Declared Australia’s first inland city in 1863, Goulburn is a proud historic town thriving with museums, festivals, restaurants and galleries. There is also plenty of surrounding outdoor adventure, from canyoning and rock climbing to abseiling and caving.
History trails and heritage
Standing on Goulburn’s fringe is the Big Merino – one of Australia’s iconic ‘big things’ and symbolic of the city known as the fine wool capital of the world. For a beautiful panorama of Goulburn, head to the tower lookout in the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum.
Soak up Goulburn’s beautifully preserved history on a self-guided walk or guided tour, which includes the towering St Saviour’s Anglican Cathedral. You can also visit historic Riversdale Homestead, which dates back to the 1830s. Rail buffs will love the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre.
Fabulous food and culture
This region is home to delicious cool climate wines. Sample the flavours with a tasting at Kingsdale Wines and Bungonia Creek Wines. For fresh produce, try award-winning cuisine at Cascades Restaurant or Fireside Inn, or baked goods at Trappers Bakery.
You’ll find a number of top cafes in Goulburn for your morning coffee fix. Greengrocer on Clifford has a sunny outdoor dining area, The Roses Cafe makes everything in-house and Grit Cafe has a focus on sustainability.
You’ll find plenty of local art at Lieder Theatre Company and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery. Goulburn also hosts many festivals, including the Australian Blues Music Festival and the fantastic retro-futuristic Steampunk Victoriana Fair.
Spectacular outdoor attractions
If you’re after an adrenaline rush, you can go skydiving or drive a racing car at Wakefield Park. A short drive away is Bungonia National Park, where adventurers will enjoy canyoning, rock climbing, abseiling and caving.
Explore the picturesque surrounds of the Wollondilly River on the Wollondilly Walking Track. You’ll also find the fascinating Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum on the idyllic banks of the river, still intact with a working pump house and steam engine.
Getting there and where to stay
Goulburn is a two-hour drive from Sydney and one-hour from Canberra. It’s also a stop on the Sydney to Melbourne train line and the journey takes less than three hours. You’ll find plenty of places to stay in Goulburn, from hotels and camping sites to memorable farm stays