Within easy reach of Sydney, Goulburn’s motto is “country life with a city heartbeat”. The town’s broad, classic-country-town main street features colonial architecture and great shopping, but beyond, the region exudes country charm, with historic towns and villages ripe to be explored, and stunning rural landscapes to get lost in.
Southern Tablelands Trails
Uncover the region's many charms on a curated day trip
One of the earliest inland settlements in NSW and Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn has long been the historic heart of this country region. Discover its rich history and grand colonial architecture on aself-guided heritage tour, and take a selfie with the Big Merino, which celebrates the region’s fine wool industry.
The beautifully restored Argyle Inn is a hidden gem in historic Taralga, serving up gourmet seasonal dishes. Nearby, the Taralga Hotel built in 1876 from local stone offers traditional country hospitality, while in Goulburn, the Southern Railway Hotel is a classic country pub full of character. Goulburn also has a buzzing cafe scene.
Adventures & events
Explore the spectacular wilderness of the region by canyoning, caving, rock climbing or hiking in Bungonia National Park. Get a bird’s-eye view by skydiving with Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn or Mulga Bicycle Tours offers multi-day cycling tours of between five and 15 days in length.
A jam-packed calendar of events will also keep you busy with markets and shows, including the Australian Blues Music Festival, the thrilling Gunning Fireworks Festival, the Crookwell Garden Festivaland the retro-futuristic Steampunk Victoriana Fair. You’ll also find many motorsports events throughout the year.
Public Art Walk, Goulburn
The Goulburn region is a 2-hour drive from Sydney and 1-hour drive from Canberra. It’s also a stop on the Sydney to Melbourne train line and the journey takes less than three hours. Places to stay include historic railway barracks, country pubs, farmstays, wineries, and caravan parks.
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