The Boolarng Nangamai Aboriginal Art and Culture Studio is actively participating in a hands on approach to reconciliation in Australia. Come and observe Aboriginal artists at work. The studio is dedicated to Aboriginal cultural awareness featuring artworks, weaving, painting, drawing, tool making, bush toy making, dance, didgeridoo playing, storytelling, Aboriginal art consultancy and Aboriginal sites consultancy. The bush foods and medicine garden offers visitors a first hand look at available bush foods. A range of packaged bush tucker, handmade woven objects and artwork is available to purchase.
The historic old schoolhouse has a new lease on life. Just about everything you taste at The Schoolhouse is made using whatever is flowering and growing in the fields and forests nearby. The teas are grown organically at Foxground. Cheese is made on-site using the freshest, pasture-fed local milk. Enjoy high tea, cheese for two or a private tasting function by appointment. Savour the flavours of the South Coast - you won't be disappointed!
The winery was established in 1976 when 12 acres of vines were planted in the rich volcanic soil of Jaspers Brush. The complex consists of a modern, airy wine tasting and retail sales building. The vine covered verandah overlooks the beautiful valley for a very relaxed and informal experience. Seating is provided on the verandah for dining or there is a log fire inside for a more cosy atmosphere. Picnic and barbecue facilities also provided for visitors.
The Berry Historic Museum is a great place for those interested in local history and a visit to the museum will prove very rewarding. Housed in the old E.S. and A Bank, there are records of early settlement in the Berry district. The Berry Museum has an extensive collection of items, memorabilia, photographs and records donated by the local community. These relate to the area's agricultural, dairying and timber past. Lots of photographs of people, places and activities are on display. Guided and self completing tours are available and a "please do touch room" for children. Bookings required for guided tours.
Gerringong Golf Club, situated along the coast just south of Gerringong, is a Par 72 championship 18 hole golf course, with views to impress! The course provides magnificent views across farmland to the mountains, whilst a deserted beach forms part of the boundary. The small club house is open daily, providing cart and club hire, drinks and limited food.
The historical Muir House Gallery is located in the township of Berry. Muir House has a wide range of local arts and crafts on display and for sale. Every fourth Sunday of the month Muir House has an Art and Craft Open Day where artist from around the area gather and demonstrating their painting techniques, local writers also attend, and general arts and crafts on display. Gallery art space available for hire.
Two Figs is a boutique winery and vineyard located 12 kilometres from Berry. Its spectacular position offers panoramic 360 degree views from the beaches of Shoalhaven Heads along the expanse of the Shoalhaven River and beyond. Two Figs vineyard was planted in 2003. The winery is now producing wines including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Chambourcin and Verdelho. The climate is temperate with maritime influences and produces soft, approachable wines. Winemaker Shayne Bricker now offers these premium wines for tasting on the cellar door with himself or Leah amidst the equipment and barrels of a working winery. Come and buy a bottle of wine and a gourmet local plate and enjoy the scenery.
Purveyors of a fine selection of hand-blended teas and an eclectic range of tea wares from around the world. Come and browse this cute little store or take time out to enjoy one of their beautiful teas with a slice of cake or freshly baked scones with raspberry jam and double cream. A must visit for tea lovers.
Experience the nostalgia of travelling on a steam railway through a rural property at Penwood Miniature Railway. All engines are working replicas of the original trains. A fun day out for big and little kids! Penwood Miniature Railway is open to the public on the first Sunday of each month. Entry to the property is 250 metres north of Croziers Road, on the Eastern side. Look for the red letterbox and Penwood Miniature Railway sign. Please wear covered footwear.
Located in the beautiful town of Berry, Jetz Cafe is a healthy oasis. This cafe offers not only an all day breakfast serving quality fresh food but also lunch and afternoon tea with extensive menu selections. You have the wonderful opportunity of either eating indoors or dining outside in the courtyard. Come along and enjoy a meal at Berry Jetz Cafe.
The Berry Courthouse is now open to the public. It was abolished on 30 July 1988 as it was no longer needed as a local courthouse. Visitors can enjoy the Victorian Gardens and the elegant Classical courthouse, it is sure to remind you of the Grecian beginnings of the justice system. The building was designed by James Barnet in the Greek Revival style and built in 1890 and 1891 at a cost of 1,658 pounds 10 shillings and 7 pence. The Berry Court House appears to have been completed in September 1891. The Berry Courthouse operated as a courthouse from 1891 to 1988 and, as such, reflects the early history of governance and law and order in the region and New South Wales. As an example of a small scale rural courthouse designed in the Classical Academic style, its fine, elegant design embodies late 19th century concepts of courthouse architecture.
