The Southern Highlands is made up of many towns and villages, each with a unique past and an eagerness to share their heritage.
Following is the link to the Southern Highlands Heritage Trail.
The management for this centre is currently being established. For further information please contact Community Development Coordinator at Council on (02) 4868 0866.
The Berrima Courthouse can now truly lay claim to offer visitors a remarkable and extraordinary theatrical experience. A new sound and light show innovation brings together the very latest in audio visual technology. At the press of a button the visitor will find all their senses heightened to a level seldom experienced.
As a narrator suddenly appears from out of the darkened court room & gives his historical chronicle to events in Berrima all in 5.1 surround sound. This visual prelude also includes the trial of the infamous murderers of the 1840s. As you are encircled on all sides by jury, public gallery, clerks of the court, barristers, the judge, and the accused this all goes to enhance the occasion. The terrible and final judgment will astonish most as the judge suddenly appears and makes his final summation as to what happens after execution. We promise you a most memorable encounter at the Berrima Courthouse.
Open 7 days 10.00am - 4.00pm
What remains of the past is giving the Historic Village of Berrima its future as thousands of visitors continue to discover the charm of Australia?s best-preserved colonial Georgian village. Berrima was established in the 1830s during a time of great exploration and pastoral expansion. It was a time when Australia began its march towards nationhood.
Through Berrimas busy streets and country lanes paraded a raw and riotous collection of early nineteenth century inhabitants. When visiting historic Berrima a must see on your arrival is a visit to the Berrima courthouse.
To day visit to the courthouse is much more a unique theatrical experience rather than a foreboding one. The Berrima courthouse late last year completed a mammoth project in producing and installing a spectacular Son et Lumiere (sound & light show) titled "Treachery Treason & Murder" a dramatic and moving audio visual experience masterfully depicting the most infamous trial of the 1840s.
As you walk into the main courtroom you are surrounded on all sides by juror's public gallery, witnesses, and barrister's clerks of the court. As the preamble comes to a conclusion the judge appears out of the darkened courtroom to commence his sentencing of the two murderers. His final summation and orders will chill you. All in all in its latest incarnation the Berrima courthouse still provides those that enter a glimpse into our early 1830s justice system, albeit without the risk of a lengthy sentence to prison or even a more somber outcome the death sentence. The Berrima courthouse has become one of the "must see" attractions for those that visit the southern highlands & historic Berrima.
Concession seniors $9.00
School children $6.00
High school students $9.00
Family pass two adults no limit on number of children $20.00
Join APPI for this 4 hour event, where we will take you to through this historic precinct, tell you some stories, and then we will search to see if we can make contact with any of the spirits who may still remain.
Using our technical equipment plus some spiritual methods, this is a great night out - and even better, a great weekend away!
Historical Society is open Monday & Tuesday 10am - 4pm and Saturday 10am - 1pm assisting with all historic information for the Southern Highlands.
Our society was founded in 1960 to encourage the study of Australian, local and family history and to establish a museum and a permanent archive for the preservation of the documentary and material heritage of the Southern Highlands of New South Wales.
Our collections cover the major towns of Bowral, Mittagong, Moss Vale, Robertson and Berrima and the many villages in the area including:
Avoca, Aylmerton, Balaclava, Braemar, Bundanoon, Burrawang, Colo Vale, Exeter, Glenquarry, Hilltop, Kangaloon, Penrose, Sutton Forest, Tallong, Wildes Meadow and Wingello.
For information on the monthly newsletter
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Be surprised, be amazed, be inspired when you visit this outstanding country museum.
OPEN: Wed to Sun 10am till 4pm. During NSW Public School Holidays we are open every day.
Open for Public Holidays.
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday.
CHILDREN IN A FAMILY GROUP ARE FREE
STUDENTS IN A SCHOOL GROUP $6.00
ADULT GROUPS WITH 20 OR MORE $8.00 Coaches and Groups welcome by appointment. Ph: 02 4877 1130 or email.
A historic walking guide to Berrima is proudly supported by the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society. Berrima District Museum.
Copies of the map can be purchased for a small fee from the museum or download below.
To make this walking tour around present day Berrima:
Commence at Berrima District Museum
Follow the numbers on the map.
Enhance your experience by matching the sketches and descriptions of each feature to its present form. Re-live the history in your own mind as you follow the pathways around the village.
Linger and enjoy the glimpses of a past time in Australia's history.
Discover what the German merchant seamen built along the Wingecarribee River while interned in Berrima for four years during during WW1.
