Goulburn Australia Destination Guide 2024

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Goulburn Australia

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Goulburn Visitor Information Centre

Head into the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre for local advice on creating a memorable trip in the city and its surrounding region.





9am - 5pm weekdays, 10am - 4pm weekends & Public Holidays (Closed Christmas Day). 201 Sloane Street (Locked Bag 22) Goulburn NSW 2580 02 4823 4492

info@goulburnaustralia.com.au www.goulburnaustralia.com.au

Goulburn is perfectly positioned only 2 hours from Sydney, under 1 hour from Canberra and just over 1.5 hours to the coast by car.

Express coaches depart Sydney, Melbourne and Canberra daily. Sydney Trains and NSW Trainlink services both stop at Goulburn, Tarago and Marulan daily.

Acknowledgement of Country

Goulburn Mulwaree Council acknowledges and pays our respects to the Aboriginal elders both past and present as well as emerging leaders, and acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land on which we all live.

Disclaimer: Goulburn Mulwaree Council provides this information with the understanding that it is not guaranteed to be accurate, correct or complete. Conclusions drawn from the information are the responsibility of the user. Every effort has been made to ensure accuracy. However, Council assumes no responsibility in the event that any information is incorrect. Council assumes no liability of damages incurred as a result of incomplete, incorrect or omitted information. Businesses included in this directory are not necessarily endorsed or approved by Council. The maps are for general information and do not necessarily reflect actual routes, locations or services provided. The user of this information assumes all liability for their dependence on it.

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Discover the country charm of Australia’s first inland city, which is perfectly positioned just two hours from Sydney, an hour from Canberra, and less than two hours from the coast. Providing endless opportunities to experience heritage, culture, beautiful natural landscapes, delightful family adventures and create lasting memories.

Embrace a perfect blend of country living, with all the city benefits. This region presents a unique and balanced lifestyle, where you can enjoy stunning rural scenery, admire heritage architecture, explore contemporary art, indulge in modern boutique shopping, and relish in relaxed casual dining.

A wonderful destination for a brief getaway or an extended retreat, brimming with outstanding attractions, frequent events, and a variety of dining and accommodation options.

Welcome to Goulburn Australia


What’s on

Keep the whole family entertained with our vibrant and dynamic year-round calendar of events. Experience a constant buzz of excitement, featuring live performances, festivals, markets, and multiple sporting events.

For those embracing culture – our galleries and performance spaces offer a rich, inviting experience. The Goulburn Performing Arts Centre and other local theatre companies host live musical performances and captivating theatre events, that will inspire and ignite a passion for the arts. History enthusiasts will become immersed in our museums with historical displays, talks and public events.

For the thrill seekers – prepare yourself for high-speed action and select from an array of racing events at the racecourse, paceway, speedway, and motorsport venues.

Get your hands on some fresh country produce at the Farmers Market or browse for bric-a-brac and unique handmade goods at one of the many markets throughout the region.

There’s always something happening in the Goulburn region.

While you’re here…

• Grab a copy of our latest Calendar of Events to discover what’s happening, or simply download it from our website for your convenience.

• Connect with us by using our official hashtag #goulburnaustralia on social media platforms. Join the conversation and share your experiences!

Calendar of events


• Pictures and Popcorn – in the Park

• Christmas in the Park

• Australia Day

• Festival of Small Halls

• Multicultural Festival

• Vibesfest

Winter Autumn Spring

• Football NSW Country Cup


• Goulburn Poultry Fanciers’ Society Annual Show

• Goulburn Rotary Markets

• Goulburn Show

• Tarago Show

• Goulburn Rotary Swap Meet

• Tallong Apple Day Festival

• GNPS Family Fun and Fireworks Night


• Lilac City Festival

• Steampunk Victoriana Fair

• Girl’s Day Out at The Races

• Convoy For Kids

Want to hold your event in Goulburn?

Our dedicated events team are here to help! Contact us at: info@goulburnaustralia.com.au or 02 4823 4492 to talk about the many opportunities Goulburn has to offer for your event, including the Event Development Fund.

Heritage Discover the past

Uncover the captivating history of the region, where a wealth of museums, charming homesteads, and exquisite heritage architecture await your exploration. The region has been home to Aboriginal people for at least 21,000 years and has a rich and significant Indigenous heritage. Fast forward to 1818, explorers Hume and Meehan ventured across the land that would later become Goulburn. On 14 March 1863, 45 years later, Goulburn was declared Australia’s first inland city by royal letters patent, issued by Queen Victoria. Goulburn flourished on the grounds of a prosperous wool industry, laying the foundation for robust agricultural roots. The city’s ascent continued with the cathedrals, a fleeting yet impactful gold rush, and the evolution of a rail system, all contributing to Goulburn’s remarkable growth. Today, the majestic historic buildings and residences that grace the cityscape bear testimony to Goulburn’s opulent past, showcasing its affluence during the vibrant 19th century.

