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Goulburn - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘The City of Roses’

Goulburn War MemorialNamed after Henry Goulburn Secretary of State for War and the Colonies, Goulburn is Australia’s oldest inland city being declared as such on 14 March 1863. In the early years the areas was known as Argyle in honour of Governor Macquarie’s native Scotland town of Argyle. Goulburn’s 1st street plans were drawn up in 1828 and in the early days had a reputation as a garrison town with few women and a rough atmosphere.

Two aboriginal tribes inhabited the area before white settlement the Gandangara and the Ngunawal peoples. Both tribes came into contact with white people in the early 1820’s most of their languages and customs eventually being lost. The Ngunawal managed to survive the ravages of disease and dispossession only to then be assimilated into white society.

Today Goulburn is a bustling rural city with many fine colonial buildings gracing its wide streets, being a centre for rural industries and manufacturing, the city also boast a fine array of parks and gardens and the magnificent cathedral St Saviours.

Rotunda in Goulburn Park
Each year Goulburn hosts a number of festivals including the Annual Goulburn Rose Festival that coincides with the annual Goulburn Heritage Festival. Over 22 rose gardens are on display during this period some of them showcasing the famous City of Goulburn Rose a spectacular apricot and copper toned rose.

Check out our listing of Goulburn accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.

Information Centre Goulburn Court HouseGoulburn Visitors Information Centre
201 Sloane Street
Ph:  02 4823 4492
Freecall: 1800 353 646
Fax: 02 4822 2692

Goulburn Attractions

Goulburn Regional Art Gallery
• Ph: 02 4823 4443 • Email
• Aims to serve as a major cultural resource of visual art and craft practice, theory and education for the City.
Waterworks Museum
• Marsden Weir (off Fitzroy Street), GOULBURN NSW 2580 • Ph: 4823 4448 • Email
• Goulburn’s original steam driven water supply. Tours of the Pumphouse museum to see the 100 year old Appleby Beam Engine and Hicks Hargraves Corless Valve Engine under steam.
Bird Life in the Goulburn District
• Goulburn Field Naturalists Society • Ph: 02 4844 4234
• A list of birds found in the district can be obtained from the Goulburn Visitor Centre.
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Goulburn Events

New South Wales Events
Australian Blues Music FestivalAustralian Blues Music Festival
• 201 Sloane St, GOULBURN NSW 2580
• Contact Goulburn Visitors Information Centre: 1800 353 646 • Ph: 02 4823 4492
• 2nd weekend of February
• The national festival of Australian Blues, held annually in early February, in a celebration of blues music held in pubs, clubs, restaurants, cafes and other venues around Goulburn.
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