Located in beautiful Gerringong, Jock's Bakery and Cafe offer a variety of freshly baked pastries along with breakfasts, salad bars, and coffee. All that is needed to kick start your day! All freshly baked goodies are made daily on the premises, and Jock's Bakery and Cafe also provide specialty cakes to order.
The Village Forge is known for unique customised pieces. By melding the tradition of Blacksmithing with contemporary Metal Fabrication techniques, inspired designs of classic decoration, sculpture, architecture and personal motifs are used to create unlimited design variations. Glass, timber, stone, mosaics and other mediums can be incorporated, as well as taking advantage of the best protective coatings available on today's market. Gates are a speciality and can be fitted with a large range of security and power options available. The Village Forge invites you to discuss any size project and welcomes the opportunity to translate your ideas into a truly unique medium. The Village Forge invites Architects and Designers to contact him to discuss custom plans. The Village Forge is the place for individual handmade pieces such as balustrade and garden designs, as well as demonstrations and classes.
The Berry Sourdough Bakery and Cafe isn't your average bakery. They have an Alan Scott oven, a mixer, a crew of talented bakers on the bench and all loaves are hand crafted with no moulding machinery used. The bakery makes the most of the location, maintaining a relationship with other local organic food producers. Doughs are mixed slowly, rested for three hours, shaped and set to rise in willow baskets. When ready they are loaded onto a peel and slashed on their way into the wood fired oven. The range includes whole wheat, rye, multi grain, spelt levain blanc, olive, brioche, baguette and fruit. A shop is connected to the bakehouse, selling seasonal organic vegetables, organic dips and dry goods. The cafe menu is packed full of interesting food, using as much local produce as possible.
The Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry, is an iconic retail experience that transports parents and children into a world of colourful, wooden toys and speciality gift items. With most of their products being designed by the head honcho - Elisa Doro - here in Australia and ethically handmade in Bali you can be assured you are purchasing sustainable, environmentally sound, community supportive and ethical products. Can't get into Berry? Their dreamy products are also available to purchase online! Experience toy shopping the way it should be experienced and visit Goldfish Toy Shop, Berry, for a shopping trip you will never forget!
The Sir Charles Kingsford Smith Memorial Lookout offers panoramic views of Seven Mile Beach National Park and magnificent views of the coastline. The Memorial is in the shape of Sir Charles Kingsford Smith's famous aircraft called the 'Southern Cross'. It commemorates his historic record breaking flight on January 11th 1933 across the Tasman to New Zealand. Seven Mile Beach was selected for the take-off area as it was an ideal place and allowed a long, smooth take-off for his heavy laden aircraft. A plaque is on display near the outline of his famous aircraft.
Broughton Antiques, established in 1985, is situated in one of Berry's heritage buildings. They offer an extensive range of antiques, furniture and collectables. Specialising in quality Victorian and Edwardian furniture, much of which is privately sourced together with a selective range of porcelain, silver and fine estate jewellery. If you are considering selling they can help discuss the pre-sale estimate of your item or collection. You can email images for comment. They can provide a verbal valuation / appraisal just by visiting Broughton Antiques in Berry. To contact a valuer, or to submit images, please email Broughton Antiques.
The Treat Factory is the largest gourmet food outlet on the South Coast of New South Wales. Established in the historic Old Central Creamery, the Treat Factory manufactures hundreds of flavours of jams and sauces from family recipes spanning over 60 years. On site, they handcraft a massive selection of Belgian Chocolate and gourmet confectionary - they have all your old favourites and new unique creations. At The Treat Factory you can smell the aroma of the jams bubbling away while you shop. During the week, most days you can watch chocolate or confectionary been manufactured. At The Treat Factory Warehouse you will find ingredients, bulk goods, kitchen ware, baking needs and more. They have treats and hard to find ingredients for the professional chef, cake decorator, food lover and home cook. The Treat Factory is an essential stop for the food lover visiting the south coast.
The Crooked River commercial winery produces over 100,000 bottles of soft wines and ports each year. The vineyard and location provide a perfect back drop to the surrounding mountains and ocean vistas. Crooked River Winery and Vineyard is situated 1.5 hours from Sydney Airport, 10 minutes from Kiama and two minutes drive from Gerringong Railway Station on Willow Vale Road just off the Princes Highway. Tours available, bus groups by appointment.
