Goulburn Travel Guide

  • The Caroline Chisholm Mosaic
    The Caroline Chisholm Mosaic
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    Jewish Cemetery - Headstone in Hebrew...
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  • Temperance Fountain
    Temperance Fountain
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Goulburn Highlights

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    balhannah says…

     A lovely city to have a look at. 

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    craic says…

     ... but they just do that to confuse you. 

  • In a nutshell
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     It is actually a rather beautiful little city. 

Goulburn Things to Do

  • Now for something completely different

    Graveyards are often interesting places. However, when they are backed by tin sheds with grandiose artwork, it makes them even more interesting.When arriving from the north (Sydney) this building is clearly visible on the western side of the main road.The graveyard has many memories of historical people, but to get some really meaningful history...

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  • Mortis Street Pioneer Cemetery

    The was the first Goulburn General Cemetery (Roman Catholics, Presbyterians and Methodists could use it) and was established in the late 1830s slightly later than the Anglican Cemetery of St Saviour’s located less then a kilometre from here at the other end of Cemetery Road. The Cemetery was officially closed for burials when the new and current...

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  • St Saviour’s Cemetery

    While there are a number of graves in the grounds of St Saviour’s Cathedral (mainly bishops, deans and other church officials) the cathedral's best known though now closed cemetery is located at Cemetery Road on the Sydney side of the City. While the crown grant designating this plot as a burial ground was not received until 1842 burials certainly...

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  • St Saviour’s Cathedral (Exterior)

    I have prepared two separate tips to comment on the interior of the cathedral – St Saviour’s Cathedral - Interior 1 and Interior 2. This tip covers the construction of, and the exterior of, the cathedralThis is one of the, if not the, most beautiful Gothic Revival churches in Australia. It is the Cathedral Church of the Anglican Diocese of Canberra...

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  • St Saviour’s Cathedral - Interior 1

    Prior to reading this tip (and (St Saviour’s Cathedral- Interior 2) you should read my tip St Saviour’s Cathedral (Exterior) which, in addition to telling you a little of about the building itself, provides some historical context which you may find useful for this tip.Internally the cathedral is on a fairly grand scale. Cruciform in plan, it has a...

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  • St Saviour’s Cathedral - Interior 2

    If you came upon this tip directly do have a look at my first tip on the interior of St Saviour’s and my tip on the exterior/history of the cathedral as they will provide context for this tip which continues from my first interior tip.The cathedral’s furnishings, many designed by the cathedral architect Edmund Blacket are certainly worthy close...

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  • The Masonic Temple

    Even were it not for the fact that this renaissance/classical style building is called “The Masonic Temple”, the iconic compass and square symbol atop the building immediately gives it away as a Masonic/ Freemason building. What intrigued me rather more about it was the two dates displayed there-on 1928 and 1890. For an organisation full of...

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  • The Railway and north Goulburn

    Please ensure that you have a map (pick one up from the tourist office on Sloane Street in the centre of town) before embarking on the sites mentioned in this tip. Anyone who been to Goulburn and up the WWI War Memorial on top of Rocky Hill will immediately recognise the viaduct in my main picture. When you come down into town it is nowhere to be...

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  • Goulburn Train Station

    If you are seeking information on current train travel options please see my separate transportation tip. This tip relates to the train station building and its history.For a number of years before it was finally opened in 1869, Goulburn had been agitating for a railway to link it with Sydney. The Sydney Railway Company had been formed in 1849 and...

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  • National Servicemen’s Memorial

    Just behind the Honour Roll in Belmore Park is the smaller National Servicemen’s Memorial which was erected in 2011. This is a memorial to all the National Servicemen from Australia who served in the Navy, Army and Air Force between 1951 and 1972, “especially those who paid the supreme sacrifice”. National Servicemen, or "Nashos" as they are...

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  • Goulburn-Mulwaree Honour Roll

    Typically (and especially so in the case of country towns in Australia) War Memorials occupy prime positions in the centre of town. Goulburn’s WWI and best known (art deco) war memorial is actually located on Rocky Hill on the outskirts of Goulburn and it was at this memorial that until fairly recently Goulburn’s annual Remembrance Day and ANZAC...

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  • Elmslea Clambers – Art Deco at its best

    I have to say I was rather surprised when I came across this building in Goulburn. I have got used to rather grand late 1800s civic buildings in country towns such at the courthouse here in Goulburn. Such buildings were built in boom times –a gold-rush and agricultural boom in this area. The 1900s and the depression saw a general decline across...

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  • Goulburn Post Office

    The grandeur of Goulburn's Post Office harks back to the late 1800s when Goulburn was a thriving regional centre - riding on the crest of both a gold and agriculture boom.The building's Victorian Italianate style is in keeping with the Court House, Town Hall (next door) and other civic buildings designed by the colonial (government) architect of...

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  • “More for ornament than use” - Goulburn...

    Looking at this magnificent Victorian Italianate Goulburn Courthouse brought back to my mind some of the grand colonial buildings of India. I certainly hadn’t anticipated seeing such a structure here in what I might unfairly call sleepy old Goulburn.Since Goulburn was the largest town in the district, this court house (the towns fourth and opened...

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  • Remembering the Forgotten - Boer War...

    The Second Boer War (1899–1902), which ended with the Treaty of Vereeniging and the conversion of the Boer republics into British colonies involved large numbers of troops from many British possessions right across the world. Seeing this Boer War Memorial beautifully located among the flowers in Belmore Park right in the centre of Goulburn got me...

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  • The Caroline Chisholm Mosaic

    As part of the ongoing restoration of Sts Peter and Paul's Old Cathedral, itself a building of national heritage significance which you should visit, the parish of Goulburn has honoured Caroline Chisholm through the creation of a beautiful mosaic depicting her contribution to immigrants arriving in Australia, mainly from the UK, penniless and...

