To say I needed to get out of the city was an understatement – the daily grind of living in the big smoke sometimes gets too much for this country-raised lass so I took the family to Berry on the beautiful south coast of NSW and found plenty to do and see. Come see what we discovered on our all-too-short weekend.
I wanted green rolling hills and boy did I get my wish! Staying at The Drawing Rooms of Berry was a masterstroke; high up on Woodhill Mountain, a short 7km drive from the township of Berry, with loads of free play space for my seven and four-year-old boys to roam, it was truly a home away from home.
We stayed in a lovely duck egg blue two-bedroom cottage with gorgeous views. This is higher-end accommodation that welcomes children and I loved the complete lack of play equipment and toys because my boys roamed around in their wellies, playing in mud, galivanting through the rocks, grass and trees and doing what kids are supposed to do in nature’s playground.
Then it was time to explore Berry and go for a drive to neighbouring Kangaroo Valley – both exceptionally charming towns to walk around and discover. Below you can see an example of the lovely shopping in Berry. There are beautiful boutiques, a sewing, quilting and homewares shop, lolly stores and cafes. We were in heaven!
Our focus wasn’t shopping, however, so we made a beeline for the town’s delightful museum, where there is a section especially for little fingers and the signs actually said Hands on for children! My boys stayed there playing with the old typewriters and the magnificent switchboard for a good forty-five minutes while I chatted with the volunteers and looked around the beautifully-preserved heritage-listed building, which was a bank in a former life.
The locals we spoke to kept mentioning the Berry Sourdough Cafe so we decided to hunt it down for lunch. The welcoming atmosphere was apparent the second we walked in; greeted by a smiling waitress, the place was packed but they managed to fit us in. I’m not a fan of children’s menus, but it was clear that this cafe offered much better fare than the usual high-fat, low nutrient offerings at many eating places. The boys had expertly-cooked spaghetti bolognaise, which they hoovered up quite quickly! Below is my meal and the delectable bakery counter where they sell bread and pastries.
Stay tuned for Part Two as we head over to the gorgeous Kangaroo Valley!