St Saviours Anglican Cathedral, John Baker / Explore Australia Publishing

Population 20131

Goulburn is at the junction of the Wollondilly and Mulwaree rivers, in the centre of a wealthy farming district. It was one of Australia's first inland settlements and the last proclaimed city in the British Empire. It is now known for its merino wool industry, and displays elaborate 19th-century architecture.

Visitor Information

201 Sloane St; (02) 4823 4492 or 1800 353 646


Nearby national parks

  • Blue Mountains National Park

    Blue Mountains National Park presents an astounding and unique landscape to its millions of visitors. The terrain ripples and folds, a world...more

  • Kanangra–Boyd National Park

    Kanangra–Boyd National Park’s majestic landscape of wild rivers and waterfalls, mountainous terrain and deep gorges is rimmed by...more

  • Budderoo National Park

    Small but spectacular, Budderoo National Park in the Southern Highlands is notable for its outstanding Minnamurra Rainforest Centre,...more

Nearby towns

  • Crookwell

    This picturesque tree-lined township is a service centre to the local agricultural and pastoral district, and enjoys a cool climate and lush...more

  • Bundanoon

    Bundanoon is a quiet village with a European feel, thanks to its green, tree-lined avenues. The first European to investigate the district...more

  • Moss Vale

    Moss Vale is the industrial and agricultural centre of Wingecarribee Shire and the Southern Highlands. Once it was home to the Dharawal...more

In Town

Big Merino Built in 1985, the Big Merino is an instantly recognisable landmark. Read more

Old Goulburn Brewery: tours of Australia's oldest brewery designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway. Brewing to original recipe; Bungonia Rd; (02) 4821 6071.

Goulburn and District Arts and Crafts Centre: gallery and giftshop showcasing arts and crafts including jewellery, pottery and textiles; Blackshaw Rd; (02) 4822 7889.

Historic Waterworks Museum: displays antique waterworks engines, beside attractive parkland with picnic and barbecue facilities on Marsden Weir; off Fitzroy St.

Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum: erected in 1925 as a tribute to the Goulburn men and women who served during WW I, it offers outstanding views across the city. Museum open weekends and holidays; Memorial Dr.

Self-guide tour: historic buildings include Goulburn Courthouse and St Saviour's Cathedral; brochure from visitor centre.


Bungonia State Conservation Area Popular for adventurers with perfect terrain for canyoning, caving and canoeing. Walking trails offer fantastic river and canyon views. One walk passes through the spectacular Bungonia Gorge. 35km E.

Pelican Sheep Station: farm tours, shearing and sheepdog demonstrations by appt; bookings (02) 4821 4668. Accommodation is available; 10km S.

Lake George: 25km long lake that regularly fills and empties. It has excellent picnic sites; 40km SW.

Wombeyan Caves: Daily guided and self-guide cave tours through ancient and spectacular limestone cave system; inquiries (02) 4843 5976; 70km N.

Campsites around town

Bungonia camping area 27 km

This is a spacious, well-equipped camping ground in a stunning bushland setting. There’s a conference room for hire, plenty of space for tents, caravans and camper trailers, and all the outdoor activities that the... Find out more

HQ Camp 44 km

The forest’s HQ Camp is 4 km south-east of Wingello via Forest Rd. Camping is only allowed between Easter and the Oct long weekend. There’s a map here displaying mountain-biking trails. Bring your own... Find out more

Stuart Crossing camping area (bush camping) 49 km

This camping area is on Mayfield Rd, 35 km north of Braidwood. There are no facilities but the fishing’s good. Note: there’s usually a total fire ban over summer; in the colder months you can have a fire if... Find out more

Endrick River camping area 52 km

Five kilometers to the north of Nerriga brings you Endrick River; the camping area is at Endrick River crossing on Turpentine Rd. It’s a pretty spot and a welcome rest stop, where you can swim or fish. There are no... Find out more

Corang River camping area 53 km

There’s beautiful forest in the Nerriga area, 50 km north-east of Braidwood and 55 km south-west of Nowra. Corang River camping area is 8 km south-west of Nerriga on the Nerriga Rd at Corang River crossing. There... Find out more

Dalys Clearing camping area 53 km

Follow the signs via Belanglo Rd and Dalys Rd to this flat, grassy clearing surrounded by pine trees. Bring your own drinking water. If you’re an adventurous type, you can strike out and camp in the bush, as long... Find out more

Gambells Rest camping area 54 km

This is the only designated camping ground in the north of the park, and it’s a good springboard for 10 walking tracks. It’s less than 1 km south of Bundanoon via the Gullies Rd. No fires are allowed, so... Find out more

Wombeyan Caves Campground 54 km

While the caves are certainly the main drawcard, other activities in the reserve include swimming in the Wombeyan Gorge, hiking, canyoning and birdwatching. The extensive and well-equipped campground is along Wombeyan... Find out more

Tallowa Dam Recreation Area 55 km

You’re surrounded by beauty in this camping ground, which is swaddled by Morton National Park and tucked into Kangaroo Valley. The camping ground itself is a broad, spacious grassed area along the Kangaroo River.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Governor’s Hill Carapark 3 km

Easily accessible from the Hume Freeway, the park is 4 km north of Goulburn and offers good facilities. An added attraction is a highly detailed model train set-up to amuse young and old.... Find out more

Moss Vale Village Caravan Park 63 km

The park, 2 km south of Moss Vale, is one of two in this part of the central highlands. It is ideal for a night or two if you are planning to explore the area. Bookings are recommended all year round, and there is a... Find out more

Capital Country Holiday Village 67 km

Take the time to sit by the lake, relax and feed the ducks. Formerly White Ibis Caravan Park, this is a spacious park in a rural setting about 14 km north of Canberra and easily accessible from the Federal Highway. This... Find out more

Exhibition Park in Canberra (EPIC) 74 km

This camping area is part of the Canberra Showground and may suit those with big rigs or those travelling with dogs. The park is not available during the Canberra Show or the Folk Festival; the maximum stay is 28 days.... Find out more

Yass Caravan Park 75 km

The park is just 1 km from the town centre and is a popular overnight stop for those travelling the Hume Highway. There are convenient drive-thru sites, grassy areas and clean amenities. Bookings may be required during... Find out more

Mittagong Caravan Park 76 km

The caravan park is 1 km north of the town centre. There is a well-stocked shop and easy access to the Hume Freeway. This is one of only two parks in this area of the central highlands. The park can get very busy, so... Find out more

Rest areas around town

French VC rest area 8 km

9km W of Goulburn (R) or 78km E of Yass (L)

Just off the highway.

Derrick VC rest area 10 km

73km SW of Mittagong (L)

Just off the highway around some shady trees. For westbound only.

Chowne VC rest area 15 km

17km NE of Goulburn (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. For eastbound only.

Kingsbury VC rest area 47 km

33km SW of Mittagong (L) or 52km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway in a pine forest. 

Mackey VC rest area 52 km

28km SW of Mittagong (L) or 57km NE of Goulburn (R)

Just off the highway among shady trees.

Gordon VC rest area 57 km

21km SW of Mittagong (R) or 64km NE of Goulburn (L)

Small area just off the highway.

Mundoonan No. 2 rest area 60 km

22km E of Yass (L)

Secluded area well off the highway. For eastbound only.

What's on around town

Australian Blues Music Festival: Feb.

Celebration of Heritage and Roses: Mar.

Lilac City Festival: Oct.

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