Berrima is situated on the Old Hume Highway and is about 90 minutes drive from Sydney and on the way to Canberra.
The signed walk commences in the Berrima Picnic and Camping ground. Access by car is via Oxley Street, Berrima.
Length: 1.8 km allow 1 hour return.
SURFACE: Reasonably level, slight grades. Path is through bushland, is uneven and can be slippery in wet conditions.
THE WALK IS ON THE TRADITIONAL LANDS OF THE GUNDUNGURRA PEOPLE.
Your respect for this traditional land is appreciated by the aboriginal elders.
A self-guided walking tour of the historic town of Bowral in the Southern Highlands of NSW.
The walk is 3km (approx) 4.5km with the Bradman extension.
Duration: 1.5 hours (approx) 2 hours with Bradman extension.
Box Vale Walking Track follows the formation of an historic railway line and passes through cuttings, along embankments and through a tunnel 84 metres is length.
There are picnic tables located at the beginning of the track carpark.
The trackhead is located about 250 metres off the Hume Highway. The turn off is located 3.7 km west of Mittagong and 0.8 km east of the Wombeyan Caves Road.
This walk takes you on a self-guided tour of Bowral, visiting some of the historic sites associated with Sir Donald Bradman AC. The walk is 1.7km and takes about 45min.
The walk commences at the Home of Cricket, Bradman Museum and takes you on a journey through the beautiful streets of Bowral highlighting places where "The Don" lived, played and worked.
Bowral is the home of the Vietnam War Memorial and Cherry Tree Walk.
The memorial consists of a series of upright granite faced panels inscribed with the names of each Australian soldier who lost their life in the Vietnam War. The purpose of the memorial was to create an environmental memorial that expressed the nation?s respect for Vietnam Veterans and to honour their service.
The Cherry Tree Walk consists of a walking/bike track beside the Mittagong Rivulet and 526 cherry trees have been planted, dedicated to each and every soldier who died during the war. The walk is particularly attractive in spring when the cherry trees are in flower.Incorporated into the design of the Memorial has been a Monument, inscribed with the names of the Australians who gave their lives in the service of their country.
A lovely spot to picnic or stroll along the pathway for 5 km.
Eling Forest Estate and Winery is a beautiful rural setting on 180 acres of pastures, rolling hills, lake, lovely gardens and a vineyard ? plus a modern winery and cellar door ? you will have exclusive use of the function centre, with unlimited parking and no noise restrictions.
Our functions centre can be decorated in a number of styles and accommodate up to 180 seated guests with dance floor.
Our heritage-listed accommodation can cater for 22 guests. Our homestead is ideal for pre-wedding preparation, accommodation for the wedding party, family or friends.
We welcome the opportunity to plan a memorable and elegant wedding ceremony and reception for your special day; ensuring it is a relaxed yet fabulous celebration for you and your guests.
We would love to create a truly unique event for you and we would be more than happy to discuss your individual requirements, from a simple ceremony to a personally tailored exclusive weekend utilising our romantic picturesque estate.
You can visit this historic site. Located in the lower carpark at the Northern end of Highlands Market Place Big W on the Old Hume Highway in Mittagong.
The Fitz Roy Iron Works was the first iron works in Australia, which operated between 1848 to the 1890s and established the industry in this country. The enterprise struggled to be successful over the subsequent decades, but assisted in establishing the iron industry in Australia.
The exposed remains of the protected site are located in the underground car park of Highlands Marketplace, 197 Old Hume Highway, Mittagong NSW. These remains have been conserved, maintained and displayed with permanent public access provided as part of the interpretation, communication and celebration of the history of the significant place.
The NEW Historic Walk is a self guided walk focussing on the Ironworks that helped shape the town of Mittagong
1834 National Trust Colonial Georgian House with period furnishings, 2 acres of strolling gardens and a unique maze. National Trust shop, Group tours by appointment.
Every Weekend 10.30am to 4.00pm & Public Holidays. Other times are by appointment.
Joadja Creek is the historical site of the Australian Kerosene Oil and Mineral Company Ltd. Please email in regards to private tours or "tag along tours". Cost is $20 per person and includes guided tours of the ruins (90 minutes on the people mover) and guided tour of the Distillery (20-30 minute tour and includes tastings). You can also do a fully catered private tour ($39/person) and this includes BBQ lunch, morning tea on arrival and tasings at the distillery.