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  • It's Green! - St Peter and St Paul’s Old...

    Yes, it is indeed green! It is green, I can assure you not because of the Irish connection (which I will tell you about shortly) but rather, because it is built from a locally quarried green diorite porphyrite igneous stone with a Marulan sandstone dressing (makes it sound rather like a salad!). The roof slates are from Bangor, Wales.This church,...

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  • Lighthouse or War Memorial?

    Normally one finds War Memorials and Cenotaphs centrally located within towns and cities and especially so in smaller country towns. Consequently it did strike me as a little odd that Goulburn’s memorial to those who served in World War I should be situated a few kilometres away from the centre of the city and atop a rocky hill. On first sight the...

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Goulburn Restaurants

  • Great traveller stop

    The Trappers Bakery of Goulburn is located just of the Hume Highway on the outskirts of Goulburn. Keep and eye out for some golden arches and as you get closer the Big Merinowhich is located across the road. A very popular stop en route between Canberra and Sydney. I always stop here for breakfast when going down to Sydney. Food is good (both range...

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  • Top ten pizza restaurants in Australia

    Sasso is a real find, amazing to find some of Australias best pizzas not in Sydney or Melbourne but Goulburn. Sasso has a really unique atmosphere with a casual ambience. There is a really strong sense of personality and pride in the food here. Everything from the music, a mix of anything from John Coltrane to Andrew Bird , to the quality of...

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  • Avoid this one

    I have been a Hungry Jacks Fanatic for many years.While most Hungry Jacks restaurants are clean and friendly this one was the worst ever.The crew was the saddest looking bunch I have ever seeni it would have killed any of them to smile.There were customers waiting to be served I would guess 40 or more and a pathetic manager stood watching them...

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Goulburn Nightlife

  • Ye Olde Style Watering Hole

    (Across the road from the Railway Station)Couple of pokies, cheap drinks, local identities (many of them local racing identities) minding their own business. Mostly minding their own business.I love this pub because it isn't at all tricked out.And because it is so old that it is thick with ghosts. All of them benign and, mostly, minding their own...

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  • ``FLAMINGO``

    Honestly that name says it all right??? Here the regulars call it `` dingoes`` The place opens at like 9pm, but ` anyone who is anyone` does not show their face in theretill midnight at the earliest.... closes at like 4am and then they head next door to the service station for a sausage roll with sauce.......... I went there once,,,, walked in,,...

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Goulburn Transportation

  • Take the Train or Drive

    The majority of visitors to Goulburn will come from either Canberra or Sydney and in reality the majority of people will drive and their stay in Goulburn will be a stop on their trip between Sydney and Canberra or Sydney and anywhere in the South or west of Australia.While it is worth calling in here for even an hour (lots of eating options around...

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  • Going to Goulburn

    Goulburn is only about 2 hours from Sydney and about an hour from Canberra, so it makes a perfect day trip or one-night trip from either city. There is daily bus and train services that go to the city.

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Goulburn Shopping

  • ``CENTRO ``

    Centro?? Even the name is crap,, used to be the Argyle mall.. that was even better than ``go to Centro`` this is what we have in there...............-Best and Less-Very small K-mart- a dollar shop- 3 jewelers- coles - 5 dress shops + 2 for men- a bag shop- telstra shop- a smoke shop- nick knack shop- kitchen wares shop- book shop- newsagency- 2...

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  • Good & Not-so Good Deals

    The Big Merino just happened to be where our coach stopped on our way to Sydney, back from Canberra, primarily for a meal break. Of course, there just happened to be the gift shop there, which called my name. I went over to it just to see... you know. There really wasn't any of the woolen goods that called my name - besides, I'm allergic to wool!...

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Goulburn Off The Beaten Path

  • Bungonia Gorge

    This gorge is an offshoot of the Shoalhaven River and is a popular spot for bushwalkers. There is a National Park office at the camp site which has good facilities for all. We spent a night there in the motorhome and had it all to ourselves.Next day I left for my early morning sojourn and skirted the rim of the canyon on the most popular (green)...

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  • WAR MEMORIAL

    Looks like a light house.. but its a war memorial....... even has light on top that rotates like a light house,,,,, but it`s a war memorial....... **when you drive into town from the north.. you will pass a ``cemetary``,,, just before the ``maximum security prison`` look up and to your left... can`t miss it........The bulb blew a while ago like...

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  • War Memorial

    Situated on a hill visible from the streets of Goulburn is the War Memorial, dedicated to those who lost their lives whilst fighting for Australia.There is a museum close by with an interesting display and there are some nice picnic spots with tables just below the base of the tower with commanding views of the countryside.

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    O it is just the coke machine - not Alison's mum!

    by craic Updated May 18, 2007

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    Favorite thing: Goulburn is so farkking literary.

    Miles Franklin (My Brilliant Career) was working at the local paper - which still exists on the main drag.
    Her book is well worth reading.

    AND one of my favourite Brit novels - The Magus by John Fowles - well the heroine is an Aussie Air Hostess who comes from Goulburn.

    But I think John had only ever seen the name on a map. Because Alison - the heroine of The Magus - describes her home town in cryptic crossword terms.
    "The first is what live there, the second is what you should do with it."

    I moved to Wingello and I discovered my literary epicentre was a short train ride away.
    So I rang our local stationmaster and asked when the trains to Goulburn were.

    I pronounced Goulburn as if it was Ghoul Burn.

    My stationmaster said - "Goalbin Goalbin as in coal bin."

    But in spite of John Fowles getting it so very wrong - every time my train pulls into Goulburn I think - I will meet Alison's parents.

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