Australia Day in Berrima

The Grand parade always pulls crowds on Australia Day in Berrima.  
	Photo: SHN
The Grand parade always pulls crowds on Australia Day in Berrima. Photo: SHN

THE Australia day Celebrations in historic Berrima over the last 20 years have grown to be one of the Southern Highlands premier tourist events.

Visitor numbers are in the thousands every year and on the increase.

Organiser Colin Gelling said this is probably due to the location.

"No other village in the Highlands can claim to have a more historic and picturesque backdrop in which to celebrate this day in our nations calendar of public holidays," he said.

With more than 60 market stalls, local and interstate entertainment for all the family, grand parades, vintage cars, fire engine displays, fresh produce markets, and face painting there is something for every one.

"This year the variety and quality of the stalls is the best I have booked for many years," Mr Gelling said.

"There are amazing bargains, especially in spices and speciality clothing, have not been seen here before.

"The atmosphere is one of a real Aussie family day out with a bit of patriotism and pride in our country thrown in for good measure," he said.

The official part of the day starts at the Historic Berrima Court House Museum at 9.30 am where young citizen and citizen of the year awards are given by the mayor of the shire.

This is followed by an address by the Australia Day ambassador John Waters, and presentation of the Allan Terrell citizenship award to a Berrima Public School student.

Mr Gelling said that mums and dads shouldn't forget to visit Kids Corner on the corner of the Old Hume Hwy and Jellore St.

"Jeff Patterson amusements will have his jumping castles and other fun rides. Another great favourite in kid's corner is farmyard nursery where children can actually go into the compound pat the animals and get photos taken by mum or dad or even the grandparents," he said.

Kid's corner also has swings, slippery dips and shade and is also the area that displays some of the best vintage cars in the Highlands, along with vintage steam engine displays and the tractor museum.

The grand parade on Australia Day 2016 of course is open to all who wish to enter, however individuals or organisations must register. From a float to a billy cart all are welcome.

For details contact Colin Gelling at the Berrima courthouse on 4877 1505.