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“Great day trip to Southern Highlands country and colonial history”
Review of Berrima Courthouse

Berrima Courthouse
Ranked #5 of 17 things to do in Berrima
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

The drive from Sydney to Berrima and its close by sister towns of Bowra, Mossvale and Mittagong is one of the easiest and most enjoyable day trips from Sydney on pefect highways through beautiful countryside.

Berrima is the smallest of the 4 twons and by far the most intact colonial town. The main street is dominated by its 1850s cottages, shops and taverns, all beside the imposing sandstone walls of the early colonial era Berrima Gaol, that has now been closed.

The Berrima Court house has been reborn as an historic tourist education centre that tells the story of Berrima through its colonial hey days as a regional centre, the gaol and its decline as Goulburn developed as the regional centre and Berrima faded.

Seeing the "sound and lights" presentation sign, I thought the worst of a tacky or amateur show, but the reality was that the court house has been wonderfully restored, showing off its architecture, wonderful and informative static photo displays and graphic time line displays prepared intelligently and professionally. The court room is as it was in the 1840s, brought to life with almost "Madame Tousard" quality mannequins allowing adults and kids to get a sense of the people, court room operation and the re-enactment using lights and projected images and commentary by a professional actor, of the court room proceedings and a famous murder trial that took place there.

Superbly clean and very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers to guide you. The small entry fee was well worth it and contributes to the facility's upkeep.

Well worth a visit to appreciate and enjoy this wondeerful little Australian Colonial Town.

Thank Neil M
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Reviewed February 22, 2013

Soo much history and alot of bric a bracs to purchase. Things you don't get in Sydney. Very good prices too. Picnic in the park by the museum. Visit all the antique shops.

Thank soltrav
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Reviewed December 19, 2012

Nice ambience, beautiful architecture. We would go there again. It has a great sense of history. The shop attached to it has some great items for sale. unique.

Thank Mitch S
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Reviewed December 4, 2012

I had not been to berrima court house since las year ,in that time i found a big diffference .From the minute you walk in the door you are greated by the vlunteer who give's of her free time to introduce you to the court house .I have been to the uk in this last month i know our history is not as long as uk 'but the what information they tell in the courthouse was great .The video was very informative ,as you go along to the court house the volunteer's have put alot of work in since last year with the history and what happened each yr from the starting of Sydney and Berrima . Onto the court house i did gigle about the dummie's but so what my imagination went back to that time with the laser light's and recording ,honestly i would 'nt have liked to live in them time's .On the funny side the 3rd man from the judge was looking quite sick . Outside in the fresh air you can wander around the wee shop's which are quite up market these day's
Plenty place's to eat and buy jam's pickles the usual thing .there is also a lovely xmas shop as they say shop now in berrima to buy your xmas present's

Thank Alicia L
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Reviewed November 28, 2012

I know, I know. It's a historic court house, what did I expect ?
I expected a dodgy video presentation, check. Only 15 so survivable.
I expected a lot of old photos, check.
I expected a lot of information on the local history, check.
I expected it to be staffed by volunteers who thinks their history is the most exciting topic, they just won't shut up about it, check - got that in droves.
What I did not expect, was the actual court room would be full of crappy, dressed up dummies with an overreacted audio track with everyone yelling at each other and the volume of the audio track ! Wow, we could not stay in the court room at all with that thing on. It sucked.
And if you go to see a historic court house, the court room is kinda the key room !
Save your cash, go across the old highway and buy an ice cream.

2  Thank DaveField
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