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Berry Showgrounds - Olde Worlde Charm at Budget Prices - Top Value!
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This would have to be one of the best examples of a great showground in New South Wales. Lots of modern power poles, excellent locked amenities, good showers with doors, superb well maintained lawns, top maintenance, a dozen or so historic buildings on site, excellent shade if needed, very close to town, quiet at night, just enough good lighting at night without being intrusive and a very friendly caretaker - John. And best of all is the price - an excellent $6.00 per person per night on a powered site. The grounds aren't open to casual visitors at present - only clubs, however many caravanners do "drop in". This is a bit of a shame as if they popped in an Honesty Box they would certainly make more money for very little extra effort.


 
 

Hughie the Show Society Secretary pops in to say goodday soon after arrival. He also gives you the rundown on planned improvements like a dump point and more water taps and sullage points. Honestly, they really don't need to do anything, as it's all motorhomers really need, and the price is just perfection.


 
 
 

The amenities are well above your average showground as can be seen in the photos. Yes the showers have doors too! The facilities are kept locked so there is zero vandalism. Lots of hot water and there are mirrors.


 
 
 

If you are into old buildings then this place is paradise as they are scattered all over the extensive grounds. A bit like Tassie and its convict buildings. The main hall is a spectacular building. For Chapter weekends the area under the grandstand is put to good use.


 
 
 

Parking is on the thick grass and the group shown above is the Sydney Wanderers. If you are into swimming there is a great pool adjacent. It even has a disabled lowering device. It's open every day in the season but its not heated.


 
 
 

Very pet friendly as long as you use a leash. The grounds are used for training horses. The gadget shown above automatically "walks" horses! One tiny drawback is they do start training at sunrise and sometimes a little before.


 
 
 

The railway station is immediately behind the showgrounds and is well serviced. The trains DON'Trun all night. Some RV'ers catch the train up to Sydney for the day and leave their vehicle at the showgrounds. A great idea.


 
 

The village of Berry is only a 2 minute easy walk away and mostly under shady trees. Craft is everywhere in Berry and it even has 3 bakeries! It has retained that lovely olde worlde charm with superb restorations and simply zero vandalism.


 
 

Lots of open air cafes. The old Post Office shown below is a B&B and a top restaurant as well. Berry is very leafy and has lovely autumn colours. Berry is very flat so those into walking and bike riding will really enjoy their stay.


 
 

The Great Southern Hotel is a fantastic concept and a great thing to photograph. You have a choice of two pubs! We loved the walls of old hub caps on the motel wall!


 
 

The boats on the roof give you a bit of a shock as you drive by. Lovely open air verandahs run along two sides. If you have a mobility problem (toooooo much to drink!) their courtesy bus will drive you back to the showgrounds for free.


 
 

More of the Great Southern! It truly is the central landmark in Berry. Dare we say it, but in our humble opinion it's better than the Ettamogah Pub! Try to time your visit with a market weekend. The markets are HUGE and are held on the opposite side to the campsite. A great spot to top up your fruit and vegies! The markets are mainly high quality craft.


 
 

The Treat Factory actually makes lollies! The photo below is of a typical Berry residence. One building not to be missed is the old Courthouse - just opposite the showgrounds. A good night out can be had at the Berry Bowling Club. About a 10 minute walk though! You can get fish and chips plus all the salad you can eat for just $11.00. Service can be a little on the slow side if you arrive as a large group.


 
 

you just can't go wrong staying at the Berry Showgrounds. A restful nights sleep is assured, good drinking water, CDMA and GSM work fine, good TV reception, very level parking, lush grass, shade if you need it, and it's usually filled with happy friendly campers!

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Absolutely recommended

 

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