Worth a Trip: Berrima

Just over 7km west of Bowral is heritage-classified Berrima, founded in 1829. Today it's like a living museum, featuring galleries, antique shops, and good food and wine. It's extremely popular with Sydney day-trippers at weekends and during public holidays.

Around 3km north of Berrima, Berkelouw's Book Barn & Café stocks more than 200,000 secondhand tomes, and also has an excellent selection of new Australia-themed books. The attached Bendooley Bar & Grill showcases local produce. Try the linguine and blue swimmer crab with Bendooley Estate's own sauvignon blanc or with a local Southern Highlands craft beer. There's also stylish vineyard cottage accommodation here.

If you have some cash to splash and fancy yourself a foodie, a degustation at Eschalot would round out a perfect day.