With Christmas upon us and many of you scurrying along the Hume Highway to catch up with (or escape from) family and friends, why not take a few minutes extra to detour via the historic township of Berrima for truly award winning pies and cakes? It could be just the thing to make your journey truly memorable – or bearable!
The Gumnut Patisserie is something of an institution in the Southern Highlands – and an award winning one at that. Founded by Tracy and Vicki Nickl some 17 years ago, the business now has outlets in Bowral and Mittagong in addition to its Berrima cafe. Known locally as “the Gumnut”, it regularly takes out top awards, including 46 at this year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show. In fact its Lamb and Rosemary Pie, with sweet potato mash on top, is a (deserving) Grand Champion!
Be warned though: The best pies disappear early in the day...
Pies, pasties and sausage rolls aside, the Gumnut produces a wide range of exquisite cakes of all shapes and sizes, plus great coffee. For Southern Highlands’ locals like myself the Gumnut is an irresistible attraction when driving through Berrima; especially if the weather is chilly. So quite often, really.
The Gumnut’s Berrima shop is right next to the old Post Office, but its on the apex of a difficult corner of the Old Hume highway and thus has no parking at the door. On a good day – so not weekends – you can easily park within 100 metres, with Jellore St (beside the park) the best bet for a motorhome. Just around the corner from the Gumnut is the beautiful old Survey General Inn, which claims to be Australia’s oldest continuously licensed Inn and is a great place for an after-lunch ‘refreshment’.
Stay a While
Being only 90 minutes from many parts of Sydney and only about 2 hours from Canberra, Berrima makes a handy overnight stop for travellers in both directions, with several free camping locations close by.
The Berrima Reserve, on the banks of the river at the bottom of Oxley Street, is about 10-15 mins walk from the Gumnut or Surveyor General Inn. It has four sites and basic (read: cold showers) facilities, and costs $15 for an overnight stay (max 2 nights). Call 1300 125 944 to book ahead or upon arrival, to avoid possible bother.
Unofficially, but often home to an RV or two overnight, is a free camping area opposite the beautiful, historic St Paul’s Catholic Church, at the corner of the Old Hume Highway and Oldbury Street. Closer to Mittagong there is also a popular free camping area, again on the Old Hume Highway, where the Wombeyan Caves Road turns off. And if you’re really in a hurry, the Gordon VC (northbound) and Mackay VC (southbound) rest areas on the freeway itself also feature in the Camps directory, just south of Berrima.
So for pies, cakes, a Christmas drink and maybe a quick overnight stay, be sure to work a detour through Berrima into your Festive Season plans. Enjoy!.
Shop 1, Post Office Corner Old Hume Highway, Berrima.
T: (02) 4877 2177
Find it HERE on Google Maps
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