An easy one-hour drive up the Federal Highway from Canberra is the historic town of Goulburn. Now home to more than 23,000 residents, it was declared Australia’s first inland city back in 1863.
While it’s a town with a rich history and heritage architecture, Goulburn is also increasingly becoming known for its restaurants, museums, galleries, boutique shops and festivals.
Eat & Drink
Even for those just driving by on the highway, it’s always tempting to pop into award-winning Trappers Bakery, where you can tuck into freshly made pies, sausage rolls, cakes and danishes. Sitting in a restored school hall, The Roses Cafe serves up quality cafe fare, with everything made in-house.
See & Do
Goulburn is home to one of Australia’s iconic “big things” – the Big Merino, which greets you on the drive in from Canberra.
For the best views of the city, visit Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum, or right in the heart of town, Belmore Park is a leafy spot for enjoying the outdoors or exploring the gardens.
Following the free public art walk is a great way to explore local contemporary art on foot, or step back in time with a visit to the Goulburn Rail Heritage Centre.