While you’re here…

• Take a drive up to Rocky Hill War Memorial & Museum, opened in 1925 as a lasting tribute to the men and women of Goulburn who served during World War 1. This site was awarded a TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice Award in September 2020, placing it in the top 10% of attractions worldwide.

• Step back in time on one of our many themed Self-Guided Tours. You can pick up a brochure at the Goulburn Visitor Information Centre or download a copy from the Goulburn Australia website.


Art, music, and performances

Feel alive in our captivating galleries and performance spaces, allowing your imagination to run wild.

Explore local galleries to admire the works of renowned local, regional, and national artists, or venture through a modern public art trail, unveiling numerous Instagram-worthy moments.

Check out a show at the brand new, 403 seat Goulburn Performing Arts Centre (GPAC), showcasing an exciting annual season of quality live performances. The GPAC is a creative reactivation of Goulburn’s historic Town Hall, brought to life again through clever design where history meets modern architecture.

Ease into the weekend vibe by checking out one of the nearby pubs or clubs, where you can enjoy live music featuring both local talents and touring artists.

• Surrender to classic soothing sounds at the Hume Conservatorium. While you’re here…

• Stop by the Goulburn Regional Art Gallery or Gallery on Track to experience their latest exhibitions.

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Drives, recreation, and the outdoors

A journey off the beaten path awaits once you escape the city.

Discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the region by taking a walk or hike along one of our many bushwalks.

Then switch gears and cruise throughout the countryside or put your foot to the floor around a racetrack.

Put a line in at Marsden Weir, Wollondilly River, or Pejar Dam. Year-round, fishing is a popular activity for visitors and locals alike.

Closer to the city, tee off at the historic Goulburn Golf Club, discover the many parks and recreation spaces, or stroll along the network of walking tracks which spans 20 kilometres in total.

While you’re here…

• Take a leisurely walk along the Wollondilly River, where a scenic trail awaits, offering an ideal spot for a family picnic.

• Be amazed by the beauty of the vast, clear night sky, where you’ll be in awe of the brilliance of the millions of stars above.


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Family Fun

Something for everyone

As the perfect centre for family enjoyment, Goulburn offers a wide variety of engaging activities that are sure to spark curiosity and build memories!

Discover our beautiful walking trails, playgrounds, barbeque and picnic areas and parks with plenty of room for the whole family.

Visiting on a rainy day? Catch the latest movie at the cinema, drop into an indoor play centre or spend the day shopping in the CBD.

On the weekend relax by the Wollondilly River or get active and join in the fun with the Goulburn Park Run.

Looking for more? Visit the Goulburn Mulwaree Library or Goulburn Regional Art Gallery where creative minds can run wild.

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• It wouldn’t be a visit to Goulburn without a selfie with ‘Rambo’ the Big Merino #thebigmerino

• Take a splash at the brand-new indoor Goulburn Aquatic & Leisure Centre, featuring three pools, water play area and café.


Therapy in a retail setting

Goulburn’s retail style blends its rural heritage with all the luxuries of a modern city. Our ‘Country Mile of Shopping’ is framed by two shopping centres, with personalised service, and free parking available throughout.

The main thoroughfare of Auburn Street is dotted with a number of contemporary boutiques and specialty shops. Find beautiful homewares and lifestyle pieces, gifts, jewellery and accessories, as well as quality clothing and footwear.

Plan your visit right and discover one of the many weekend markets in Goulburn or the nearby villages which are great places to buy fresh local produce, arts and crafts, and antiques.

• Browse an antique or second hand store, you never know what treasures you will find.

• Bring your friends and shop up a storm at the local boutiques before taking a break for lunch at one of the trendy cafés throughout the city.


Towns and Villages

Discover the charm and unique character of our surrounding towns and villages by exploring the roads less travelled.

Our towns and villages are incredibly rich in heritage, contemporary services and natural resources.

From Towrang to Bungonia and Windellama to Lake Bathurst, there is stunning scenery and country hospitality waiting to be discovered.

Marulan proudly claims the title of the only town in the world situated precisely on the 150th meridian, serving as the basis for Australian Eastern Standard Time.

The vibrant township is steeped in history, boasting charming historic buildings dating back to the 19th century. More recently, Marulan has experienced significant growth with the addition of a range of new amenities.

A visit to Marulan wouldn’t be complete without a self-guided heritage tour. Take the time to explore the boutique shops or enjoy the local hospitality at one of the eateries dotted along the way.



The historic village of Bungonia is the gateway to the breathtaking Bungonia National Park, renowned for some of the deepest cave systems on the Australian mainland, beautiful views from accessible lookouts, and walking tracks suitable for all levels of fitness.

