Goulburn Travel Guide

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Goulburn Overview

Goulburn - half an hour from Canberra and just over two hours from Sydney is Australia's first inland city and the centre of the Southern Tablelands.

The city itself abounds in historical and heritage attractions, and has a vibrant social and cultural life. Goulburn is also within a few hours' drive from most of the attractions of the Tablelands. Goulburn is located at the confluence of the Mulwaree and Wollondilly Rivers. It is 194 km south-west of Sydney via the Hume Freeway and 640 m above sea level with a current population of 20 884 people.

Prior to European settlement, the Gundungura Aborigines inhabited the area. In 1798, John Wilson and his party became the first Europeans to see the Goulburn Plains. In 1818, the exploratory party of Hamilton Hume and James Meehan traversed the Plains and named them after Henry Goulburn, the British Secretary of State for the Colonies.

Goulburn is also home to the NSW Police Academy that occupies 48 hectares within the city.