Once home to an expansive shale mine and township during the late 19th century. Today, you can tour the settlement and see the ruins of a long lost village with its shale retorts, miners cottages, School of Arts, refinery area and cemetery. The mining technology that remains in the valley is of national heritage significance, being the only model of its type left in the world. Joadja Creek, which cuts through the valley, is a beautiful spring-fed waterway that never runs dry. It is the life source of the diverse flora and fauna that has reclaimed this once busy industrial site.
The Pioneer Museum Park at Kangaroo Valley is an enjoyable location for family and friends to have a picnic, take a bush walk and wander through the museum.
About 1 hectare is dedicated to the Pioneer Settlement Museum, barbeque, parking and toilet facilities. The buildings are built to the standards of the late 19th and early 20th centuries and stocked with artefacts from that era.
The museum has talking history and visual displays. Visit the dairy, forge, school house, settler?s cottage, Archie Chittick Museum, war remembrance room and much more.
Another 7 hectares of natural bushland is available for bushwalking along designated tracks.
Families $20.00 2 adults 3 children
Children $5.00 under 5 are free
Groups $5.00 per person (12 or more)
A walking guide to Mittagong is proudly supported by the Berrima District Historical & Family History Society.
The name Mittagong is an Aboriginal word said to mean 'High Mountain', and in 1816 Surveyor Meehan applied it to the range that the South (Argyle) Road had to cross - and it is still known as Mittagong Range. When a new line of road to the south was being built through to Berrima in the 1830's, a rich deposit of iron ore was struck in the vicinity near where the Mittagong RSL Club stands today.
Where rail heritage comes to life.
With Australia?s largest collection of heritage rolling stock, state-of-the-art facilities, interactive exhibits and so much more, you don?t want to miss a day out at the NSW Rail Museum.
Families, enthusiasts and children of all ages will find plenty to do at the NSW Rail Museum:
* Take a ride back in time on a heritage steam or diesel locomotive every Sunday
* Explore a mail van, prison van and dining carriage
* Climb into the cab of an old steam locomotive
* See an impressive collection of locomotives, carriages and wagons in the Great Train Hall
* View behind-the-scenes maintenance and conservation of the heritage fleet in the Roundhouse
* Watch the live action of a working turntable
* Enjoy the sound and light show telling the story of locomotive 1021
* Walk the timeline of rail development from the invention of the very first steam engine to today
* Learn about some of the most interesting jobs on the railways
* Marvel at elegant engineering and craftsmanship
* Rest in our picnic and barbeque area
* Grab a bite to eat in the caf
* Browse through a range of souvenirs and merchandise in the shop
Visit www.nswrailmuseum.com.au to view the events schedule, learn more about school and group bookings, and purchase tickets.
James Fairfax AC has always believed that Retford Park should be preserved for the enjoyment and benefit of future generations, particularly those of the local district. On 19th April 2016 and in fulfilment of his ambition, Mr. Fairfax gifted his historic Retford Park home to the National Trust of Australia (NSW). It was in August 2017 that the National Trust officially took control of the property.
Retford Park is a place of great heritage significance. Its European history extends back to grants of land promised to Edward Riley senior by Governor Macquarie in 1821.
The house was built in 1887 by Samuel Hordern (1849-1909) merchant and stockbreeder, and his wife Jane nee Booth. The house at Retford Park (designed by Albert Bond) is set on a low rise, a grand rendered brick Italianate style residence. It was in 1964 that James Fairfax bought the property and started to turn it from an agricultural property to a gentleman's residence.
Having been in the caring hands of Mr Fairfax for over 50 years, the garden is a delight to wonder through. As you venture up the driveway the grand Victorian Italianate homestead appears from a towering arboretum of a magnificent collection of evergreen and deciduous trees, some very rare and unique.
Surrounding the eastern side of the homestead is a patchwork of hedged gardens showcasing everything from a detailed knot garden, exquisite swimming pool and pavilion, sculptures demanding centre stage and even a friendly family of five emus.
Note: The gardens of Retford Park are managed sustainably. Herbicides and other chemicals have been phased out.
From March 2018, the gardens will be open to the public on the first weekend of each month (except January). Although food and refreshments will be available when the garden is open for public inspection, you are more than welcome to bring a picnic as there are many idyllic spots to claim for a lazy lunchtime.
Open Garden entry fees:
Adults - $15
Concession - $10
Children - $5
Family (2a, 2c) $35
National Trust members - Free
Let us take you down memory lane.
The Vintage Toy Box specialises in fun & funky vintage and retro inspired toys, games and gifts for children (and big kids!) of all ages from both our boutique toy shop in the heart of the Southern Highlands and from our on-line toy store (where we're open 24-7).
Step back in time with our timeless toys.
Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11am to 3pm