Established in the early 1820s, the village of Bungonia holds a storied past and thrives today with a lively community. Explore its well-maintained historical buildings from the street, now complemented by interpretive signage. Time your visit right to partake in one of the many village events arranged by the active Progress Association and Historical Society.

Situated along the Windellama Creek, this village is home to a thriving rural community. Experience Windellama at its finest with monthly markets organised by the Progress Association or explore history at the museum within a replica 1880s school building, courtesy of the Windellama Historical Society.

Situated at the crossroads of coastal and tablelands biological zones, discover the myriad of unique flora and fauna species thriving in this diverse ecosystem. With its scenic rural setting, Windellama has deep agricultural ties and has recently emerged as a sought-after destination for those seeking a tree change.

Lake Bathurst

The Towrang community is a vibrant mixture of established residents and treechange newcomers who all agree that it is ‘the best place to live’.

Historically, Towrang was a major penal establishment which drove the construction of the Great South Road by chainbound convicts. Many of the remarkable constructions of the Towrang Stockade are still in place today.

Also known for its stunning natural beauty, the Wollondilly River meanders through the Towrang Valley, attracting a variety of bird life.

A tiny but charming tree-lined village, the locality of Lake Bathurst is home to some remarkable 19th century historic buildings. More recently, the village has become home to a small selection of farm stays and self-contained accommodation options.

The lake, now encircled by private property, spans a shallow area fluctuating between two and ten square kilometres. As a cherished wetland sanctuary for wading birds, it offers visitors the chance to witness vast flocks traversing between the coast and inland landscapes at various times of the year.

Tallong – home of the famous Big Apple and the rare Tallong Midge Orchid – is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an array of highlights for visitors. Stunning views of the Shoalhaven Gorge and River can be seen from Long Point and Badgery’s Lookouts on the outskirts of the village.

Tallong Memorial Park, in the village centre, showcases the iconic Big Apple, the scenic Jim Watling Walkway, and an enticing sculpture walk within a serene nature reserve. A skate park, half basketball court and murals have recently been added with further additions to come.

Mark your calendar for the first Sunday in May and join us for the annual Tallong Apple Day Festival – a celebration honouring the village’s rich apple orchard heritage.


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The rustic farming village of Tarago lies in a valley through which the Mulwaree Chain of Ponds flows towards Goulburn.

The major industry in the area was the Woodlawn Mine which operated for approx. 20 years, producing lead, copper and zinc. It has since been transformed into the Woodlawn Bioreactor which uses the latest technology to treat and dispose of waste material transported via rail from Sydney.

Tarago is home to the Loaded Dog Hotel, founded in 1848 and an important part of Australia’s heritage. It was the meeting place and ‘safe house’ for many bushrangers including the notorious Frank Gardiner and Ben Hall.

The village has recently seen the addition of a new cluster of small shops and upgrades to the community recreation area.

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Visitor Information Centre

Goulburn Mulwaree Library

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Gallery on Track

Mulwaree High School

Remembrance Museum

The Big Merino

Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum

Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre

Goulburn Historic Waterworks

Riversdale Homestead

Garroorigang Historic Home

Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre

Belmore Park

Victoria Park

St Saviour’s Cathedral

Sts Peter and Paul’s Cathedral

Wollondilly and Mulwaree River Walkways

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Regional Map

Goulburn CBD

Southern Tablelands The

The Southern Tablelands boasts a stunning variety of world class food and wine offerings, an eclectic heritage and arts scene and a diverse range of outdoor experiences, just waiting to be explored.

Upper Lachlan

Well named as the ‘Shire of Villages’, Upper Lachlan is dotted with picturesque townships along the Great Dividing Range, each with their own stories. The major townships of Gunning, Crookwell and Taralga offer visitors an excellent base to explore the countryside, caves and waterways.

Hilltops Region

The Hilltops region is one of the country’s finest food and wine producers and still one of NSW’s best-kept secrets. Across the region of rolling country fields and intimate valleys, the towns of Boorowa, HardenMurrumburrah, and Young provide visitors with a varied selection of activities like horse riding, biking, and hiking. Explore the charming towns of Boorowa, known for its rich Irish heritage and the annual Boorowa Irish Woolfest, Harden-Murrumburrah, where the skies come alive during the Harden Kite Festival, and Young, the “Cherry Capital of Australia,” hosting the National Cherry Festival always held at the start of summer.

Indoor attractions that are sure to delight your senses. Experience the warm country hospitality in our thriving villages, such as Jugiong for food lovers, Murringo for art lovers, or Wombat for simply a good time. The Hilltops offers plenty of intimate shopping strips and meet-the-maker culinary tastings. Uncover the best-kept secret in NSW - visit the Hilltops today!

