Berambing, New South Wales
New South Wales
|Population||28 (2011 census)|
|Elevation||780 m (2,559 ft)|
|Location||100 km (62 mi) NW of Sydney central business district|
|LGA(s)||City of Hawkesbury,
City of Blue Mountains
Berambing is a small village in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales, Australia. The village sits on the Bells Line of Road, between Windsor and Lithgow, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) west of Bilpin. It is situated across both the City of Hawkesbury and City of Blue Mountains local government areas. The settlement had a population of 28 people at the 2011 census.
It is known for its lush apple, nuts and stone fruit orchards. The peace and natural beauty of the area attract many visitors to stay at the many local holiday/rest retreats and bed & breakfast establishments. It is in close proximity to the Mount Tomah Botanic Garden and the Wollemi and Blue Mountains national parks.
The area was first visited by Europeans in November 1804 when George Caley, the explorer and botanist, camped nearby during his unsuccessful attempt to cross the Blue Mountains. The area has had European settlement since at least 1832 when the property 'Bulgamatta' was established; now the location of the Chapel Hill Retreat.
During the mid-nineteenth century Bells Line of Road was a busy thoroughfare for herds of sheep and cattle being driven to the Sydney markets. The following description of Berambing, by an anonymous correspondent, was published in January 1861:
Berambing is between two and three miles from the summit of Mount Tomah, which is concealed by the intervening forest; but its elevation is considerable, and the climate is cool, bracing, and agreeable, and to those who can really appreciate nature there is a rich fund of enjoyment, and a field of research rendered doubly interesting from having been the scene of some of Allan Cunningham's botanical wanderings... Immediately bordering on Berambing the forest consists of peppermint, stringybark, grey gum, and mahogany. Recent rains had rendered the road muddy, and rather impeded our progress.
Well known children's author, Hesba Fay Brinsmead, was born in Berambing in 1922 and her upbringing in the area inspired much of the background for her books. Her popular "Longtime" trilogy was set in the area and based on her experiences as a child/teeneager.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Berambing (SSC) (State Suburb/Centre)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 25 June 2013.
- L.A., ‘A Voice from the Country: Mount Tomah’, Sydney Morning Herald, 28 January 1861, page 2.
- "Hesba May Brismead". Monash Biographical Dictionary of 20th Century Australians. Reed Reference Publishing. 1994.
- Bells Line of Road Webpage
- Hawkesbury Electoral District Webpage
- Account of George Caley's attempted crossing of the Blue Mountains
- Frog & Toad website
- Chapel Hill Retreat website
- Brides Diary Website - Chapel Hill Retreat