A town built upon pastoral success, Goulburn is now a bustling hub of culture, creativity and (perhaps most importantly) great places to eat and drink.
1. When it comes to brunch in Goulburn, you can’t go past The Roses Café. This family-run business offers a classic country café experience, and the sweet and savoury baked goods will have you coming back for more.
2. Named Australia’s first inland city in 1863 thanks to its prosperity in the wake of the flourishing wool industry, you don’t have to look far to see remnants of that opulent, colonial era.
3. Which means a self-guided walking tour of Goulburn is a great place to start your exploration of the town! First up: the Argyle Emporium, former police station, now a bookshop.
4. Next up is St Saviour’s Cathedral, easily one of Goulburn’s most magnificent structures, and built in 1884.
5. Don’t miss the James Barnet-designed courthouse, which is still in use today. Be sure to wander past at night as well, as it is lit up in spectacular fashion come sundown.
6. Finish up your tour of Goulburn’s heritage-soaked streets with a stopover in the lovely Belmore Park – it makes a pretty good picnic spot!
7. All that walking is sure to build up an appetite, so head straight to 98 Chairs for dinner.
8. Owners Deb and Steve grow much of the food used in the restaurant at their local farm, so you’re guaranteed fresh, delicious meals. Oh, and the cocktails are $13 – you can't beat that!
9. Tick off another historic building when you check in to Mandelson’s for the evening. Built back in 1840 it’s had a colourful life, but has now been restored to its former glory.
10. The ‘Heritage Room’ of Mandelson’s oozes luxury and old-world glamour, so treat yourself to this grand room and enjoy the four-poster bed and spa bath – you deserve it!
11. Visitors might be surprised to hear that Goulburn has a lively art scene, so why not start your day at one of the many galleries or permanent art spaces?
12. Goulburn.art Regional Gallery (GRAG) is a great place to start, and has played host to the Archibald painting prize. Or you could try Gallery on Track or South Hill Gallery both of which play host to regularly changing exhibitions.
13. Now it may be out of town, but a trip to the Marulan General Store is a must-do. This well-stocked café, deli and grocery store is the perfect place to pick up an assortment of gourmet country produce, or you can indulge in their fancy High Tea!
14. Finish off your Sunday arvo with a show at the Lieder Theatre, the longest running theatre company in Australia. They often put on premieres of scripts by local playwrights or feature original music from local composers.
15. With its old-school ambiance and extensive menu, it’s no surprise to hear Paragon Café is a Goulburn institution – making it the perfect place for Sunday dinner.
16. Decked out with red neon lights, mirrored walls and blue vinyl booths, the numerous wait staff will go above and beyond to ensure you have a truly memorable experience.
17. Diverse in its natural beauty, dining options, architectural grandeur and culture, Goulburn makes for an idyllic weekend escape.