BERRY, SHOALHAVEN HEADS
Travel south, out of Sydney on the Princes Highway for just over two hours. Cruise along some of the most spectacular coastline in NSW and you will come across a picturesque village which will steal your heart and rejuvenate your soul. Set amongst rolling green hills with the backdrop of the stunning Cambewarra range, Berry is famous for its cafés, antiques and boutique shopping. As soon as you cross the bridge and glimpse the gorgeous rotunda set amongst roses and camellias in the beautiful Apex Park, you will know this is a special place.
The town and the surrounding countryside are a treasure just waiting to be explored. Known as the town of trees, Berry is one of those rare finds with striking landscape. Berry, the first truly rural town south of Sydney is a country experience like no other. A short walk around the village taking in the historical buildings, lovingly maintained by the people of Berry, provides a graceful glimpse of a bygone era. No matter what the time of year there is always something happening in Berry.
At the end of January each year, you can experience a traditional country show something for the whole family. With cattle and horse events, rodeo, wood chopping, pet shows, and the pavilion - Berry Show is not to be missed. There's a showcase of wines and fine food at Berry School of Arts. It's a great time to visit Berry!
Escape to Berry where you can relax and unwind staying in a beautiful bed & breakfast, or at a boutique motel snuggled up in front of an open fire after a day enjoying the picturesque countryside, exploring local wineries and shopping in Berry village. There is an abundance of things to do with some wonderful events always coming up. THe long wekend of June sees the celebration of the local Shoalhaven Coast wine region at the Winter WIne Festival with activities galore. The South Coast Fibre Muster are usually held in July and in August the Berry Public School hosts its annual Food and Wine Fair which is a great social event held over 3 nights. Sample a wonderful array of fresh produce from Berry and surrounds.
Every year there's the fabulous Berry Antiques Fair where you can find that very special piece and Berry's four-day Gardens Festival in October. If you enjoy the peace and tranquillity of a beautifully sculptured garden, then take the time to stroll through the stunning gardens with special exhibitions and music to delight your senses in the gardens.
While you are in the Berry district, take in the delights of the local markets which are overflowing with trinkets, clothing and artworks. Whether you want fresh local produce or handmade arts and crafts, there's a wide variety. Don't miss The Berry Country Fair on the first Sunday of each month and the Berry Flea Market on the third Sunday.
And for those considering a permanent move to Berry - check out the boutique lifestyle for over 55's at 'The Grange at Berry'. Visit www.thegrangeatberrycom.au or phone 1800005922 for more information.
Read more about Berry & Shoalhaven Heads in the South Coast Leisure Times - Online Magazine