recommended. Dinner can be arranged for group bookings and events.

Address:  Centre of Berrima Village – 28 Old Hume Hwy Berrima (Opposite the Motel)
Open:  7 days – from 7am until late afternoon
Website:  www.oldemagpiecafe.com.au
Phone:  02 4877 2008

11. Taste Some Cool Climate Wines

The Southern Highlands is a recognised cool climate wine region with Berrima at its hub. The first plantings were at Joadja in 1983, and there are now ten wineries within 15 minutes drive from Berrima village. Eight of the ten have cellar doors.

Take a long, deep breath of the clean, crisp air and gaze across endless rolling green hills, then look forward to a romantic night ahead, in front of a roaring log fire, sipping your favourite cool climate red and wondering why you did not escape to the Highlands sooner.

Centennial Vineyards is located just minutes from the historic township of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales, just over an hour south of Sydney. This premium cool climate vineyard at over 700m in altitude (in winter snow is possible) ensures grapes ripen slowly with enhanced flavour and intensity.

Slow ripening together with fastidious attention to viticulture and low cropping levels, results in premium quality fruit, creating wines of elegance and distinction. Their wine has been acknowledged at wine shows, internationally and nationally, with over 1,000 medals won from trophy to bronze. The vines planted over 80 acres include Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Albarino, Pinot Noir and Tempranillo. With up to 35 wines on tasting in cellar door you are sure to make many exciting discoveries.

Address: 252 Centennial Rd, Bowral
Open: Cellar Door: 7 days from 10am to 5pm
Restaurant: Lunch Wed – Mon 12 – 3pm
High Tea: Mon – Fri 11am – 4pm
Group tastings available by appointment
Website: www.centennial.net.au www.centennialrestaurant.com.au
Phone: Restaurant 02 4861 8701
Cellar door 02 4861 8722
Email: admin@centennial.net.au

Eling Forest Vineyard & Winery

Eling Forest Vineyard & Winery. Whether you are looking for a Wedding Venue in the Southern Highlands, great food in a cafe and wine from a cellar door, Eling Forest Winery is the place to visit. In the Southern Highlands, Australia’s newest wine- producing region, Eling Forest is one of the most established and well-known wineries, committed to crafting cool climate wines of rewarding complexity and distinctive taste. Set on historic grounds, Eling Forest Estate is more than just a winery. They also have a heritage colonial era cottage and homestead offering charming accommodation plus on-site facilities to cater for Southern Highland weddings, special occasions, functions and conferences from just a dozen to 200 people. All of this is within the grounds of an historic property in an idyllic rural setting.

Address:  Hume Highway, Sutton Forest NSW 2577
Open:  Accommodation & Functions
Café 7 days 8:00 am – 4:o0 pm
Winery & Cellar Door 7 days 10.30am – 4.30pm
Website: www.elingforest.com.au
Phone: Accommodation: 02 4878 9499 email: elingbookings@gmail.com.au
Winery/Cellar Door: 02 4858 1788 email: winery@elingforest.com.au
Café: 02 4878 9155 email: enquiries@elingforest.com.au

Winery Tours:  www.cavesroadclub.com.au
Phone:  02 4858 1788
Email:  info@cavesroadclub.com.au
Cost:  $10 Winery Tour with the Winemaker (min 6 people)
Mon – Sat:  30 – 40 minutes private tour

Other Wineries with tasting facilities

Bendooley Estate
Address:  Old Hume Hwy Berrima
Web:  www.bendooleyestate.com.au
Phone:  02 4877 2235

Southern Highland Wines
Address:  Illawarra Hwy Sutton Forest
Web:  www.shw.com.au
Phone:  02 4868 2300
Email:  info@shw.com.au

Tertini Wines
Address:  Lot 5 Kells Creek Rd Mittagong
Web:  www.tertiniwines.com.au
Phone:  02 4878 5213
Email: sales@tertiniwines.com.au

Sutton Forest Estate Wines
Address:  21 Black Horse Lane Sutton Forest
Web:  www.suttonforestwines.com.au
Phone:  02 4878 9278

Marist Brothers Wines
Address:  843 Old South Road Mittagong
Phone:  02 4872 1911

Bou-Saaada Vineyard
Address:  Kells Creek Rd Mittagong
Web:  www.bousaada.com
Phone:  02 4878 5399
Email:  wines@bousaada.com

Sally’s Corner Wines
Address:  257 Sally’s Corner Rd Exeter
Phone:  02 4883 4999
Email:  sallyscornerwines@bigpond.com

10. Historic Berrima Gaol

Berrima Gaol was operational from 1839. The first quarter-sessions were held at the courthouse in 1841, and the first trial by jury in the colony of New South Wales held here. When it first opened, the Gaol consisted of a massive and foreboding thick stone outer wall containing a centre building from which radiated three wings, each with fourteen cells. The centre building had a kitchen and rooms for the keeper and staff. Further work was carried out in the 1840s to make the building more secure. All cell doors were made of solid cedar 3 inches thick and fitted with huge iron bolts.

