Goulburn, population 21,300, 200 kilometres, 125 miles southwest of Sydney, is the largest city on the Southern Tablelands and also Australias first inland city in Gundungurra country. The town is marked by a giant replica merino sheep, which signifies the importance of the wool industry, or for Goulburn as the fine wool capital of the world. Nineteenth century buildings mix with the more modern and are a reminder of Goulburns pastoral heritage.
The Great South Road was re-routed in the 1830s and Goulburn was placed in its route for the first time, rendering Goulburn a major stopover and regional centre.
An obvious attraction is ‘The Big Merino’, a replica sheep 15 m high and 21 m long. It is the focal point of a complex, which displays the area’s wool industry with sales of crafts and other produce made from wool.