The golf course is located almost right on the beach. The Shoalhaven Heads Golf Club has a bistro which is open Friday and Saturday nights, plus Tuesday to Sunday for lunch. It is a family friendly club with plenty of variety on the menu. Fully licensed bar and special themed dinner nights. Call the club to find out what themes are coming up.
South Coast Providores prides itself on working with locally grown produce. All their products are made by hand and in small batches ensuring an artisan product. They work with some 18 local growers who supply them with a wide range of fruit and vegetables - all sustainably grown. They work with the seasons and their range includes plums, peaches, nectarines, all citrus fruits, tamarillos, feijoas, kiwi fruit, wild limes, rhubarb, strawberries, blueberries, raspberries. South Coast Providores source local tomatoes, zucchini, cucumbers and more for their chutneys and relishes. They are passionate about their products and this shows in the end result.
Hedy's Restaurant is an award winning restaurant situated overlooking the picturesque Shoalhaven River, with views to Seven Mile Beach. Recently featured in the 2012 SMH Good Living Feature for some of 'the best fish and chips on the South Coast', and also the only One Schooner rated Hotel Restaurant on the South Coast in the 2011 SMH Good Pub Food Guide. Catering for functions and other events, with takeaway always available. Family Night is Tuesday to Thursday nights, where you can purchase a main meal and receive a free children's meal for a child under 12. With a large outdoor seating area taking advantage of the expansive views over the river and out to sea, this restaurant is very family friendly. There is also an indoor air-conditioned area and the hotel is fully licensed, with three bars, lounge area, courtyard, motel and kids area.
Seven Mile Beach National Park comprises of 898 hectares of coastal land in a narrow strip between the villages of Shoalhaven Heads and Gerroa, about 17 kilometres east of Nowra. This national park is one of the smallest in the state. Seven Mile Beach National Park is 137 kilometres south of Sydney and 6 kilometres south from Gerringong. At Beach Road the new wooden walkway to the beach and viewing platform and the nearby car park provide easy beach access to all, including the disabled. Close by there is a large picnic area with barbecues in a pleasant forest setting. A smaller picnic area is set among tea trees and banksias with easy beach access. There are loop walking tracks through the forest and along the beach. Activities available in park include: bushwalking, swimming, surfing, picnicking. Camping in the national park is now PROHIBITED.
Mezzadella's serves traditional wood fired pizzas with a modern twist! Also on the menu: calzones, gluten free pizzas, salads, homemade gelato and blackboard specials. Gourmet pizzas include Inferno, with a herbed tomato base, hot calabrese salami, chorizo, fresh tomato, Spanish onion, chilli flakes, jalapenos, buffalo mozzarella topped with roquette and yoghurt, Cajun Mama, with Cajun spiced prawns on a herbed yoghurt and tomato base with roasted red capsicum and seared mango, Spanish onion, buffalo mozzarella, topped with roquette and green tomato and lime relish.
View an amazing variety of over one hundred species of native plants from sunrise to sunset. The extensive range of plants has been collected from far north Queensland all the way to Tasmania. Visitors to the area are encouraged to enjoy a self guided tour with interpretive signage around the botanic and bush tucker gardens. Take some time to enjoy this peaceful coastal garden.
The Berry Community and Activity Centre have a wonderful display of handmade crafts in wood, wool and material all made locally. Organically grown vegetables for sale, jams, relishes and, pickles made from organically grown vegetables are also a feature. Berry is famous for its gardens, trees, arts and crafts, antiques and markets. Berry also boasts some fine early architecture with various buildings, some beautifully restored, protected by their National Trust Classification in recognition of their significance to the heritage of the region.
This award-winning cottage industry is on the site of the Old Toolijooa School, beside the Princes Highway about two kilometres south of Gerringong. The old school residence is still there, and in the workshop behind it there are the usual pottery wheels and kilns, and a gallery where finished pots are on display. The potters create mugs, teapots, bowls and casseroles and similar useful things, and often just for fun, owls and pussycats, pelicans, wombats, dragons and little stoneware animals. See lots of pictures on their website. Visitors are always welcome. Depending on the day, you may see pots being made, fired, or glazed. Or just browse about in the display room to see the wide variety of finished items. If you want to be sure the workshop is open, feel free to phone ahead.