Admire beautifully preserved colonial buildings, explore intriguing heritage, enjoy wine tasting at wineries and take a selfie in front of the Big Merino in historic Goulburn, Australia’s first inland city. Thrilling outdoor adventures are a drawcard too, including skydiving, canyoning and abseiling.
With colonial grandeur, fascinating heritage and outdoor adventure, historic Goulburn is a great rural escape only two hours’ drive from Sydney. Declared Australia’s first inland city in 1863, Goulburn will charm you with many wonderful attractions, including the nation’s oldest surviving brewery.
Known as the fine wool capital of the world, Goulburn is home to the Big Merino - one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ - and beautifully preserved colonial architecture. A short drive away is spectacular Bungonia National Park, where adventurers will relish canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling and caving.
You can even try skydiving and drive a racing car in Goulburn. Places to stay include camping, farm stays and motels. Near the 1860s-built railway station is Goulburn Visitor Information Centre, where there are brochures and advice on all the fun things to do and see in the pretty Goulburn region.
Enjoy wine tasting at Kingsdale Wines and baked delights at Trappers Bakery. Check out the events calendar for markets and festivals, including the Australian Blues Music Festival in February. Lieder Theatre Company and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery are part of a vibrant arts and culture scene.
For a beautiful panorama of Goulburn and beyond, go to the tower lookout in the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum. You’ll also enjoy self-guided walks or guided tours of the fine heritage in Goulburn. The famous colonial architect Edmund Blacket designed St Saviour’s Anglican Cathedral.
You can join the cathedral’s Bell Towers Tour on the first Saturday of the month. On the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River is the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, where you can marvel at the only complete steam-powered municipal water supply left in its original location in Australia.
Rail buffs will love the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre at the Roundhouse. You’ll find more intriguing museums and historical homesteads such as Riversdale. The emancipist architect Francis Greenway designed the Goulburn Brewery, open to groups in winter and everyone in the warmer months.