Historic Buildings of Berrima

Established in 1831, Berrima is a fine example of a well preserved Australian Georgian colonial village. With many heritage listed buildings, our historic village is a window into the past. From the imposing sandstone walls of the Berrima Gaol to the magnificent Greco Roman/Georgian architecture of the Court House, history embraces as you meander around our charming village.

Berrima Court House, 1838

Corner Wilshire and Argyle Streets, Berrima

This striking sandstone building is a fine example of Greek-revival style, characteristic of one of the foremost architects of the day, Mortimer Lewis, designs in early Australia. The Court House held the first trail by jury in April 1843 and has convicted some of Australia’s most infamous criminals, including Lucretia Dunkley and John Lynch. Open daily.

Court House - Explore Berrima
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Victoria Inn, 1840

Jellore Street, Berrima

Also known as Queen Victoria and Allington, this heritage listed building has operated as a traveller’s inn and brewery, doctors surgery and a restaurant. Colonial Georgian in style the inn was built by ex-convict turned businessman Joseph Levy and the cottage’s front façade is handsomely symmetric with much of its original detailing. The stables are reported to have been used by Cobb & Co stagecoaches.

Berrima Gaol

Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Constructed from local sandstone between 1835 to 1839 with much of the construction work done by convicts in iron chains. The Goal has a rich history of notable inmates including Australia’s first serial killer John Lynch, bushranger Paddy Curran and Lucretia Dunkley the first and only woman hung at Berrima Goal for the murder of her husband. The goal has been operational between 1839 to 2011 in various capacities including a German prisoner internment camp during World War 1.

Berrima Goal - Explore Berrima
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Surveyor General Inn, 1834

Old Hume Highway, Berrima

 Australia’s oldest continuously licenced inn was built by local James Harper and is constructed with local sandstone by the hands of convicts. Patronised by bushrangers and with convicts chained in the cellar before the construction of Berrima Gaol, the Inn has a colourful history.

Harper’s Mansion, 1834

Wilkinson Street, Berrima

Built by James and Mary Harper, the property was acquired by the National Trust in 1978 and has been extensively restored to its former glory. The house has also been used as a Roman Catholic presbytery and convent. The property also features a wonderful English style garden with a hedge maze and is open to the public on weekends and public holidays.

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Bellevue House - Explore Berrima

Bellevue House, 1860's

Oxley Street, Berrima

This two-storey classic Georgian style building was built for Berrima businessman James Powell and was named for its beautiful views across the valley. It once operated as a bakery.

Breen’s Inn, 1840

Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Also formally known as the Commercial Inn and Colonial Inn, the stone steps were whitewashed every day at 5.30am by Mrs Breen. Currently operating as Eschalot Restaurant, this charming sandstone structure with its shuttered French windows is a fine example of a sympathetic restoration.

Breens Inn - Explore Berrima
The Taylors Crown Inn 1844 - Explore Berrima

Taylor’s Crown Hotel, 1840s

Old Hume Highway, Berrima

Built by William Taylor, this two-storey Georgian building housed a cellar, bakery and kitchen in the lowers floor of the hotel. William McCourt, speaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly made it his home in the late 1880’s and renamed it Courthope.

Berrima House, 1835

Jellore Street, Berrima

Heritage listed residence Berrima House is a charming sandstone dwelling reputed to be one of the first of its kind in Berrima. It is of significant importance with its characteristic Colonial-Georgian style built during the formation of Berrima village. It is believed that notorious bushranger Ben Hall rested overnight on the cottages’ verandah.

Berrima House - Explore Berrima
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Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 1849

Argyle Street, Berrima

Built with quarried sandstone from the Wingecarribee River, the church features exquisite stained-glass windows and is set amongst a pine forest. Designed by Edmund Blacket, this early English Gothic revival style structure is known as one of his first churches.peaker of the NSW Legislative Assembly made it his home in the late 1880’s and renamed it Courthope.

St. Francis Xavier Roman Catholic Church, 1851

Oldbury Street, Berrima

Built on the site of the convict stockade on the south side of the river, the sandstone church was originally known as St. Scholastica. Designed by Augustus Welby Pugin, it is the most perfectly maintained of all Pugin’s Australian churches in the Gothic revival style. The builder, William Munro, also built Holy Trinity Church.

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Berrima District Museum

Corner Market Place and Bryan Street, Berrima

Housed in the original three front rooms and the verandah of a typical workman’s cottage c 1910, the Museum’s impressive collection of artefacts from Berrima and the Southern Highlands depicts the rich history of the area. Explore Berrima highly recommends a visit to discover insights into village life in colonial Berrima.

Visitors can experience Prisoners in Arcady which explores the story of the German internees held in Berrima during WWI. This is the perfect introduction to the Berrima River Walk.

This museum caters for all ages with well-presented displays, state-of-the-art digital storytelling, historical treasures, quizzes for children and passionate volunteers to guide you.


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