Be enticed by the country charm of Australia’s first inland city and enjoy an amazing family weekend in Goulburn.
Goulburn is a hub for family fun and the ultimate destination for a summer holiday – perfectly positioned just two hours from Sydney, an hour from Canberra and just under two hours to the coast.
Let your family’s curiosity run wild with plenty of child friendly activities to form lifelong memories! Boasting a variety of beautiful walking trails, playgrounds, picnic areas, and more, it’s perfect for a family weekend in Goulburn.
Any family getaway to Goulburn wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Victoria Park precinct which features the Adventure Playground, skate park, rage cage and recently redeveloped Aquatic Centre.
The playground, which caters to all ages and abilities, has flying foxes, climbing nets, a maze and various other play structures.
The brand new Goulburn Aquatic and Leisure Centre is the perfect place to dive in and cool off during the summer months. Featuring multiple pools, a water play area and a café.
Explore the great outdoors
Escape the city and venture off the beaten track to explore unspoilt bushland, and discover the natural beauty and wildlife of the region. There’s plenty of great places for a bushwalk and a number of areas to throw a line in and try your luck with a spot of fishing.
Bungonia National Park offers a network of walking and hiking trails and is a top caving destination. Lookouts are aplenty with fabulous views over the Shoalhaven River and the Bungonia Gorge. The Park also offers a well-equipped camping area (bookings required).
Closer to the City you’ll be kept occupied taking in the sights along the picturesque Wollondilly River Walkway. Starting at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks, the four-kilometre pathway lends itself to walkers, runners and cyclists. Meandering along the river is a popular pastime for both locals and visitors, be sure to pack a picnic to stop along the way. If you have a kayak, the river is a lovely spot for a paddle.
To really immerse yourself in nature, visit the Goulburn Wetlands, a former brick pit rehabilitated for wildlife and regularly visited by birds such as pelicans, lapwings, ducks and honeyeaters all of which can be seen from the bird viewing hides dotted around the site.
Experience the grandeur and vibrancy of Australia’s first inland city
Being Australia’s first inland city, Goulburn is bursting with heritage architecture and fascinating stories of an eclectic past, combined with vibrant street-art and contemporary cultural experiences.
A walk around town on a Self-Guided Heritage Tour showcases the City’s grand historic buildings. The Goulburn Post Office provides insight into times gone by, whilst the recently reopened Sts Peter and Paul’s Old Cathedral – the only greenstone Cathedral in the world – offers a look at historic craftsmanship and religious tradition.
Visit the Gallery on Track or Goulburn Regional Art Gallery to admire the work of acclaimed local and regional artists or venture outside the Gallery for a leisurely stroll along the Self-Guided Public Art Trail, which takes in colourful street-art murals, sculptures and more.
Time your visit right to catch a show at the newly built Goulburn Performing Arts Centre or the historic Art Deco Lieder Theatre.
Engage in the bustling café culture
Indulge your senses with the region’s diverse spread of food and beverage. Goulburn is a destination featuring a variety of popular brunch spots.
Experience casual alfresco dining at its best at Valerie’s Sunroom, situated in the grounds of the Gehl Garden Centre, or take in the views over Belmore Park from The Park Café or Harvest Café while treating yourself to a delicious coffee or one of the many scrumptious menu items.
Located in the funky Russell Lane, the famous Goulburn Donut Shop is the perfect place to grab some fresh donuts and a milkshake and admire the stunning public artworks that adorn the building walls.
Stay in unique accommodation
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to accommodation in Goulburn, from intimate guest houses, quirky B&B’s, self-contained cosy heritage homes and pub stays, to sleek and modern hotels – Goulburn has a broad range of accommodation to suit every occasion and budget.
Unwind in one of the many comfortable and centrally located options, where it’s an easy walk to catch live music or dine in the heart of the City.
If you’d prefer to embrace the real country lifestyle, the choices are ample at one of the region’s many farm stays. Surrounded by rolling hills and untouched natural landscapes, you can also get up close and personal with a few friendly animals. Towrang Farm Stay provides a traditional country cottage experience, set amongst the roses and complete with a variety of farm animals.
For the more adventurous family, spend a night or two (or more) under the stars in the comfort of your own tent, caravan or cabin at the camping options in the City or surrounding national parks and reserves.
To start planning your summer holiday to Goulburn Australia, visit: www.goulburnaustralia.com.au.
You can also check out the Big Merino while you’re in Goulburn, one of Australia’s famous ‘big things’!