15 February 2013
If you are looking for a cause for celebration, you won’t want to miss the 150th birthday celebrations planned in Goulburn during the month of March.
In 1863, Goulburn became Australia’s first inland city, and today it represents a thriving rural community, as well as an important regional arts centre.
Named for Henry Goulburn, the British secretary of state for the colonies, the community is home to a number of fascinating attractions, which are well worth a visit. Located just a two-hour drive south-west of Sydney, the Goulburn area is a great place to spend a bit of time getting away from it all – especially during the month of March!
From March 1 to 31, Goulburn will play host to a variety of events that celebrate the rich history of the community, its present successes and future promise as it celebrates its 150th birthday.
Many of the festivities, including an official ceremony to commemorate its anniversary on March 14 – the official date a Royal Letters Patent issued by Queen Victoria declared Goulburn’s city status – will be hosted at St Saviour’s Cathedral.
This ceremony will be followed by a community celebration and a fireworks display – and all members of the public are invited to attend this family-friendly event. A public event day on March 15 will follow, and the festivities will continue into the weekend with a celebratory parade on Goulburn’s historic main street on March 16.
If you are travelling to Goulburn to join in the 150th birthday celebrations, it is worth staying in the area for a few days – there are plenty of things to keep you entertained right across the region!
Rail buffs, for example, won’t want to miss a chance to see the old steam engines at the Waterworks Museum or the works featured at the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery, while the Big Merino pays an important tribute to the community’s humble origins as a producer of wool – and its modern-day reputation as the ‘Fine Wool Capital of the World’.
Elsewhere, you can experience the thrill of motor sports firsthand at the Wakefield Park Motor Racing Circuit, which hosted the first motorcycle and motor-car Grand Prix in Australia in 1927.
Of course, a trip to Goulburn wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Old Goulburn Brewery, where you can sample some of the locally-produced beers and ales before making your journey home.
For more information on planning your trip for Goulburn’s 150th birthday celebrations – or things to see and do once you arrive – contact the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre.