12 Really great things to do in Berry

12 Really great things to do in Berry

Are you planning a berry exciting trip to beautiful Berry? Yep, that’s right, you can prepare yourself for a whole lot of terrible puns, because this blog post is all about BERRY! I hadn’t heard of Berry until I started planning a trip down there, to do a stay with Anthony and Louise at Mt Hay Retreat. Once I arrived, I realised it’s a strong contender for my favourite little Aussie town. I just fell in love with the place and can very much see myself settling down on a farm there with a lot of rescue animals and some good quality wi-fi.

Berry is a place you’ll find to be warm and welcoming as well as incredibly beautiful. You’re treated to a country town with a chic city edge, mountains and a short drive to the ocean as well as loads of great food, drink and entertainment to be had. If you’re looking for a fantastic weekend escape close to Sydney, look no further than Berry. Even if you aren’t from Sydney, I’d highly recommend putting Berry on your travel bucket list and making a trip to this gorgeous spot when you get the chance. I cannot wait to go back myself.

1. Eat breakfast at The Burrows of Berry

Once upon a time, I had the best waffles I’ve ever eaten and that time was when I visited The Burrows of Berry. Oh my god, words cannot describe how insanely good these waffles were. Home-made, crispy on the outside and deliciously soft on the inside, golden and toasty, topped with maple ricotta and berry coulis. Not only that, but they serve up fantastic coffee. Matt even went so far as to say his breakfast was the best he’s ever had! If you find yourself in Berry, do not miss out on having a meal here. So good. Find The Burrows of Berry here. 

2. Visit Shoalhaven Heads

It will only take you 15 minutes to drive from the heart of Berry, surrounded by its glamorous mountains, to Shoalhaven Heads. We found this stunning beach to be pretty much empty, apart from us. It’s a great spot to fool around on the sand dunes, walk along with your feet in the water or just sit, soak in the sun and have a dip if the weather is warm. Even if it’s a cold day, as long as the sun is out, it’s beautiful and worth the trip. Find Shoalhaven Heads here. 

12 Really great things to do in Berry

At Shoalhaven Heads, rugged up in my Mountain Designs Coat 🙂

3. Meet alpacas and taste fantastic wine at Silos Estate

We were lucky enough to visit Silos Estate and meet owner, Raj, who showed us around the stunning property. We met and fed the alpacas, caught a glimpse of one of the most incredible sunsets I’ve ever seen and taste the award-winning Silos Estate and Wileys Creek wines. We had an amazing time and as we left, Raj asked me to write about the thing he is most passionate about, social change. Raj and his family work tirelessly to support the community with their multiple charity efforts and carbon-neutral approach to their business. I cannot recommend a visit to Silos Estate highly enough, it was a trip highlight for me. Find Silos Estate here. 

4. Have dinner at Mezzadella’s

For the Berry best pizza in town, head directly to Mezzadella’s. This fantastic local spot is low-key and relaxed, but serves up seriously amazing wood-fired pizzas, pasta and tapas. We sunk down a few cold beers after a big day, followed by a delicious garlic pizza bread then pizzas and pasta all round, finished off with dessert. The food was freaking delicious, bursting with really fresh ingredients and we ate every last bite. 10/10! Find Mezzadella’s here. 

5. Try German wines with Leigh, from Decante This

While we were in town, Leigh Dryden of Decante This was in town hosting a wine tasting. Not just any wine tasting, Leigh shared his passion for brilliant German wines with us. I’d never thought to get into German wines, turns out, they’re incredible. We spent the night soaking in Leigh’s knowledge, fantastic wines and matching cheeses, made especially by Kirsten at The Schoolhouse in Gerringong. It was an awesome night, we met some fantastic locals too. Find out more about Leigh and Decante This here. 

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6. Get a fabulous coffee from Nourish Kitchen

Our tasting with Leigh was hosted at local spot, Nourish Kitchen + Lifestyle, by owner Michelle, who coordinates local events like the wine tasting as well as serving up killer coffee through Berry’s only coffee hutch! Not only can you get a great cappuccino from Michele, you can also peruse her gorgeous little shop, bursting with inspiring goodies for the home and some very delicious treats too. If you can get along to one of the event nights here, I recommend it, it’s a great way to meet locals and have a fun night out. Find Nourish Kitchen + Lifestyle here. 

7. Have breakfast at Sourdough

Another Berry brilliant spot for breakfast, be sure to visit Berry Sourdough Cafe. Now, I’m not going to lie, I did find the clientele to be a bit snooty, but the coffee and food were so amazing that it really doesn’t matter. If you’re just a regular gal like me, you’ll probably feel a bit odd in your regular gal clothes, while all the glamorous people around you sip their lattes pointedly. Block it out and focus on the fabulous plate of food in front of you and the awesome service from the staff. We had a coffee go missing and when we told them they were right onto it, apologised and got it out in a few minutes. Seriously, so good! Find Berry Sourdough Cafe here. 

