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  • Wingecarribee River
    Wingecarribee River
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  • You can swim in it further down
    You can swim in it further down
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  • A very pretty walk
    A very pretty walk
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    Wngecarribee walk

    by iandsmith Written Mar 20, 2009

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    A very pretty walk
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    Should you wander up to the sandstone church mentioned elsewhere you might also choose to head off to the right and pick up a lovely walking track that goes down beside the Wingecarribee River.
    Chances are you might come across a few locals as it's a popular thing to do and, I for one, cannot blame them.
    Especially nice if there's someone alongside you that's also enjoying themselves.

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    Pie shops

    by iandsmith Written Sep 6, 2006

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    If you fancy a pie, as I have on one or two occasions, then you will be well served in Berrima. The first one I ate at was the Gumnut Patisserie which just happens to be an award winning (voted by those within the industry) cake shop. The pie I had (mushroom) was delicious and the apple tart that I purchased for later, if a little expensive, certainly had us enjoying it for the next few days.
    Another excellent eatery of this ilk is the Berrima Bakery. If you are fortunate enough to be there on the day they cook their carrot cakes, then buy one. Absolutely fabulous. Excuse me while I salivate.

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    Still there after all these years

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 28, 2006

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    Breens Inn

    Berrima was meant to be the administrative, commercial and manufacturing centre of the land between the western extremities of Sydney, then called Cowpastures, now known as Camden, and the next commercial centre, Goulburn; Berrima, it was hoped, would fill the void. It was thought manufacturing of things such as leather and wool would be undertaken but it never eventuated.
    People were interested enough to take up the land on offer and housing lots in the village based on its location on the main road, but it never really kicked on. Being on a main road the town benefited from the through-traffic but, despite the healthy sale of town lots, few houses were erected.
    The longest licensed hotel in N.S.W. (continuous) is one of the first two built in Berrima in 1834. The Surveyor-General Inn is its name.
    This shot shows one of the last to close. One suspects it suffers from position as its latest lease on life as a pizza parlour has also lapsed and it currently lays abandoned, awaiting new tenants.

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    Court House

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 24, 2006

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    Neo classical facade of the court house
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    This delightfully facaded court house is now a museum. One of its claims to fame is that it was the scene of the first ever jury trial in Australia. Erected mid-19th century when the town was expected to become more than it eventually did, its utilization of sandstone and neo classical architecture make for an attractive blend.
    These days it is open 7 days a week between 7 and 4 and is probably Berrima's main attraction.
    It only costs $6 per adult and it has some appearance of neglect, despite some monies spent on it in recent years.
    For instance, you are treated to an introductory slide show. The problem is that some of the slides are in an appallingly bad state and, apart from the first and last slide, any with print on them are back to front. I found that to be symptomatic of certain aspects of the museum.
    You can see in succeeding shots some of the dummies that will add something to your visit however.

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    Everybody is in on the act

    by iandsmith Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Labour (hard) of love

    Berrima is the arty-crafty capital of the Southern Highlands. In fact, it's so much into it that the inmates of the local gaol even sell stuff. You can get it by entering this building here and parting with some money.
    The local facility has a fascinating history. It must be one of the only prisons on earth that was transformed into a tourist attraction and then later returned to its original use.
    The delightful sandstone walls belie some of the human tragedy that has gone on in the inside.

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    That Inn

    by iandsmith Written Jul 24, 2006

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    Tarted up, but still authentic (the hotel that is)

    The Surveyors General Inn these days has been tarted up and, inside there are the ubiquitos poker machines that somehow grated on me in an historical context but, the publican is entitled to make a living.
    There's lots of authenticity about the main bar though and it takes little imagination to put yourself back 100 years or so.

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    Berrima Galleries

    by iandsmith Written Jul 11, 2006

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    Berrima Galleries

    This used to be another of the inns, the Crown Inn and dates from the 1840's. It was later owned by a politician, William McCourt, who also happened to be the proprietor of the first newpaper in Moss Vale.

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    The town that never was

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 11, 2006

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    How cute is this

    Berrima was meant to be, but it never was in reality.
    It was going to be lots of things but none of them came to fruition. Its ultimate failure came when the railway passed it by, thus condemning it to a non participating role in just about everything. That was, until tourism happened.
    Now, this little village, in real terms about three blocks of it, thrives. Arty crafty shops and cafes abound and the tourist hordes descend on the place in great numbers though the entire population, at the last census, was only 320.
    Shown here is the Old Bakery Cottage, which, during the 1880's was the front for a bank. These days it's a tea room (at the rear) and a museum.

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    Mansion indeed

    by iandsmith Updated Jul 11, 2006

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    The attractive Harper's Mansion

    This is a picture of Harper's Mansion (1834) , now a private residence. It sits on the hill on your right as you enter Berrima from the north.
    James Harper was the first licensee of the Surveyor General Inn.
    It was purchased by the church in 1853 by the church and used as a presbytery until 1898. Today it belongs to the National Trust but is not open to the public.

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    The bend in the river

    by iandsmith Written Jul 11, 2006

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    The bend

    Located in a picturesque valley on a bend of the Wingecarribee River, Berrima was chosen by Governor Bourke to be the adminstrative centre of the County of Camden, which comprised new lands discovered and settled to the south of the new colony from Cowpastures (Camden) to Argyle (Goulburn).
    The original government settlement in the Highlands was moved to Berrima in the 1830s, and work began on a Court House (1838), Gaol (1839), and buildings to house officials and police.
    By this time there were already a number of inns (Berrima Inn, 1834; Surveyor General Inn, 1835), residences, and other businesses catering to travellers on the new line of road surveyed by Thomas Mitchell from Mittagong to Paddy's River.

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    Bell Gallery

    by iandsmith Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Pretty outside, pretty inside

    This classy exterior fronts an even classier interior - art work wise.
    There is, within these walls, a quality eclectic mix of fine art beautifully displayed. This was probably the highlight of Berrima for me.
    Yes, some of the works are not within the average worker's budgetry constraints but, hey, I'm only in there looking - and loving it.
    A recommended stop on your Berrima excursion. Don't forget to check out the rear room as well whilst you're there, there's more works there as well.

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    The church

    by iandsmith Written Jul 24, 2006

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    A place to worship

    This attractive little sandstone church is just off the old highway on the bend at the end of the main area just up behind a small park.

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    Shoppers' delight

    by iandsmith Written Jul 9, 2006

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    Oh gourd, how colourful is this
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    Here I've just selected random shots of the village to give you an indication of the variety of stores there are available. From chocolate to coiture, you're sure to find something of interest.

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