When it comes to long weekend vacays, we’re kinda spoilt for choice. Fly for two hours in any direction and you’ll find yourself in a glamorous spot, be it Bali, Thailand, Vietnam, or a beautiful Malaysian island. But sometimes, we want a proper holiday (and by that we mean one that lasts longer than a weekend!). And Australia is up there on our destination of choice thanks to it’s buzzy cities, beautiful beaches, and the endless wineries. We recently took a road trip along the east coast and fell in love with Berry; a historic town located on a lovely bay 145 km south of Sydney. The beaches and mountains nearby are the main draw, but the town also offers tons of great cafes, restaurants, and hotels to explore. Here’re our top picks of where to hit up if you find yourself passing through.
Berry Sourdough Bakery & Cafe
Housed in a building dating back to 1895, Berry Sourdough Bakery & Cafe sports rustic interiors infused with the aromas of freshly baked bread. Every day the team here bakes their famous sourdough bread in special woodfired ovens along with pastries, cakes, and savoury breakfast and lunch dishes. We’re huge fans of their coffee and love that they source their produce locally from farmers and fishers committed to sustainability.
Berry Sourdough Bakery & Cafe, 23 Prince Alfred St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 1617. Open Wed - Sun 8am - 3pm
The Burrows of Berry
Vintage is the vibe at The Burrows of Berry, a funky cafe set in an old blacksmiths shop. Settle into one of the camel hide chairs and peruse the menu for brekky breads, fresh salads, and hearty dinner fare. The rustic, yet contemporary dishes feature fresh, seasonal ingredients, and they even smoke their own meats in house. Some of our faves include the chickpea and eggplant curry with a tangy date and tamarind relish, and the skirt steak with shoestring fries.
The Burrows of Berry, 71 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2817. Open Thurs - Mon 8am - 4pm, Fri - Sat 6pm - late
South Coast Providores
What would holiday in Australia be without indulging in a few Aussie pies? South Coast Providores is Berry’s go-to spot for homestyle meat pies filled with hearty ingredients like savoury chicken, bacon, leeks or beef. Be sure to try one of their homemade condiments on the side like the beetroot and red wine relish or the caramelised pomegranate balsamic glaze.
South Coast Providores, 89 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2537. Open Thurs - Mon 10am - 5pm
The Famous Berry Donut Van
The fact that The Famous Berry Donut Van has been around for 55 years and still commands lineups down the block is a testament to just how good their product is. The crew here fries up their delicious donuts right in front you, sprinkles them with a light dusting of cinnamon sugar and hands them over still warm. All we can say is they’re simply divine.
The Famous Berry Donut Van, 73 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 423 319 413. Open daily 9am - 6pm
Wine & Dine
If you’re craving Italian food in Berry, Bussola is the spot to be. You really can’t go wrong here, as husband and wife team Cortney and Caroline have years of experience working in some of Sydney’s best restaurants and have created a solid menu of classic Italian dishes with modern twists. Definitely try one of their artisan pizzas like the Gorgonzola with potato, caramelised onion, radicchio, and rosemary, or the Sopressa Salami with smoked olives, buffalo mozzarella, and chilli.
Bussola, 6/97 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 1188. Open from Wed - Sun 11am - 9pm
Contemporary Asian cuisine meets South Australian ingredients at Hungry Duck, a chic eatery on Berry’s main street. Chef-owner David Campbell and his team pick fresh veggies from the restaurant garden and source sustainable meats and seafood to make innovative dishes like the alpaca katsu buns, crab ravioli, and crumbed quail eggs with ponzu mayo. Wash it all down with a Thirsty Duck Pale Ale made exclusively for Hungry Duck.
Hungry Duck, 85 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2323. Open Sun, Mon, Wed & Thurs 6pm - 9pm, Fri - Sat 6pm - 10pm
Mountain Ridge Wines
For a lovely day trip that involves stellar views, wine, and food, Mountain Ridge Wines is a must. The winery is located on a ridge of Coolangatta Mountain and offers spectacular views of the surrounding mountains. Sample some of their excellent semillon, chardonnay, or organic shiraz at the Cellar Door, then head to the restaurant for fresh fare like the herb crusted barramundi and house made pizzas.
Mountain Ridge Wines, 11 Coolangatta Road, Coolangatta, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4448 5825. Open Mon - Fri 11am - 3pm, Sat - Sun 11am - 5pm (Cellar Door), Mon - Fri 9am - 3pm, Sat - Sun 9am - 5pm (restaurant)
Wine lovers won’t want to miss the award-winning Silos Estate. The winery traces its history back to the 1870s and honours tradition by continuing to hand-prune their vines and hand-pick their grapes. The tasting rooms and restaurant sit amid rolling vineyards, which makes for an ideal setting to sample the estate’s various wines while dining on farm-fresh food. This is a pretty popular spot, so it’s best to book ahead.
Silos Estate, B640 Princes Highway, Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 4448 6160. Open Thurs - Sun 12pm - 2pm, Thurs - Sat 6pm - 10pm (restaurant)
South on Albany
Despite its modern European influences, there’s a friendly neighbourhood feel to South on Albany, a small spot tucked away on a quiet side street. The menus focus on ingredients from the region, and the wine list includes bottles from local wineries and further afield in NSW. Depending on the season, your meal could include items like freshly shucked oysters, citrus cured salmon, or confit duck with a zippy salsa verde and grilled peaches.
South on Albany, 3/65 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2005. Open from Wed - Sat 6pm - 9:30pm, Sat - Sun 12pm - 2:30pm
The Berry Hotel
The historic ambiance is at an all-time high at The Berry Hotel, a cosy pub with spacious rooms upstairs that share bathrooms at the end of the hall. There is also a family-style flat with four bedrooms and its own bathroom. Even if you decide to rest your head elsewhere, you should definitely pop in for a pint and a chat with the amiable bartenders.
The Berry Hotel, 120 Queen St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2294
The Berry Inn
Centrally located in a heritage building that once housed stables, The Berry Inn offers a range of rooms for all budgets and tastes. The rooms are clean and contemporary, although don’t expect any extras like housekeeping or room service. There is no restaurant on site, but the hotel is just steps from some of Berry’s best restaurants and cafes.
The Berry Inn, 17 Prince Alfred St. Berry, NSW 2535. p. +61 (02) 4464 2064.
Airbnb - there are plenty to choose from, we recommend staying in the middle of town on Queen Street
For some of the whitest sand you’ll ever see, make your way to Hyams Beach on the southern shore of Jervis Bay. Spend the day soaking up the sun on the sand, swimming in the crystal clear waters, or strolling along the White Sand Walk where you might catch a glimpse of dolphins frolicking just off the coast. Hyams Beach is about a 40-minute drive from Berry.
Rainforests, rivers, and rock escarpments await in Kangaroo Valley, a region that has been described as the most beautiful valley in Australia. As an added bonus, the small township here was the first plastic-bag-free town in mainland Australia and they aim to be the world’s first carbon neutral tourist destination. To get up close and personal with the natural beauty they’re striving to preserve, try one of the Kangaroo Valley Safaris.