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Goulburn's blend of city amenities with a country lifestyle provides the best of both worlds.

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Location

Goulburn is a regional city approximately 195 km south-west of Sydney (2 hr drive) and 90 km north-east of Canberra (60 min drive).

The Big Merino, a star attraction in Goulburn, is a three storey structure built in 1985 as a celebration of the Goulburn district's fine wool industry.

How to get there

The nearest airport is at Canberra (60 min drive), it provides services to capital cities, regional destinations and an increasing number of international locations. 

Train services run from Goulburn to Sydney and Melbourne, and coach services run from Goulburn to Sydney and Canberra.

There is also a local bus service.

Population

Goulburn is home to more than 22,000 people, the median age of residents is 40 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up more than 4% of the population.

Goulburn is located within the South Eastern NSW Primary Health Network, this Population Health Profile provides an overview of community health for the region.

Healthcare facilities

Goulburn Base Hospital is an 80 bed public district hospital. It offers 24-hour emergency services as well as intensive care facilities, medical admissions, maternity, paediatrics, renal dialysis unit, radiology services, cardiac stress testing, community health, allied health, mental health, palliative care, cardiac rehab/ pulmonary rehabilitation, pathology, renal dialysis, oncology and clinical education.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station at Goulburn.

Accredited GP practices

  • Argyle Medical Centre
  • Goulburn Health Hub Medical Centre
  • Goulburn Medical Clinic
  • Marima Medical Clinic

  • Industry

The major industry sectors employing residents of Goulburn are: hospitals, aged care residential services, supermarket and grocery stores, social assistance services, and takeaway food services.
  • Education

Goulburn has a well-established education network with two public secondary schools, one private secondary school, and 15 primary schools. There is a TAFE Campus and the Goulburn Country Universities Centre.  
  • Childcare

For young families, Goulburn has numerous facilities offering a range of pre-school, early learning, day care, outside school hours care, childcare, and family day care services.  
  • Shopping

Goulburn’s two modern shopping centres offer over 50 specialty stores. The town also has three supermarkets: Woolworths, Coles and Aldi. Well known stores include Kmart, Target, Home Timber and Hardware, Harvey Norman, Sportspower, Athlete’s Foot, Cotton On and Jeans West.
  • Places of worship

There are a number of places of worship in Goulburn including Catholic, Anglican, Presbyterian, Seventh Day Adventist, Jehovah’s Witness, Greek Orthodox and Uniting churches. The nearest Buddhist temples and Muslim mosques are located in Canberra (60 min drive from Goulburn).
  • Points of interest

Attractions include the Regional Conservatorium, a community performing arts theatre, cinema complex, art galleries, museums and library. Shop the many antique and second hand stores, or for local produce, arts and crafts visit the weekend markets. Goulburn hosts annual food, music and history festivals.
  • Sporting activities

Goulburn has more than 60 sporting clubs, 30 sports grounds, gyms and personal training, yoga and Pilates studios, and an aquatic and leisure centre that includes outdoor and heated indoor pools.
  • Community groups and activities

In Goulburn community groups and volunteer organisations include the Country Women’s Association, Rotary Club, Lions Club, and the Women’s Breakfast Club. A listing of groups and their contact details are available at Goulburn New Residents Guide.
  • Social media groups

There are many social media pages and groups dedicated to life in Goulburn. Good places to start are the Facebook pages: Goulburn Community Notice BoardOn the grapevine – GoulburnWhat’s on in Goulburn and Goulburn Buy Swap and Sell.