Spending the weekend away from Sydney or doing a day trip and looking for things to do in Berry on the South Coast? There’s much more to this beautiful town than a stop over to the Famous Berry Donut Van. We’re all guilty of popping in for cinnamon donuts, but there’s so much more to discover here.
Think boutique shopping, the beautiful seven mile beach, wine tasting, historical buildings, and of course local produce and fantastic places to eat at award winning restaurants. The charming village of Berry makes a beautiful getaway in the Shoalhaven region and beaches near Wollongong.
We’ve been back time and time again to bring you our personal experience and favourite things to do in Berry we know you’ll love.
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Why visit Berry?
While it might be a quick stop over to pick up cinnamon donuts from the donut van on the way back from Jervis Bay, Berry is a town like no other. It’s like Mosman in the country with a gorgeous Queen street you could spend hours wondering in and out of the boutique shops. There’s hiking trails and waterfalls nearby to visit so it doesn’t cater just for shoppers or foodies.
Where is Berry?
Berry is located on the South Coast and is a 2 hour drive from Sydney. It’s also a 40 minute drive from Wollongong and just a 25 minute drive from Kangaroo Valley. If you’re heading to Jervis Bay, it’s a good stop over point for breakfast or lunch.
Things to do in Berry
1. Find your own secluded beach at Seven Mile Beach
Under a 10 minute drive from Berry will bring you to the deserted Seven Mile Beach which is obviously seven miles long! The beach is so big, with beautiful golden sand, you’ll be able to feel like you have it all to yourself. If you fancy a walk, check out the Sand Track Loop which is a 3km hike in Seven MIle Beach National Park.
2. Find out what the fuss is about at the Famous Berry Donut Van
When we first heard about the Famous Berry Donut Van, we thought it was just an overrated hype, until we actually tried the famous donuts. It turns out it’s hyped up for a reason. At the time of writing, this donut van has been operating for 58 years which is impressive in itself.
You might find long lines here but we’ve seemed to always be lucky as they haven’t been that bad when we visited. Plus, there’s no hanging around – you’ll be served your donuts super fast at the Famous Berry Donut Van!
3. Support the locals at the Berry Farmers Market
If you happen to be visiting Berry on a Thursday, head over to the Berry Farmers Market between 3-5pm at the Berry Showground to take some fresh produce such as fresh fruit back home with you. This Berry produce market is a great way to meet the locals in the area and support local businesses at the Berry markets.
4. Learn about the area at the Berry Museum
Learn about the history of Berry village and visit the Berry Museum which is located inside one of the famous heritage buildings in the town. The former council chambers and bank building was built in 1884.
5. Stop by for tea at the famous Berry Tea Shop
You can’t visit Berry without visiting the super friendly team at the Berry Tea Shop. Stop by for local tea and scones and enjoy the surroundings where it’s located off the main street (Queen Street) which is highly rated as one of the best things to do in Berry!
6. Hike up to an amazing view on the Drawing Room Rocks walk
One of the best things to do in Berry is to go for a hike in the area. There’s a reason why the Drawing Room Rocks walk is so popular in the Berry region. The 3km walk is located just a 12 minute drive from Queen Street in Berry. It’s a steep walk up to the top but the views are spectacular and worth it, especially to see the unique rock formations when seen at sunrise or when the sun sets.
At the end of Queen street in Berry is the beautiful Apex Park. It’s small but gorgeous if you’ve got a picnic with you and fancy laying down on the grass to take in the peaceful of this amazing place.
8. Shop at the beautiful homeware stores in Berry
There are plenty of homeware shops to keep you entertained in Berry! Whether you’re looking for things to do in Berry for a girls weekend, here’s some of our favourite boutique shopping for homewares you should put on your list to visit around Queen Street for a few hours of strolling.
Hampshire Interiors is a beautiful shop which looks like it could have been taken from California. It’s located a few doors down from the Berry Tea Shop.
Amara Home is located in a stunning building next to Il Locale restaurant with beautiful green foliage covering the entrance of the store.
Haven & Space is another stunning shop complete with homewares and women’s fashion which I loved.
