Population 867

A superbly preserved 1830s village, Berrima is nestled in a valley next to the Wingecarribee River. The National Heritage Council declared the village a historic precinct in the 1960s. Many buildings have been restored as antique shops, restaurants and galleries.

Visitor Information

Berrima Courthouse, cnr Wilshire and Argyle sts; (02) 4877 1505

Nearby national parks

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Budderoo National Park

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  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

Nearby towns

  • Bowral

    Bowral is best known as the home town of 'the boy from Bowral', cricketing legend Sir Donald Bradman. Now an up-market tourist town...more

  • Moss Vale

    Moss Vale is the industrial and agricultural centre of Wingecarribee Shire and the Southern Highlands. Once it was home to the Dharawal...more

  • Bundanoon

    Bundanoon is a quiet village with a European feel, thanks to its green, tree-lined avenues. The first European to investigate the district...more

In Town

Berrima Courthouse In 1841 the courthouse was the scene of Australia's first trial by jury, in which Lucretia Dunkley and Martin Beech were accused of having an affair and tried for murdering Lucretia's much older husband. They were found guilty and hanged. The building now houses displays on the trial and early Berrima. Cnr Wilshire and Argyle sts; (02) 4877 1505.

Historical Museum: displays focus on colonial settlement and the struggles of pioneer days; Market Pl; (02) 4877 1130.

Harpers Mansion: Georgian house built in 1834, now owned by the National Trust; Wilkinson St.

Australian Alpaca Centre: sales of knitwear and toys; Market Pl.

The Surveyor General: built in 1835, Australia's oldest continually licensed hotel; Old Hume Hwy.

Berrima Gaol: Bushranger Paddy Curran was the first man hanged there in 1842 and Lucretia Dunkley was the first and only woman executed there; Argyle St.


Wineries: numerous in the area with cellar-door tastings including Southern Highland Wines in Sutton Forest (02) 4868 2300; 10 km S; and Mundrakoona Estate in Mittagong (02) 4872 1311; 10 km NE; maps from visitor centre.

Cafes & restaurants around town


For elegance and timeless style, look no further than Eschalot. This award-winning restaurant boasts an exceptional wine list and a creative seasonal menu. Chefs (and owners) Tony Capps and Richard Kemp have created a... Find out more

Josh’s Cafe

This newcomer is popular with locals, who wish the owners every success while also wishing that the place could remain a secret for just a little longer. Unfortunately for them, the cat is out of the bag. Crowds of... Find out more

Campsites around town

Dalys Clearing camping area 11 km

Follow the signs via Belanglo Rd and Dalys Rd to this flat, grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. Bring your own drinking water. If you’re an adventurous type, you can strike out and camp in the bush, as long... Find out more

Starlights Trail camping area (walk-in and bush camping) 16 km

This is essentially a bush-camping site by the Nattai River, reached via the 12 km return Starlights Trail, which begins and ends in the carpark at the end of Wattle Ridge Rd. It’s a strenuous walk for experienced,... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area 20 km

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

HQ Camp 29 km

The forest’s HQ Camp is 4 km south-east of Wingello via Forest Rd. Camping is only allowed between Easter and the Oct long weekend. There’s a map here displaying mountain-biking trails. Bring your own... Find out more

Bendeela Recreation Area 31 km

In picturesque Kangaroo Valley, 20 km north of Nowra and 8 km west of Kangaroo Valley village, Bendeela is a hidden gem in a treasure chest of natural beauty. Camp in a secluded, shady grove next to the Kangaroo Riverand... Find out more

Tallowa Dam Recreation Area 32 km

You’re surrounded by beauty in this camping ground, which is swaddled by Morton National Park and tucked into Kangaroo Valley. The camping ground itself is a broad, spacious grassed area along the Kangaroo River.... Find out more

Carrington Falls camping area 33 km

This small camping area can get crowded in peak periods, so think twice if you’ve got a campervan or trailer. You’ll find it on Carrington Falls Access Rd, off Jamberoo Mountain Rd, 8 km east of Robertson.... Find out more

Wombeyan Caves Campground 40 km

While the caves are certainly the main drawcard, other activities in the reserve include swimming in the Wombeyan Gorge, hiking, canyoning and birdwatching. The extensive and well-equipped campground is along Wombeyan... Find out more

Grassy Gully camping area (bush camping) 41 km

You can reach this campsite via Grassy Gully Rd, which turns off Burrier Rd. It’s basic bush camping here – bring your own everything, including water and a portable toilet. There are no wood BBQs, so also... Find out more

Government Town camping area 42 km

Government Town camping area is in Yerranderie, a unique, NPWS-owned ghost town restored from its 1900s heyday, when it had a booming population of 3000 people. The town is on the edge of Blue Mountains National Park, so... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 8 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more

Mittagong Caravan Park 12 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Jellore Cottage and 
Settlers Hut

In the heart of Berrima, these two refurbished self-contained cottages are set on attractive grounds with views of the Wingecarribee River. Jellore Cottage (1860) and Settlers Hut (1840) are heritage-listed siblings... Find out more

Surveyor General Inn

Australia’s oldest continuously licensed pub (c. 1834) offers old-world, colonial-style inn accommodation. Each of the four guest rooms has been restored to its former Victorian glory and updated with contemporary... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Gordon VC rest area 7 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.

Mackey VC rest area 13 km

28km SW of Mittagong (L) or 57km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Kingsbury VC rest area 19 km

33km SW of Mittagong (L) or 52km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway in a pine forest. 

What's on around town

Market: 2nd Sun each month; school grounds; Oxley St.

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