Escape to country charm, colonial grandeur, wine tasting and outdoor adventure in the beautiful Goulburn. Dotted with historic towns and charming villages set amongst beautiful landscapes, this region is rich with memorable experiences.
Declared Australia’s first inland city in 1863, the vibrant town of Goulburn is the historic heart of this country region. Discover the history and colonial architecture on self-guided or guided tours, and take a selfie with the Big Merino, which celebrated the region’s fine wool industry.
For a panorama of the region, visit the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum. There are also scenic drives through the surrounding historic villages of Crookwell, Taralga and Gunning, where Hamilton Hume began the daring expedition to Port Melbourne in 1824.
Gourmet delights and vineyards
A rich farming region, there are top food and wine experiences in the Goulburn area. Go wine tasting at Kingsdale Wines, Collector Wines and Lerida Estate. You’ll also find delicious local markets such as the Laggan Village Markets.
Try gourmet produce at restaurants such as the acclaimed Argyle Inn, and enjoy country hospitality at pubs such as the 1876-built Taralga Hotel. For fresh seasonal produce, try award-winning cuisine at Goulburn’s Cascades Restaurant. Goulburn also has a buzzing cafe scene.
Adventures and events
Explore the spectacular wilderness of the region by canyoning or hiking Bungonia National Park or walk through the pretty Goulburn Wetlands. Get a bird’s-eye view by skydiving with Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn. 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 Gunning Fireworks Festival, the Crookwell Garden Festival and the retro-futuristic Steampunk Victoriana Fair. You’ll also find many motorsports events throughout the year.
Getting there and where to stay
The Goulburn region 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. There are many great places to stay from camping and caravanning to elegant guesthouses, heritage motels and farm stays.