12 Really great things to do in Berry

Dippy eggs and sourdough soldiers, slathered in butter, from Berry Sourdough Cafe

8. Take a road trip down to Jervis Bay

If you have a day to spare I highly recommend you jump in the car and take a road-trip out to Jervis Bay. It is one of the most beautiful beaches I have ever had the pleasure of visiting. The drive, from Berry, should take you around an hour or so and it is 100% worth it. I have a whole blog post about this beautiful part of the world, so be sure to read that here to find out everything you need to know about visiting Jervis Bay.

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Chinamans Beach, Jervis Bay

9. Stroll through town and peruse the shops

After you’ve had a great breakfast or lunch, I recommend spending an hour or two strolling through the shops on the main street and tucked around corners. There are some really lovely little boutiques in the area, selling hand-made items, arts and crafts, clothing and beauty products as well as homewares and the like. It’s just a nice place to plod along, dipping in and out of stores, enjoying the sunshine.

10. Watch a sunrise and sunset

I was lucky enough to catch a sunset at Silos Estate and a sunrise at Mt Hay Retreat. The sunset at Silos was, honestly, one of the most beautiful I have ever seen. I asked the owner, Raj if they are always like that and he said yes. So, with that in mind, I highly recommend you catch a Berry sunset and sunrise. It’s beautiful to watch the area come alive with morning’s first light and then watch the sky turn brilliant shades of orange and pink as the sun sets.

My unforgettable escape to Mt Hay Retreat

The incredible view from Mt Hay Retreat

11. Eat at Figbird Cafe and Deli

We had an incredibly yummy lunch and coffees at Figbird Cafe and Deli. The space here is gorgeous, it’s lovely and open, really warm and welcoming and serves up very delicious food and drinks. They serve up great lunch options, like a triple-smoked ham and cheese toasty as well as zucchini and sweet corn fritters that are, honestly, so good. I loved the inviting, cosy space and how immediately comfortable I felt once I arrived. I also loved the look of EVERYTHING in the cake cabinet. A must try! Find Figbird Cafe and Deli here. 

12. Have a no-fuss picnic

While we were staying at Mt Hay Retreat, we were lucky enough to be treated to a fabulous picnic, prepared by Creative Catering. Because we were staying at Mt Hay Retreat we were able to grab our goodies and head up to their very quiet top paddock and sprawl out in the sunshine. However, if you’re staying elsewhere, I’d still recommending organising your own fantastic picnic with Creative Catering, complete with fresh fruit and veggies, biscuits and dips, olives and meats, then taking it to a really lovely spot with great views. A no fuss, fantastic picnic and a great way to spend a few hours in Berry. Find Creative Catering here. 

My unforgettable escape to Mt Hay Retreat

Enjoying a picnic and platter by Creative Catering

Bonus tip!

Did you know there’s an amazing place in Berry called ‘The Famous Berry Donut Van’. Ahhhh yes, it’s a real thing and it’s some kind of wonderful. You guys, they have been serving up top-notch cinnamon donuts for 55 years and they’re everything your Homer Simpson dreams are made of. Don’t miss out! Find the Famous Berry Donut Van here. 

12 Really great things to do in Berry

Where to stay in Berry

Okay, so you know all the best things to see, do and eat in Berry, now it’s time for my recommendation on the very best place to stay. I’m 100% totally biased because I got to stay with Anthony and Louise, their dog Teal and their chickens, goats and cows at Mt Hay Retreat. It was a fantastic stay, made so enjoyable by the luxury accommodation, incredible views, awesome hospitality and great location of the retreat.

My unforgettable escape to Mt Hay Retreat

Swinging my worries away at Mt Hay Retreat

If you’re looking for a really gorgeous place to stay that makes you feel relaxed and really welcome, Mt Hay Retreat is your jam. I wrote a whole blog post about it, which you should definitely read, here.  If you do go and stay there, I don’t want to hear about it, because I’ll be very jealous of you.

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Phoebe Lee Profile ImagePhoebe Lee is a travel writer and award-winning blogger with a love for storytelling. Phoebe creates practical, fun and engaging written content designed to inspire and energise travel-lovers and dreamers. Follow her and Matt’s adventures at home and around the world, right here on Little Grey Box and through InstagramFacebook and YouTube.

 

 

 

3 Comments on 12 Really great things to do in Berry

  1. Love this post Phoebe! And such an awesome video! Well done guys. I live not far from Berry and this area is home to me. I live the next beach down from Shoalhaven Heads! Ha. Love to see when bloggers I know come to our little corner of Aus and discover the magic that’s happening here!! I’ve also stayed at Mt Hay Retreat, it’s just beautiful! The picnic looks awesome! Glad to see you had a great time x

    Kristie
    http://youtheworldwandering.com

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  2. Those alpacas though! ❤

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  3. Berry great post, Phoebe (she types while adding Berry to her bucket list).

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