9. Check out the Berry Historical Walk
One of the more unique things to do in Berry is the self guided historical walk. You can download this walking trail which takes you to loads of historical buildings such as the famous Berry courthouse in the town. There’s two walks to choose from – the shorter walk just taking 30 minutes to complete and the longer walk is around 2 hours long.
10. Enjoy the local wineries
You can’t visit the South Coast without checking out the Berry wineries in the region. Silos Estate is the biggest winery with Two Figs Winery and Coolangatta Estate Winery both just a stones throw away. They are all the best place to sit back and enjoy the incredible views of the green hills around you and enjoy the beauty of the area.
11. Visit the unique Werri Beach circular rockpool
New South Wales certainly knows how to do a rockpool, but have you ever seen a circular rockpool before? The famous Werri Beach is home to two rockpools – one is a normal rockpool, and the other next to it is a small circular one. The beach is stunning and the rockpool makes it a little extra special!
12. Have fun at the Kiama Blowhole
You can’t visit Berry without a stop off to the famous Kiama Blowhole. As the world’s largest blowhole, it brings in the crowds, but there’s reason why. When we recently visited again, I thought it was really fun. Although it was during school holidays, kids absolutely loved guessing when the water would shoot up and splash everyone.
13. Bombo Rocks
Considering the amount of times I’ve driven down the South Coast, I can’t believe I’ve only just visited Bombo Rocks. The incredible scenery is absolutely mind blowing to think it’s tucked away near Kiama. The Cathedral Rocks here feel ancient although the Bombo Quarry was started in 1880s. Over time the rocks were formed and is an absolutely spectacular sight to be seen.
14. Visit the waterfalls near Berry
There are some of the best waterfalls near Sydney located near Berry. Check out our Best Waterfalls In Kangaroo Valley guide to find some of our favourites and swimming holes in the local area including Carrington Falls, Belmore Falls and much more.
15. Kangaroo Valley
Drive over to Kangaroo Valley and discover some of the prettiest towns in NSW. It’s also home to the oldest pub in NSW called The Friendly Inn, is famous for kayaking the Kangaroo River and has some beautiful cafes, our favourite is The General Cafe. Check out our 42 Best Things To Do In Kangaroo Valley before you go which includes absolutely everything about visiting the area.
16. Meribee Gardens
Looking for more things to do in Berry and love a beautiful garden? Stop by the absolutely stunning Meribee Gardens and enjoy the beautiful view while you watch the world go by. It’s only open on Sundays but check the Meribee Gardens website for special days such as their Mother’s Day High Tea event.
17. Where to eat in Berry
One of the best things to do in Berry is to enjoy the gorgeous cafes and award winning restaurants in town. One thing to note is if you’re visiting during the week (especially on Mondays), there’s only the pubs to eat at night. On weekends it’s a different story, but I’m just pointing it out as we didn’t have a lot of options.
18. Breakfast options
We had breakfast at Hungry Monkey which is off the main street. The zucchini fritters are good here and the outdoor seating is lovely too.
iV Coffee is the place to grab a coffee in Berry. There were loads of lines and Steve said it was good (he’s very particular about his coffee).
Milkwood Bakery is really popular for breakfast too and we would try there next time we visit.
19. Lunch and dinner
I would head to The Garden, iL Locale or The Rutledge Bar & Eats for lunch or dinner in Berry. All three look totally different but these would be our options if we didn’t go to the pub.
20. Decide between The Southern Hotel vs The Berry Hotel
There’s two pubs in Berry to choose from which is actually quite impressive considering how small the town is. When we asked our hotel receptionist which to go to, she said both were similar. We popped into a very quiet Southern Hotel but we decided to opt for The Berry Hotel instead.
What’s different about the two pubs? The Berry Hotel is older but has a great outdoor area out the back. The Southern Hotel is newer and is a good people watching spot. We personally preferred The Berry Hotel and the proper British bangers and mash went down well too!
21. Where to stay in Berry
The Homestead – beautiful boutique luxury accommodation you need to see for yourself
Berry Village Boutique Motel – opposite the Berry Donut Van, the location doesn’t get any better (no need to drive to town) and it’s clean with all mod cons.