As Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn is a proud historic town, combining grand heritage and country charm with contemporary museums, festivals, restaurants, and galleries. There’s also plenty of epic outdoor adventures to be had in the surrounding region, from rock climbing and abseiling to motorsports and skydiving.
Goulburn Court House, Goulburn
History trails & 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 at the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum.
The Goulburn region is home to delicious cool climate wines. Sample superb drops at Kingsdale Wines and Yarralaw Springs Wines or head south for award-winning shiraz at acclaimed wineries Lerida Estate in Lake George and Collector Winesin the historic village of Collector.
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, Grit Cafe has a focus on sustainability and Valerie’s Sunroom is located within a tranquil nursery setting. Find delicious baked goods at Trappers Bakery.
If you’re after an adrenaline rush, you can go skydiving or drive a racing car at Pheasant Wood Circuit. A short drive away is Bungonia National Park, where experienced outdoor adventurers will enjoy canyoning, rock climbing or abseiling and caving in one of the park’s ‘wild caves’.
Families will enjoy a stroll around the Goulburn Wetlands, spotting the variety of birdlife along the way, or a splash at the Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre which has a cafe opening onto Victoria Park where the kids can run free and play at the enormous Adventure Playground.
Goulburn is a two-hour drive from Sydney and one-hour drive 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 farmstays.
Southern Tablelands Trails
Uncover the region's many charms on a curated day trip
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