Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Upcoming Australia Day in Berrima

Each year on the 26th January the town of Berrima holds a big Australia Day celebration. It is a fantastic day in town, great for the family. There are events throughout the day including a market in the park, official ceremony, parade through town, music in the park and a jumping castle and farmyard nursery to keep the kids happy. While in town why not also check out the Berrima District Museum, the Courthouse Museum or Harpers Mansion - these museums and historic house give you a taste of the history of Berrima and are very enjoyable to visit, Harpers mansion even has a small maze (great for the kids). All the shops are open throughout the town - a great opportunity to check out the new Berrima Cottage Nursery. and I know that the Gumnut Patisserie has a special creation (3 of them and they are YUMMY) for Australia Day! Berrima Patchwork will be open from 10am till 4pm so make sure you come by.

Below is a program of events for the day and the times.
More than 50 stalls open for business on the Market Place lawn.
Official ceremony at the Berrima Historic Court House directed by master of ceremonies Wingecarribee Councillor Graham McLaughlin.
Kids Corner entertainment with the farmyard nursery and jumping castle open throughout the day.
Harlequin Bush Band takes to the stage until 1pm.
Morning tea is available on the lawn at Berrima Historic Court House.

12 noon
The Grand Parade starts from Berrima Public School, winding down the Old Hume Highway to finish in Jellore Street.
Corrective Services Band takes to the stage until closing time.
All Day
Carriage rides, face painting, vintage cars, police displays, steam engine displays and stagecoach rides.
Berrima District Museum: 10am-4pm.
Berrima District Museum opens from 10am exhibiting a range of displays including ‘Early Industries’ and an exhibit of toys pre1960 titled ‘Childhood Treasures’. Entry is $5 for adults and children are free.

There is a road closure of the Old Hume Highway through the town of Berrima (between Oxley St and Oldbury Rd) prior to the Parade from 11:45am and then it re-opens just after the Parade has been through, so if you plan on coming by car make sure you are there no latter than 11:30! If you are coming by public transport there are free bus in the morning leaving from Mittagong Station at 8.30am, Bowral Station at 8.45am and Moss Vale Station at 9.00am and then there is a return bus at 3:00pm from Berrima. 

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