Berry prepared to welcome everyone. (Supplied)
Berry prepared to welcome everyone. (Supplied)
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Sydney’s Mardi Gras may have just concluded, but the NSW country town of Berry, the enchanting town on the NSW South Coast, is determined to carry the celebratory vibes into March.

The Berry Chamber of Commerce has unveiled the “Everyone’s Welcome” campaign, encouraging everyone to savour the lasting warmth and inclusivity that defines the town.

Nestled among rolling green hills and historic buildings, Berry embodies the essence of a historic country town with a modern twist. Just a two-hour drive from Sydney’s CBD and 2.5 hours from Canberra, the town stands as an ideal post-Mardi Gras retreat for those seeking a tranquil country holiday.


Throughout March, Berry will be adorned with rainbow decorations, symbolising the town’s enduring support for the freedom to choose. Local businesses will sustain the festive spirit with Mardi Gras-themed events, products, and special offers, creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone to revel in love.

The Berry Pride Bull (Supplied)
The Berry Pride Bull (Supplied)

Local residents Troy and Cam have been together for 22 years, married in 2018, and have two beautiful children. They are owners of local businesses Berry Chocolatier and Foodscape Tours.

Troy expressed his enduring pride in the town’s celebration of diversity, extending a heartfelt welcome to the LGBTQIA+ community and ensuring delightful experiences for all.

“Having worked and lived in Berry for over nine years, it’s heartening to witness the town celebrate our community and our love,” Troy said.

“The sight of rainbows everywhere fills me with pride, and the shared sentiment that everyone is welcome mirrors my own experience. With a rich and enduring queer history, Berry fosters a supportive LGBTQI community—embracing couples, singles, families—all genuinely kind.

“The town truly radiates a warm and inclusive atmosphere.”

Kate Dezarnaulds, President of the Berry Chamber of Commerce said Berry has an amazing charm that has seen it win Small Tourism Town awards due to its commitment to delivering exceptional visitor experiences.

“Berry serves as the perfect retreat after the lively Mardi Gras festivities, Dezarnaulds said.

“We’re excited to open our arms to everyone, maintaining our commitment to celebrating diversity. Acknowledging that 11% of Australians identify as LGBTQIA+, our focus on creating an inclusive environment remains a top priority for our town.

“The unique vibrancy brought by LGBTQIA+ visitors contributes positively to both our community and local businesses.”

The Pride Streets of Berry (Supplied)
The Pride Streets of Berry (Supplied)


Continuing the celebration, Berry presents the “Free 2 Choose” competition, offering a chance for a fortunate couple to win a free night’s stay at The Berry View, coupled with two experiences valued at $300 each. The love-and-luxury-themed experiences includes ring-making workshops, pottery lessons, shopping, beauty treatments, winery tours, chocolate making, and more.

  • Make your own rings at a ring-making workshop at Co.LAB in conjunction with Appleye
  • Star in your own Patrick Swayze or Demi Moore moment at a couple’s pottery lesson with David Collins Pottery
  • Shop like royalty on Queen Street
  • Get a glow-up at Assembled Barber Shop & Beauty Studio
  • Tour our award-winning local wineries with Foodscape Tours
  • Learn about the art of chocolate making, sample handmade chocolates and take home a range of treats from Berry Chocolatier
  • Sort your Brokeback attire at The Berry Barn
  • Enjoy a romantic dinner for 2 at Il Locale

Entries close at 10 am on Monday, March 25, 2024, with the winner announced at 12 pm on the same day. Winners will receive notification via email.

To enter go here, for more information about Berry go here.

Last Updated on Mar 11, 2024

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