Goulburn Area

Explore the 430 million-year-old Wombeyan Caves, go adventuring in Bungonia National Park and take a selfie with the Big Merino. Add intriguing heritage, colonial grandeur and wine tasting at cellar doors, and the Goulburn region makes for a great rural escape in Country NSW.

There’s many fun things to do and see in the area, including visiting the charming city of Goulburn. Declared Australia’s first inland city in 1863, this historic centre is only two hours’ drive from Sydney and a train stop on the Melbourne to Sydney railway.

Twilight stars sparkling above the Big Merino in Goulburn, NSW

Enjoy scenic drives through the pretty countryside, and discover the historic towns and villages of Gunning, Crookwell, Laggan, Tuena and Taralga. Alternatively, jump on a bike and explore the quiet country roads. Mulga Bicycle Tours offers multi-day cycling tours.

Places to stay include camping, caravanning, elegant guesthouses, heritage motels and farm stays. Enjoy a jam-packed events calendar of festivals, markets and shows, including the Australian Blues Music Festival, the Gunning Fireworks Festival and the Crookwell Garden Festival.

A winegrower working on the vines at Kingsdale Wines, Goulburn

A rich farming region, there’s top food and wine experiences in the Goulburn area. Go wine tasting at Kingsdale Wines, Collector Wines and Lerida Estate. Try gourmet produce at local restaurants such as the acclaimed Argyle Inn, and enjoy country hospitality at pubs such as the 1876-built Taralga Hotel.

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

Rolling farmland in the Goulburn countryside, NSW Southern Tablelands

Get a bird’s-eye view of this region by skydiving with Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn, or explore the spectacular Bungonia wilderness while canyoning or hiking. About 70 minutes’ drive northeast of Goulburn, via Taralga, are tours of the striking limestone formations in the Wombeyan Caves.