A relaxed, family-friendly suburb, Berwick is full of gardens, arboretums and kid-friendly theme parks. An interesting mix of old and new can be seen in the wide, oak-lined streets as attractive Victorian buildings are interspersed with gleaming modern shopping malls and vibrant markets.
Things to do in Berwick
One of Berwick’s most popular attractions is Wilson Botanic Park, with 38 hectares of lovely gardens and scenic trails. Feed the ducks on one of the lakes, smell the blooms in the rose garden or rent a bike and cycle along the Hallam Bypass Trail.
If you’re looking for something more physically challenging, head to Berwick Clip ‘n Climb. More than just indoor climbing, it has a multi-level obstacle course, a vertical drop slide, a small zipline and a cafe where you can enjoy a well-earned rest.
If you enjoy a bit of bargain hunting, time your visit for the Akoonah Park Market, which is held in Berwick every Sunday and features stallholders selling clothes, crafts and bric-a-brac. The monthly Casey Farmers’ Market offers a mouth-watering array of fresh produce that comes directly from local farmers.
Looking for a local dining experience? Head to the cosy Berwick Inn, the first pub built in the town in 1857, or visit the trendy 81 Restaurant, which has live music and wine-tasting events.
Getting around Berwick
Accessing Berwick is easy, thanks to Melbourne’s modern transport network. The Pakenham metro line stops at Berwick station and there are several bus lines from the CBD. Regular buses run within the suburb and there are many well-maintained cycle paths.