About Berry NSW - Visitor Information
Situated on the Princes Highway between Wollongong and Nowra, Berry is only 2 hours south of Sydney and around 2.5 hours from Canberra.
A brief history:
Established initially as a logging town for the local cedar industry, Berry was founded in 1822 by pioneer Alexander Berry, who was granted 10,000 acres and 100 convicts to construct the settlement– due to its age, the town boasts home to numerous historic houses and buildings, many of which are listed with the National lands Trust – a few worth visiting among these are the Berry Court House, that will often house art and fabric exhibitions (though this is also available at request for weddings!), the School of Arts, where there is on the occasion an antiques show or market (weddings also available) and the local Museum, which while small, has plenty of information on the antiquity and industries of the Shoalhaven region.
South Coast Holidays offers two properties in and around Berry that have a rich Historical Heritage.
- Berry Red: Dating back to 1896, Berry Red is part of Berry's original general store. And a signifant part of Berry's wonderful history. The single story Victorian terrace home has beautiful wide wooden floorboards throughout most rooms and spacious high ceilings. A small courtyard at the rear of the property provides for some outdoor dining.Visit the Local Museum to read about all the buildings of historic significance in Berry.
- Oliver’s Cottage: Perhaps one of our nicest properties in Berry and best representative of this bygone era. Oliver’s cottage is much stylised, with its heritage weatherboard outside, timber floors, high ceilings and meticulously restored cottage features, while still maintaining the expectations of a standard of modern comfort.
- Alexander Berry and his brother in law Edward Wollstonecraft’s private residence, ‘Coolangatta’. Having been built in the 19th century by convicts as a trade village the property underwent a series of restorations in the early 1970’s, and was re-invented as a winery and historic resort. They now offer tours of the winery and grounds, as well as a series of historic photographs contrasting the property in the period prior to its restoration.
- The Bundanon trust, an organisation working at preserving the lands and works of 20th century Australian artist, Arthur Boyd. The trust focuses on two main properties, Arthur Boyd’s private residence, which has been restored and presented as a historic museum for the preservation and promotion of his national works and arts practice. The other being Arthur Boyd’s original studio, Riversdale, which has been converted into an educational centre, which makes available a series of artist residency positions. The trust’s purpose is the teaching of students in the integration between the property, its history and an immersion into the natural environment.
- For those that are less inspired by the region’s history, Berry is also home to a huge mass of festivals and markets held throughout the year. Berry’s main street has an array of clothing shops, gift shops and restaurants, the cuisine incorporating a mixture of local sourcing and creativity to produce the epitome of simplicity and culinary delight. Only a five minute drive from the beach, it means Berry achieves the best of both coastal and inland accommodation.