On 26 January 2023, share in the excitement of Australia Day in Berrima Village where the local community is taking celebrations out into the street with the help of Wingecarribee Shire Council.
A long cherished Southern Highlands tradition, The return of Australia Day fun to Australia’s oldest and best-preserved Georgian village, brings so much to look forward to, from classic cars of every make and colour, to a village market of local restaurant and cellar door pop-ups, live action with our resident Blacksmith and the RFS, and loads of family fun.
Celebrations begin with a character-filled Citizenship Ceremony outside historic Berrima Courthouse Museum at 9am. 50 new residents will be welcomed to the shire and the occasion brings some 500 visitors to town for the day.
Be inspired by our Australia Day 2023 Ambassador Mel Thomas, passionate campaigner for strong hearted action to break the cycle of family and domestic violence.
From 10am to 4pm,, enjoy true community spirit, exploring the heritage laneways of historic Berrima brought to life with classic cars of every colour, and a Village Market, that extends from Berrima Gaol on Argyle St (cnr Wilshire) to the Pub at the corner of Wingecarribee St.
Satisfy your appetite with the very best Berrima has to offer:
- Pick up a Peppergreen Estate picnic hamper and make the most of the great Australian outdoors with an afternoon in the park or river reserve
- Be tempted by The Berrima General Store’s spit roasted lamb
- Tuck into authentic Italian pizza, alfresco, from the ovens at Berrima Bakehouse
- Get some Schmokin BBQ brisket straight from the smoker
- Drop into Surveyor General Inn for a classic Aussie sausage sizzle with free live music
- Enjoy Eschalot’s Argentinian BBQ ‘feed me’ menu for lunch and dinner
- Pop into Berrima Vault House for an aperitivo at the Aperol Bar, chef Tommy Prosser’s renowned spirt roast and try your hand at the Cornhole Championships
- Meet the makers at supplier stalls outside the Courtyard Café
- Have a Cuppa With Council at the WSC pop-up
- Try and buy the wines and whiskeys of surrounding cellar doors
. . . and that’s just for starters.
The local RFS crews and fire trucks will be in town with Fire Property Preparation infor-mation and fun fire hose rollouts for the kids. You can have a chat with local artisans and producers, like Mrs Oldbucks who’ll be in fine vintage form with her delicious jams, teas and other gourmet delights. Enjoy the Gardens and Landscapes of The Southern Highlands installation on high definition screens at the Museum, where entry will be free, 10am-3pm. And admire antique horse drawn carriages and a gun carriage in the park.
“It’s going to be so great, welcoming everyone back into our village to celebrate Australia Day together this year. There’s loads happening. The courtyard will abound with laughter, local growers and artisans.” Said Karen Williams, owner of the Courtyard Café and The Wool Press.