A town of fertile landscapes, architectural grandeur and natural beauty, Goulburn is a window into the opulence and prosperity of Australia’s colonial era. Surrounded by rugged gorges and flowing rivers, the town sits in the heart of the Southern Tablelands region, a geographical blessing that saw it flourish in the wake of the wool industry. Undulating and pulsating, rich and accessible – there’s a reason, after all, why Goulburn was named Australia’s first inland city in 1863.
These days, Goulburn’s countryside has a lot more to offer than pastoral success. The town is a haven for those seeking a taste of adventure in the great outdoors; hiking, canyoning, caving, abseiling and skydiving opportunities abound. The town itself is a hub for creativity and culture, with galleries, theatres, festival venues and preserved architecture all lining the streets.
Feast on a variety of diverse cuisines at local cafes, restaurants, bistros and bakeries, and sample a selection of cool-climate wines and traditional ales from the area. Being only one hour from Canberra and two hours from Sydney, Goulburn is well within reach for an exciting day trip out of the city confines. But should you choose to spend the night, the weekend, or longer in this vibrant town, you will be rewarded with numerous quality accommodation options. Choose from an affordable selection of motels, holiday homes, and caravan and camping grounds, or indulge a little with a delightful bed-and-breakfast, farmstay or antique cottage.
Whatever your agenda, you are guaranteed to find exactly what you’re looking for on the heritage-soaked streets of Goulburn.