One of the things that strikes the eye when you drive into Goulburn is the huge Merino Sheep monument on the side of the road, and you would guess right to think that you have arrived in wool growing country. Goulburn in central NSW
is one of the biggest and richest wool growing areas in Australia. Located 196km south west of Sydney
, a stroll through the streets here is like a step beck in time due to the historical chapels, buildings and cathedrals that line the streets of Goulburn. The city was created in 1864 and was the last town in the British Empire to be created a city by the Royal Letters Patent.
Bungonia State Conservation Area
Lookouts of the Bungonia Gorge falls and canyons. Lookdown Road, Bungonia (02 4844 4277)
Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum
This unusual museum set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River at Marsden Weir and was built in 1885. Highlights are the original steam operating pumps, engines and boilers, and is known to be the only complete original working engine water supply in the Southern Hemisphere. Marsden Weir (02) 4823 4462.
Goulburn War Memorial
This War Memorial is dedicated to the men who died during the First World War (1914-1918). It is a rough stone square tower that stands 20 metres high and was built in 1924 by the local townsfolk. You can walk to the top of the tower via and internal staircase and there is a stunning view of the countryside from the top. There is military museum at the entrance to the memorial. Memorial Drive, Rocky Hill, Goulburn.
Francis Greenway designed this building and it is the oldest working industrial complex in Australia. There are tasting of the traditionally brewed ales with self-guided and guided tours available. Bungonia Road, Goulburn (02 4821 6071).
Goulburn's Rail Heritage Centre
Here you can have a guided tour of a railway workshop and 1918 roundhouse where veteran locomotives and rolling stock are under restoration.
The Big Merino
The huge sheep is easy to see and inside has three floors wiht souvenirs and displays on history of wool in the area. Hume Highway.
Walks with waterfalls, canyons and lookouts. 76km north of Goulburn (02 4843 5976).