Corridors and exercise yards were partitioned off by heavy iron grilles. On an underground level were solitary confinement cells and a condemned cell where convicts spent their last days awaiting execution. Only five were ever recorded as being hung at Berrima Gaol. During World War I the army used Berrima Gaol as a German-prisoner internment camp and used the “silent treatment” as an effort to better the prisoners and punish their bad behaviour.

Berrima Gaol re-opened for German Interns in 1915. By 1918 Berrima Gaol became over crowded, holding 300+ Internees. The Correctional Centre was used in recent years as an all-female low-to-medium security prison and in September 2011 closed its gate for inmates. The Correctional Centre was reopened for male prisoners in late 2016.

However in June 2018 was reclassified as a women-only prison.

Address:  Argyle St, Berrima
Phone:  (02) 4868 7300

9. APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours

Berrima Courthouse Ghost Tours are conducted at the Courthouse with the APPI Ghost Hunts & Tours team. The tours start at 8.00pm and conclude at either midnight or 6am. Join APPI for a four hour or an all-night tour, where they will take you through the historic courthouse, tell you some stories, and then they will search to see if they can make contact with any of the spirits who may still remain using their technical equipment plus some spiritual methods. This is a great night out – and even better, a great weekend away!

Address:  Berrima Courthouse Museum 21-23 Argyle Street, Berrima
Open:  As scheduled – see website
Price:  4 hour tour $85pp    All night $115pp
Website:  www.appighosthunts.com
Phone:  0408 262 498
Email:  appighosthunts@gmail.com

8. Trainworks – Thirlmere

Just 38 mins from Berrima Motel is the historic town of Thirlmere, and the unique Train Works Museum. Take a ride back into history aboard an historic Steam Train! A 45-minute experience from historic Thirlmere Station to Buxton Station, and return. Pair your Steam Train Ride with a ticket into Train works and enjoy a full day of rail heritage, interactive and audio-visual exhibits at the nation’s newest and largest Train Museum.

Since 1975 the museum has been a home to a significant rail heritage collection including: Governor General’s Carriage, Prison Van where you will find a lot more in the Prison Van than you could imagine. These rolling gaol cells operated in one form or another from 1867 until the 1950s. Steam locomotive E18 — built in 1866, had a working life of almost a century and many more…

Address: 10 Barbour Rd, Thirlmere
Open: Monday to Friday: 10am – 4pm
Saturday and Sunday: 9am – 5pm
Closed on Good Friday and Christmas Day
Prices: Museum Only: Adult: $15; Senior/Concession: $10 Child 4-17: $5
Museum + train Adult: $35; Senior/Concession: $25; Child 4-17: $12.50
Infant under 4:   Free
Website: www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/the museum
Phone: 1300 11 55 99
Email: info@trainworks.com.au

7. Harpers Mansion & Maze

On a hill overlooking the historic village of Berrima, is Harper’s Mansion, a fine Georgian homestead built in 1834 by James Harper (assistant to the Surveyor General Thomas Mitchell). The mansion is set in two acres of strolling gardens of cool climate heritage plants & features one of the largest hedge mazes in Australia. The maze is now over 3 metres tall. The total length of the path is 350 metres but, if you can find the quickest way out, it’s only 185 metres.

Harper’s Mansion, furnished in period style, is listed on the NSW Government Heritage Register as a property of State heritage significance. The Mansion is owned by the National Trust and managed by volunteers on behalf of the Trust.  Harper’s Mansion, Garden and Maze are available to hire for weddings, events, filming and photography

Address:  9 Wilkinson St. Cnr Old Hume Hwy, Berrima
Open:  Weekends & public holidays: 10.30am – 4.00pm
Closed:  Good Friday & over Christmas/New Year
Prices:  General Entry (all areas): Adults  $8,
Seniors/Concession holders:  $7;
Accompanied children under 16:  free
Children must be accompanied by an Adult
National Trust Members:  Free – Donations Welcome
Web:  www.harpersmansion.com.au
Phone:  02 4877 1508
Email:  info@harpersmansion.com.au

6. The Bradman Centre – Home of Cricket Memories

Visit the Bradman Centre, with cutting edge technology, interactive touch-screens and much more. The International Cricket Hall of Fame is the definitive world cricket visitor experience with live footage from around the world, fascinating memorabilia and absorbing stories from cricketing greats.

