Goulburn

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.

Paragon Cafe, Post Office in background - Goulburn

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.

Canoeing - Marsden Weir - Goulburn

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.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Willowtree Sculpture Garden Workshops

    Saturday 24 February 2018 to Sunday 25 February 2018 , Crookwell

    The renowned Willowtree Sculpture Garden at Laggan is hosting weekend arts workshops in February. Ever wanted to learn to carve stone, write novels, take fantastic photographs, paint, felt, weld, create intricate wire sculptures or construc…

    24 Feb - 25 Feb
  2. Vivaldi Bach Paganini: Goulburn

    Monday 26 February 2018 , Goulburn

    Don't miss this rare opportunity to experience one of Germany's finest Ensembles Chamber Philharmonia Cologne performing in Armidale Uniting Church classics from Germany. They are very happy to offer you a diverse program ranging from Anto…

    26 Feb
  3. Crookwell Photography and Sculpture Show

    Friday 02 March 2018 to Sunday 04 March 2018 , Crookwell

    Crookwell District Art Gallery is proud to present the Crookwell Photography and Sculpture Show, featuring works by artists from in and around the Crookwell Region. All items on exhibit will be for sale and this is your chance to see and …

    02 Mar - 04 Mar
  4. Lilac City Country Markets

    Saturday 03 March 2018 to Saturday 01 December 2018 , Goulburn

    Lilac City Country Markets has local arts, crafts, produce and other items including children's activities and a barbecue. It is held on the first Saturday of every month (excluding January). The markets are held on Goulburn Public School …

    03 Mar - 01 Dec
  5. Taralga Lions Markets

    Sunday 04 March 2018 to Sunday 06 May 2018 , Taralga

    Taralga Lions Markets are held the first Sunday of each month at the Taralga Memorial Hall. Taralga boasts a range of specialty shops and excellent eating so make sure you plan a trip to Taralga, which is located on the Tablelands Way to…

    04 Mar - 06 May
  6. Our Living History

    Friday 09 March 2018 to Monday 12 March 2018 , Goulburn

    Our Living History celebrates the Goulburn area's significant contribution to Australia's history. Living History defines the proud and participatory relationship the locals have with their past and present history, living surrounded by pl…

    09 Mar - 12 Mar