Driving through the pretty NSW south coast town of Berry is like meandering through a life-size version of a child’s drawing.

Driving through the pretty NSW south coast town of Berry is like meandering through a life-size version of a child’s drawing, all steep rounded hills, squat trees with fat cows idling beneath, and winding paths leading to cottages with emerging puffs of white smoke. Once a destination predominantly for retirees, today it has grown into a popular weekend getaway spot for Sydneysiders looking for peace and a bit of charming antiquity.

Contrasting colours of maroons, yellows and pinks adorn the walls of its heritage buildings. A close community vibe permeates its streets. Dotted with cafes, antique and boutique stores – the town’s main attractions – it’s impossible to drive through without stopping for a little poke around. Can’t find any hidden homeware gems at Haven and Space? Try the hand-knitted creations at Sew & Tell, or rummage around in your own future with a palm reading at the Global Contact Bookstore.

The Famous Berry Donut Van, a local favourite for years, can be detected a mile away from the fresh tang of its hot wares, and the town’s main pub – the Berry Hotel – is as good as they come. And if you can time your visit to this peaceful dairy region on the first Sunday of the month, you’ll
be right on time for its top-notch Country Fair.

Where? // An easy 2hrs (143km) drive south of Sydney.

Did you know? // Berry looks like fruit-picking country, but that’s not where the town’s name comes from. Established as Broughton Creek in 1825, the town took on the name of pioneer Alexander Berry in 1889.

 

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