The Bradman Centre is set in the beautiful surrounds of Bradman Oval (Bowral) and includes a café and gift store. The adjacent children’s playground is cricket themed and has a gas barbecue. The Centre also offers a comprehensive school holiday program.

Address:  St Jude Street, Bowral
Open:  7 days: 10am – 5pm
Prices:  Adults $20, children (5-17 years) $11, family $55, concession $15
Website:  www.bradman.com.au
Phone:  02 4862 1247
Email:  info@bradman.com.au

5. Visit the Berrima District Museum

Berrima District Museum, collects, preserves, displays and interprets the heritage of the Berrima District and the Wingecarribee Shire. The museum is located in Market Place, Berrima, at the southern end of the village near the bridge over the Wingecarribee River and is operated by a dedicated band of volunteer members of the society.

The collection contains many interesting objects, facts, original pictures and sculptures relating to the history of the Wingecarribee Shire, with regularly changing exhibitions. The Berrima Museum is recognised as one of the best small country museums with exhibitions aimed to give visitors a tantalising glimpse of early life in the district.

Address:  Market Pl. & Old Hume Hwy, Berrima
Open:  Weekends, public /school holidays & group bookings: 10am–4pm
Price:  $5
Website:  www.berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org.au
Phone:  02 4877 1130
Email:  berrimamuseum@bigpond.com

4. Berrima District Historical & Family History Society

The Berrima Historical Society was founded in 1960 to encourage the study of Australian, local and family history, to establish a museum and a permanent archive for the preservation of the documentary and material heritage of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. Their Collections cover the major towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson and Berrima and the many villages.

The Society has an extensive collection of photographs and pictures relating to the Southern Highlands and beyond, dating from the 1870’s. Membership is open to all with an interest in history, genealogy, museums and heritage conservation.

Address:  Cnr. Bowral Rd & Old Hume Hwy, Mittagong
Open:  Weekends, public holidays, school holidays and for group bookings
Phone:  02 4872 2169
Website:  www.berrimadistricthistoricalsociety.org.au
Email:  bdhsarchives@gmail.com

3. Visit the Berrima Courthouse

Berrima Courthouse tours offer visitors a poignant and dramatic reminder of Australia’s colonial history. The museum’s new multi projector wide screen audio visual presentation depicts the discovery of the district by explorers and the reasons for the settlement of this region.

The latest addition to the museums compelling tour is a world view of the law entitled: “Heroes, humour, villains and victims”. This provocative and ambitious chronicle is accented by the use of tabloid headlines.

Address:  Cnr. Argyle & Wiltshire St, Berrima
Open:  Daily 10am – 4pm (except Christmas Day and Good Friday)
Prices:  Adults-$10, seniors/concessions-$9, Children-$6 Family (2 adults + any number of children) – $20
Website:  www.berrimacourthouse.org.au
Phone:  02 4877 1505
Email:  info@berrimacourthouse.org.au

2. Breathe in the Fresh Air – Enjoy the Cool Climate

Stay at the Berrima Bakehouse Motel in the centre of Berrima Village. Within easy walking distance to everything including specialty shops, restaurants, cafés and the pub. Walking is most definitely the best option to get around town, especially on the weekend when parking is a premium.


The Berrima region was originally inhabited by the indigenous “Gundungurra” people. European exploration of the area began as early as 1798. The Hume brothers passed through in 1814. John Oxley established a station after droving cattle here in search of new pastures in 1815.

Interesting fact: The Southern Highlands climate and rainfall is some of the most varied in Australia for such a small region. For example: on average Robertson gets 1659 mm rainfall per annum. Only 40 kilometres away in Joadja the average rainfall is 649mm– a difference of 1010mm! 

To check the weather of the Southern Highlands: http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/southerntablelands.shtml

Berrima Village

Located, in the beautiful Southern Highlands of NSW, Berrima is the ultimate convenient getaway to enjoy a patchwork of great experiences. Think rolling green pastures, fresh local produce, antiques, shopping, great wine with friends and country hospitality.

Meet Half-way, Stay All Day (Or Longer)

Berrima is within easy driving distance from major population centres. Friends meet at Berrima for lunch or dinner, wander around the village and enjoy its many delights, perhaps stay overnight and explore the wineries, or maybe just relax.


For the solitary visitor, for a couple or family; exploring the village, the river and the region around Berrima requires more than just a day trip. A hotel, a motel, numerous cottages and B&Bs are located in and around Berrima village. Accommodation is priced from budget to luxurious with weeknight and weekend packages available

Here is a selection of 52 things to do in and around Berrima. We are sure so many will appeal you will want to return again and again.

Click here to down load a Southern Highlands Tourist map before you set off.