Yass Valley

Yass Valley is bursting with wonderful experiences. With a proud heritage connection to early rural Australia, a modern and well renowned food and wine offering, a thriving arts scene and boutique shopping, touring around Yass Valley is an experience not to be missed. Exploring the region’s beautiful, historical towns and villages of Yass, Gundaroo, Murrumbateman and Bowning is sure to captivate the young and the young at heart.

Queanbeyan Region

Discover the memorable towns and villages dotted along the Kings Highway in Queanbeyan-Palerang, right on the doorstep of the nation’s capital and the pristine coastline of Southern NSW. Visit Queanbeyan, Bungendore, Braidwood and the surrounding villages to uncover handmade treasures from local artists and artisans, indulge in award-winning cool climate wines and paddock-to-plate produce. Uncover the old tales of the gold rush era that had the region teeming with prospectors before tucking in for a peaceful night at a boutique hotel or a magnificent homestead.

Gather Groups and Functions

Whether you’re hosting a group gathering, planning a conference, or envisioning the wedding of your dreams, look no further than the beautiful Southern Tablelands as your ideal destination.

Strategically positioned within easy reach of both Sydney and Canberra, Goulburn boasts the ideal backdrop for your next event, big or small. Benefit from its charming rural ambiance, top-notch facilities, and dedicated support services to ensure a truly memorable occasion.

Reach out to the friendly staff at the Visitor Information Centre for personalised assistance in curating an itinerary tailored to your group’s needs and preferences.

Download a copy of the Goulburn Wedding Guide from www.goulburnaustralia.com.au to help plan your special day.

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• Embark on an engaging group outing with a tailor-made itinerary designed to cater to your specific interests and schedule, ensuring a memorable experience for all.

• Goulburn is home to a passionate community of bike and car clubs, making it the perfect destination for enthusiasts of all stripes. Whether you’re cruising on motorcycles, driving muscle cars, towing caravans, showcasing vintage rides, or exploring in 4WDs, our city welcomes everyone.

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Become one of the locals

Enjoy a simpler, less demanding lifestyle, breathe the fresh clean air, and settle into relaxed country living at its best.

Goulburn boasts a wonderful selection of quality, affordable housing set against breathtaking landscapes, all within easy reach of two major cities. With outstanding education, infrastructure, and healthcare facilities, as well as the many lifestyle benefits, choosing Goulburn for your next move is simply logical.

Discover a city with the perfect blend of heritage, natural beauty, and modern convenience. Here, you’ll find a wide variety of service clubs, sports teams, creative outlets, and special interest groups just waiting to welcome you.

A country lifestyle combined with city benefits – Goulburn is the ideal destination to make your tree change dreams a reality.

While you’re here…

• Find your forever home at one of Saturday’s open houses.

• Access the New Residents Guide on our website for a comprehensive directory of essential contacts and services to ease your transition. Alternatively, pick up a copy from the Visitor Information Centre for instant access to invaluable resources.


Somewhere to rest your head

There is no need to rush home! With a range of accommodation options available throughout the Goulburn region, there’s something to suit every taste. Whether you prefer the charm of intimate guest houses, the comfort of self-contained heritage homes, the hospitality of B&Bs and pub stays, or the convenience of sleek modern motels and serviced apartments, Goulburn offers a selection to cater for every occasion and budget.

Indulge in relaxation at one of our conveniently situated accommodation providers, offering easy access to live entertainment venues and attractive dining options in the heart of our city.

Experience authentic country life amidst untouched landscapes and feed the friendly farm animals during your getaway to a local farm stay.

Immerse yourself even further in nature with a camping trip in the nearby National Parks and Reserves, where you can choose to stay in your own tent, caravan, or cozy cabin.

Look for these icons indicating pet-friendly and accessible options when making your selection.

While you’re here…

• Unwind, dine out and catch live music in the heart of the city.

• Extend your stay to enjoy the many attractions and events our region has to offer.

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Eat and drink

Prepare to be spoiled for choice with the diverse range of food and beverage offerings available in the region.

Step into one of Goulburn’s culinary settings, where you’ll find satisfaction in the premium, locally grown produce or the enticing selection of exotic cuisines, all paired with an assortment of superb regional cool-climate wines.

Experience the thriving cafe culture of the region, where you’ll find a variety of chic brunch spots to choose from. Indulge in delicious coffee and vibrant atmospheres at these popular eateries, favoured by enthusiasts of smashed avocado and eggs on toast.

No country getaway is complete without a visit to the local pub, or perhaps a few. Enjoy a leisurely stroll to the nearest establishment for a satisfying meal and authentic country hospitality.

The only challenge? Deciding which delicious dish to indulge in!

While you’re here…

• Contribute to environmental sustainability by bringing your own coffee cup to our eco-conscious cafés.

• Call into the Visitor Information Centre and pick up the latest ‘Taste’ Guide or download a copy from our website.

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