One Day Itinerary – Berrima
If you’re looking for something different to fill up your day, take the kids to Berrima in the Southern Highlands! Its a lovely drive and there is so much to do, as we recently discovered…
Kids just love a good challenge, and you’ll find it in an unlikely place at Harper’s Mansion. This circa 1835 house is set on two acres of garden, and within that garden you’ll find a traditional hedge maze! The aim of the maze is to reach the centre where 2 resting benches await, but of course this maze is so much more for kids – we found the centre very quickly but then the challenge became to find our way out again! Kids of all ages absolutely love exploring the different paths and revel in leading the way around the maze. There are even 2 entrances so you can take a differnt route each time. We found one trip through the maze was not enough, so we recommend comfortable shoes as the kids will definitely want to stay a while! Once you are all mazed out you can explore the rest of the gardens. There are several little walking tracks and lots of lovely plants and flowers to see. A picnic on the lawn is a nice idea because you will certainly need some rest after your a-maze-ing journey!
If you have older kids, you could allow them to explore the maze while you discover the mansion itself. The house is an example of a colonial Georgian residence and is furnished in period style. The house was built by James and Mary Harper just after Berrima was gazetted in 1831, and is located right off the main street of the township.
Getting there: Harper’s Mansion is located at 9 Wilkinson Street, Berrima. It is open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays plus public holidays, from 10.30am to 4pm. Entry at other times for tour groups by appointment only. The grounds are managed by The National Trust. Entry to the house, maze and gardens is $8 per person for adults, or $7 for seniors and unaccompanied children. Children accompanied by an adult and under the age of 18 are free. Admission to the garden and maze only is $5 for adults with accompanied kids under 18 free. Entry is free for National Trust members.
The Lolly Swagman
There are many quaint shops and cafes along the main street of Berrima, however no trip is complete without a visit to the Lolly Swagman. As the name suggests, this is a little shop just bursting with sweet treats. Think traditional boiled lollies and unique sweets you won’t find easily elsewhere. The staff here are lovely and the shop itself is a visual feast – so much colour! Perhaps it’s an idea to set the ground rules before you go in, otherwise the kids will want to grab one of everything! There is even a fun photo opportunity outside the shop to capture your time in Berrima.
If sweets aren’t your thing, you’ll be happy to know you can easily divert the kid’s attention in the other direction, because the shop itself is located down some stairs off the main pathway.
Getting there: The Lolly Swagman is located on the main street (but down the stairs) on the Old Hume Highway Berrima. If you park and walk along the street you will easily find the store nestled among the other shops. It is open from 9.30am to 5pm 7 days.
Berrima Marketplace Park
If the kids have excess energy to burn after the Lolly Swagman, then Marketplace Park is the place to be! This park has lots of open space and shady trees, plus barbeques and picnic tables. There is a fantastic castle-style play area with some great challenges for little kids, and a flying fox/zipline, swings and other bits and pieces that will certianly help in your quest for energy burning. The playground is well spaced out and suitable for all ages from toddlers up. There is plenty of car parking space right around the park, or you could walk from your car near the shops.
Getting there: This park is also located on the main street (Old Hume Highway) of Berrima. Head south from the shops and you will soon see it!
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