Goulburn and surrounds

Leaving the Hume Highway, you're welcomed by a 15 metre high ram. Climb to the top and look out through the Merino's eyes at Australia's first inland city. Historic Goulburn is well worth a visit on your way to or from Canberra and Sydney.

High above the city is the Goulburn War Memorial and Museum on Rocky Hill. Opened in 1925, it is a lasting tribute to the men of Goulburn and district who served in World War I. Inside the tower is a tablet inscribed with the names of those who enlisted from the district. The museum also features a valuable collection of artefacts including a door from Changi prison.

Near the historic Goulburn Brewery, designed by colonial architect Francis Greenway, you’ll find Goulburn Roundhouse where you can have a guided tour of the railway workshop and 1918 roundhouse where veteran locomotives and rolling stock are under restoration.

And be sure to visit when the Goulburn Historic Waterworks is steaming (approx. monthly and by prior arrangement). This is a must for the engine and steam enthusiasts. 

And last but by no means least, make sure you spend an hour or two at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery; this artistic centre has provided the Southern Tablelands and nearby regions with the opportunity to experience and participate in the best of local and national art for 30 years now.

The town of Yass lies 78kms west of Goulburn and 60kms north of Canberra on the main southern highway to Victoria and the west of NSW. On the way visit the delightful Pye Cottage and relive the pioneering days in the small town of Gunning. Until 1820, Gunning was at the "Limit of Settlement". 

Yass might be small but its big on history; in the area there are quaint villages, antique, art and craft galleries and numerous attractions not least of which is the two Yass Museums.

With so much more to see and do in Goulburn & Surrounds for the history and culture buff, be sure to contact the friendly staff at Goulburn Visitor Information Centre. Also check out accommodation and local restaurants at Visit NSW or iGoulburn.


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