Berrima is the last of the southern highland towns that follow the Hume Highway. Berrima has retained the very historic heritage of days past. Berrima is a fun place to visit and the traveler needs appropriate time and a little funding to get the best out of the visit. Every facet of this heritage town is of interest.

The name Berrima is believed to derive from an Aboriginal word meaning either ‘southward’ or ‘black swan’.

The Wingecarribee River and the area was first visited during the late 1790s, including a 1798 expedition led by an ex-convict, John Wilson.

The courthouse (was built between 1833 and 1838. The gaol (see below) was built from 1835 by convict labour and opened in 1839. The gaol is still in use, and the courthouse a museum.

The Surveyor General Inn was built in 1834. It has been continuously licensed since 1839 and its claim to being the earliest hotel rests on its continual trading record.

The Anglican and Catholic Churches are 150 year old buildings.

The town itself is a museum. But on the northern end of the town a museum gives a great insight to the past.

The Berrima War Memorial is located in the Berrima Gardens.

A great little town that the traveler will enjoy.

Heritage diary



Fireplace   Dump Station
General Store   Bottled Gas
Internet   Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic   Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing   Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course