Goulburn Area

Highlights

Enjoy self-guided walking and cycling tours of fine colonial heritage, explore inside the magnificent Wombeyan Caves, and relish skydiving, hiking, canyoning and rock climbing in the enticing Goulburn region, within easy reach from Sydney and Canberra. And take a selfie with the iconic Big Merino.

  • Mares Forest Creek track, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve
  • Dennings Labyrinth, Wombeyan Karst Conservation Reserve. Image credit: Steve Babka, National Parks

About Goulburn Area

From the magnificent Wombeyan Caves to beautiful and intriguing heritage, the Goulburn region in Country NSW is a wonderful escape. Discover the colonial grandeur of Australia’s first inland city, explore inside 430 million-year-old caves, and enjoy outdoor adventure in Bungonia National Park.

With many more fun things to do and see, historic Goulburn is a charming destination to begin your holiday and home to one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ – the Big Merino. Declared a city in 1863, Goulburn is only two hours’ drive from Sydney and a train stop on the Melbourne-Sydney railway.

The Big Merino, Goulburn

Scenic drives in the pretty countryside are a delightful way to visit nearby historic towns and villages, such as Gunning, Crookwell, Laggan, Tuena and Taralga. Cycling on quiet country roads is a lovely experience, too. Mulga Bicycle Tours offers multi-day cycling tours in this picturesque region.

You’ll find plenty of places to stay, from camping and caravanning to elegant guesthouses, heritage motels and farm stays. A marvellous events calendar of festivals, markets and shows includes the Australian Blues Music Festival, the Gunning Fireworks Festival, and the Crookwell Garden Festival.

Kingsdale Wines, Goulburn

A fertile farming region, you’ll relish delicious food and wine experiences such as wine tasting at Kingsdale Wines, Collector Wines and Lerida Estate. There are quality restaurants in vineyards and towns, and enjoy hearty meals and country hospitality at pubs such as the 1876-built Taralga Hotel.

You can admire more colonial architecture on self-guided or guided tours. One of Australia’s greatest colonial explorations, led by Hamilton Hume, began in 1824 from Gunning, then a frontier town. For a beautiful panorama of the region, visit the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum in Goulburn.

Goulburn countryside

Alternatively, marvel at this splendid region while skydiving with Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn, or explore the spectacular Bungonia wilderness while canyoning or hiking. About 70 minutes’ drive northeast of Goulburn, via Taralga, you can join tours of the amazing Wombeyan limestone caves.

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Local areas

  • Crookwell Enjoy lovely gardens, pretty tree-lined streets and beautiful heritage in this charming town high on the Great Dividing Range.
  • Goulburn Explore one of Australia’s great colonial expeditions on a tour and relish the spectacular Gunning Fireworks Festival.
  • Gunning Discover grand colonial buildings, visit Goulburn Regional Art Gallery and try skydiving, canyoning, hiking and motor racing.
  • Taralga Admire beautifully preserved colonial buildings in Taralga before exploring nearby the magnificent Wombeyan Caves.