It has a rich history, from the early days as the administrative and judicial centre of the south-west of NSW (in fact, the NSW Police Academy is located here) to the discovery of gold in the 1850s to its position for most of the 20th Century as the wool capital of Australia.
The town was also the main pitstop between Sydney and Canberra, as motorists and trucks thundered through its streets until the freeway was built in the 1980s.
Today Goulburn has new life as a growing city in the 21st century, with businesses and industries more appropriate to the new millennium such as logistics and other service industries.
Agribusiness is still a big part of Goulburn’s identity as the increase in ‘tree change’ residents has raised the potential for more boutique and hobby farming in products such as alpacas, lavender, native seeds, olives, wine, truffles and timber.
Aussie Goulburn franchisee Jeff Norman said Goulburn has a “friendly people, a fantastic country lifestyle, and is a great place to raise kids.”
“We have much cheaper housing than the city, or the ACT …. just ask all those moving here from Canberra who now commute back to ACT for work.”
According to the Rate Your Place feature on ninemsn’s Your Home site, Goulburn is in the Top 100 rated suburbs from around the country.
Lifelong resident Debbie writes: Great location midway between Sydney & Canberra with flowing freeways all the way – not like the Blue Mountains or north out of Sydney! Friendly community that welcomes newcomers of any cultural background, and affordable real estate.
And Rowan adds: “Firstly Goulburn has plenty of water! We are 2 hrs drive from Sydney CBD and 1 hr from Canberra. We have a good hospital, excellent medical care, good schools and all the sporting clubs you can think of. A brand new 4 bedroom home will cost $350K. Bargain.”