Famous for the worlds Largest concrete sheep, Goulburn is about 1 hour drive from Canberra and 2 hours drive from Sydney. It is Australia’s first inland city. Goulburn serves as a service centre for the pastoral industry in the surrounding areas. It is a popular stop over for the travelers on the Hume highway. The city has mostly dry weather. The city has some great historic buildings and a beautiful central park. We are listing the top ten most beautiful places in Goulburn which you must see on your visit to Goulburn
10) Goulburn Rail Heritage Center
Formerly known as the Goulburn round house, Goulburn rail heritage center is a very interesting place to visit. You will get to see rail engines, carriages and wagons from as early as early 18th century. It is quite an experience to see the old huge steam and diesel engines. The heritage center is very big. You will see some rare stuff such as mail vans used in earlier days. You can get guided tours. The tour guides are very informative and knowledgeable. There is a small shop with some pretty cool rail memorabilia. It is highly suggested to explore the yard before or after the tour. The center is usually closed on Mondays and timings are 8 am to 3 pm for the rest of the week.
9) Hibernian Hotel Goulburn
This is a must eat place if you are a tourist in Goulburn. The Hibernian hotel in Goulburn is famous for its stakes. There is a huge variety of other items as well. Fish and prawn dishes are also pretty good. The hotel features a cool sports bar where you can access your favorite sports and races. The bar is well stocked. Prices are also quite reasonable. If you are visiting the hotel with your family on Thursday’s, kids will eat free. You can also enjoy free live music every Friday and Saturday night.
8) Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
Goulburn regional art gallery has a beautiful building in the civic centre. This purpose-built building was designed by Phillip Cox. The gallery has about 300 works from the artists of surrounding areas. Being the only art gallery in about 100 kilometers radius, Goulburn regional art gallery is a hub of art activities in the region and serves as a visual art and craft educational resource for the region. The gallery hosts a number of events every year including exhibitions showcasing the works of the artists in the region. The gallery has some amazing pieces of arts and if you have interest in arts and culture, it is a must visit place for you.
7) Garroorigang Historic Home
This gorgeous heritage home will take you through 157 years of Australian history. The historic home has a nice personal touch, which is not very common with historic homes. The hosts will guide you through the curtains of history and will tell you the story of the the people who lived in this historic house. You can also get bed and breakfast accommodation at Garroorigang. The place has beautiful gardens, which are a famous wedding venue.
6) Bungonia State Conservation Area
Bungonia state conservation area is famous for rock-climbing. There are many scenic walks which you can take. The lookouts are amazing and give breath taking views. There is an electric BBQ area and the camping facilities are good as well. The place has easy access for disabled people. Bugonia state conservation area provides great opportunity for adventure seekers with plenty of raw caves, without tour guides. Fishing is also a great activity in Bugonia reserve.
5) Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum
The memorial was built as a tribute for the men of Goulburn who served in the first world war. It is a 20 meters high square tower made of concrete and stones. The names of those who served in the war are listed on a tablet inside the tower. The stairwell is lined with photos of the war time. There is a lookout gallery at the top of the tower. The lookout provides excellent views of the Goulburn city and the surroundings. There is also a small museum and a beautiful garden which are worth a stroll.
4) Goulburn Brewery
This is a 19th century brick brewery in Goulburn. This historic site attracts not only the tourists but the film makers as well. The place is very quiet. You will be provided with a map to have a self guided tour which includes free tasting. They still use the old methods to make beer which has a unique taste.
3) The Big Merino
The icon of Goulburn, The Big Merino is the worlds largest concrete sheep. It is a big tourist attraction. Kids love to have their photos taken with the Big Merino. You can even go inside the sheep. The inside has a museum with and a small shop from which you can buy souvenirs. You can even look outside from the sheep’s eye. When visiting Goulburn it is a must to have your photo taken with the Big Merino and have a sheep eye view of the world.
2) Belmore park
The park is situated in the center of the city. Belmore park features many ornaments and monuments. In this beautiful park you will find fountains, gardens, a glass house conservatory and memorials. The park also has picnic tables, toilet facilities and children’s play ground. A great family place to have picnic and a day out. There are also a number of restaurants nearby.
1) Adrenalin Skydive Goulburn
An experience of a lifetime, this is exactly what Adrenalin Skydive in Goulburn offers. Skydive with well trained professionals who have your safety in mind. You will be received by the hospitable staff who will guide you. The place has great ambiance. You will be briefed and prepared for the dive by instructors. Then you will take the jump with an experienced professional skydiver. Free falling at speeds of up to 200 km/hour for about 60 seconds will leave you with one of the most exciting experiences of your life. You will have the ultimate adrenaline rush. The best thing is that you can even buy the photos and videos of your skydive.