Goulburn is reputed to be the oldest inland city in Australia (although Bathurst disputes this) and as such has some lovely historical buildings.  The jewels in the crown are St Saviour Cathedral and the court house, but there are many other architectural points of interest.  St Peter and St Pauls church is just a couple of hundred metres from St Saviour and is worth a walk past, especially to contrast the different building materials (St Saviour is yellow sandstone, St Peter and St Pauls an almost greenish volcanic stone) 

A walk up behind St Saviour will reveal some lovely homes - some large and gracious, others small workers cottages - they all have their own charm.  Some of the buildings around Hurst Street and Cowper Street are worth a look.  Montague Street has an interesting mixture of old buildings, including one lovely Art Deco style office.  Grafton Street is also worth a stroll.

Belmore Park, right in the middle of town, always looks beautiful and is a lovely place to stop and have a rest and enjoy a picnic.

 A couple of other historical points of interest:

  • The Goulburn Brewery on Bungonia Road
  • The Towrang Bridge and stockade, just off the highway on the Sydney side of town
  • The old waterworks on the Crookwell Road; it only "steams" a couple of days a month, but go if you get the chance

There is a walking track the runs right along the Wollondilly River and Mulwaree Ponds.  A couple of the nicest and most accessible sections are along Blackshaw Road or the section through the golf course between Tarlo Street and McDermott Drive.

The war memorial lookout provides an excellent view over Goulburn and the surrounding agricultural country.  There are a myriad of tracks for mountain biking and running in the Mt Gray Reserve.

The Big Merino has recently been moved and had a facelift.  He is right on the edge of town on the Canberra side, and looks very content in his new location.

Bungonia Gorge, about 30km from town, is well worth a drive.  Visitors can simply enjoy the views, and it really is quite breathtaking, or do several walks, including some fairly strenuous ones into the gorge or down to the Shoalhaven river.

Autumn visitors will be rewarded with a fine display of autumn colours.

Goulburn is another of those country towns that doesn't have thrill a minute attractions, but it does have a quiet charm for one prepared to look around a bit.  It is also an excellent location for basing yourself to tour the local area.  Within an easy drive are charming high country villages (Crookwell, Taralga and Laggan, and Braidwood in the other direction), the sophistication of the Southern Highlands (Berrima is a must), Canberra - Australia's national capital, great bushwalking (Bungonia and other locations) and a myriad of other activities.