Goulburn is a provincial city in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia in Goulburn Mulwaree Council Local Government Area. It is located 190 kilometres (118 mi) south-west of Sydney on the Hume Highway and 690 metres (2,264 ft) above sea-level. On Census night 2006, Goulburn had a population of 20,127 people. It brands itself as "Australia's first inland city", although this is a claim that the city of Bathurst also makes.
Goulburn was named by surveyor James Meehan after Henry Goulburn, Under-Secretary for War and the Colonies, and the name was ratified by Governor Lachlan Macquarie. The Aboriginal name for Goulburn is Burbong, a Murring/Wiradjuri word indicating a special Indigenous cultural area.
Goulburn is a railhead on the Main Southern line and service centre for the surrounding pastoral industry and a stopover for those travelling on the Hume Highway. It has a central park and many historic buildings, including old houses near the railway station on Sloane Street and two 19th-century cathedrals. It is home to the Big Merino, the world's largest concrete sheep.
Admire the city's architectural heritage in its buildings and cathedrals.
Take in the sweeping views from the Rocky Hill Lookout and War Memorial.
Wet your whistle at The Old Goulburn Brewery, in operation since 1840.
The oldest working industrial complex in Australia still brews traditional ales.
Enjoy a meal at an outdoor cafe or restaurant by the park. Rail buffs will enjoy the Rail Heritage Centre at the old Roundhouse.
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