Berrima is recognised today as the best preserved example of a Georgian village on the Australian mainland. The village as a whole is listed on the Register of the National Estate and notable buildings include the Holy Trinity Anglican Church designed by Edmund Blacket and built in 1849, and the St Francis Xavier Catholic Church built 1849-51 designed by Augustus Pugin, a notable British architect of Gothic-revival buildings.
The construction of the Berrima Court House took place between 1833 and 1838, and as well as having been an imposing seat for colonial justice, was also used during WWII to house German prisoners of war.
The Surveyor General Inn was built in 1835 and aside from being one of Australia’s earliest hotels its fame also resides in the fact that it has been continually licensed since 1839 as well as the original building.
But it isn’t all about history. Shopping in Berrima particularly concentrates on antiques, gourmet produce, art, craft, and upmarket country clothing, including an alpaca clothing store. Berrima also boasts fabulous food, including a ‘One Hat’ (Sydney Good Food Guide) restaurant. The country elegance that surrounds the village makes it a special holiday destination.