Visiting Berrima in the Southern Highlands
is like stepping back in time. It has a remarkably well-preserved streetscape and the colonial buildings in warm hues of sandstone surrounding the village green are all reminders of its past.
There is a self-guided walking tour that takes you past the most significant of the village's buildings.
Berrima Gaol is still a working prison, but you can visit the Old Courthouse, where there is an interpretive display including court scenes from an infamous murder case. The Berrima Historical Museum is also interesting to visit as it has a wealth of fascinating items from the village's past.
The Surveyor-General is the oldest continually licensed hotel in Australia. Many of the village's original cottages have been sensitively converted into shops and cafes, where you can browse for the perfect gift or have a coffee or a meal.
Photo courtesy Tourism New South Wales