7.3 out of 10

Goulburn

Ranked 3rd best suburb in South Eastern
-34.7557255942876 149.720333825053
Great for
  • Schools
  • Internet Access
  • Parks & Recreation
  • Medical Facilities
  • Childcare
Not great for
  • Public Transport
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Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Singles
  • Country Lovers

Reviews

5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 2/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 3/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
6 days ago

"Goulburn - a great place to live or visit"

- First off, there are NO MORE water shortages. A pipe line was built several years ago to draw water from Wingecarribee Reserviour (I think thats the name).
- Homes are still affordable...for now, they have risen about 7-8% in 2017
- Aldi, Coles, Woolworths, Kmart, Target, Harvey Norman, Bunnings etc
- Plenty of cafes, restaurants, bars, pubs and clubs, a Cinema (Lilac Cinema), Aquatic Centre and plenty of parks including Belmore Park, Victoria Park and Wollondilly River walking track.
- Alot of housing construction happening with several new housing estates including Ravensworth, Belmore Estate, Mistful Park, Merino Country Estate, The Tillage and the bigger acreages near Run-O-Waters not far from the Big Merino (a gigantic ram)
- The CBD is transforming with plenty of restoration and beautification work being carried out by the Council. Its looking great.
- Great looking historical buildings throught the City, museums, golf courses, footy fields, other sporting centres, and heaps of local events held throughout the year (checkout the GoulburnAustralia facebook and other pages relating to Goulburn)
- Crime rate is very low
- Most if not all of Goulburn is NBN active
- Plenty of schools throughout the Council
- Its very peaceful with great neighbours where I live. Theres plenty of parking. Although the CBD and the Hume Street entrance/exit can be hectic especially on weekends.
- Theres an airport and train station (plus bus coach services).
- To Parramatta by car is about 1.5hrs, Canberra 1hr, Batemans Bay on South Coast is about 1hr 50min.
- The Council seem to be very busy promoting Goulburn to the government and working to attract business, and have been carrying out works throughout the City.
- Weather wise, it gets cold in winter (down to minus) and hot in summer (comparable to Sydney but less humidity), and it can get windy.

I have lived in Goulburn for about 1.5 years and I love it. Its beautiful, peaceful and I have great neighbours. Its very family friendly with plenty of open spaces, parks and the Wollondilly River walking track which is awesome. I love coffee and Goulburn has many cafes and restaurants. I have seen Goulburn growing with many homes being built, and the CBD is looking better and better. The Council seem to be forward thinking and are planning for a great future for Goulburn. The drive to Sydney is easy and Canberra is a stones throw away.


I recommend Goulburn to anyone for a visit or to live.
Pros
  • Ample doctors / medical facilities
  • Architecture
  • Easy parking
  • Schools, Parks, walking tracks
  • Cafes, restaraunts, pubs, clubs
  • Affordable homes, leafy suburbs, NBN active
Cons
  • Very slow train service
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Country Lovers
1/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 2/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 3/5
  • Nightlife 1/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 2/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Parking 4/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 4/5
Sep 23, 2016

"You'll never be a local"

I may not be "qualified" to comment on living in Goulburn as I moved away from there a few years ago after having had enough of the "small town mentality". Locals are nice enough to you when you are spending cash in their stores, but that's about it. We tried to become part of the community through volunteer work and having the kids in the local schools, the local kids are fine but when the parents started ostracising my children that was it. Best part of Goulburn is it's architecture & seeing it in the rear vision mirror when we finally managed to sell our home. By the way, you'll notice that a couple of the reviews on this page that give Gouburn it's high rating are estate agents - conflict of interest??
Pros
  • Architecture
  • Easy parking
  • Ample doctors / medical facilities
Cons
  • The locals
TanS
TanS Hello I have been looking at different areas as in friendly place to live in nsw or victoria I was looking at Goulburn until I read your review, think I will give it a miss now but just thought I would ask if you know of any nice areas, with a tafe campus near by thanks sorry for the long post as this is my first time
Dec 05, 2016
bobr4
bobr4 I think you will find that many small towns have this problem / attitude towards "outsiders", so maybe looking for areas with a larger / growing population will help to alleviate the issue. I can only comment on places I've lived & what happened to us in Goulburn left scars, so just make sure you do your research as it is not a pleasant experience. Good luck with your search
Dec 05, 2016
TanS
TanS Thank you
Dec 05, 2016
MathewN
MathewN You missed out. Making a decision based on one opinion is not recommended. Do your research, read the Council website, check out the online groups and forums including facebook, look at growth stats etc, go for a drive and look around (if you can). Just DONT rely on one person's opinion (no disrespect to that person at all).
6 days ago
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 4/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"Great place to live"

Excellent for families, close to Canberra, beaches. People are very friendly, property prices excellent.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
James Britton
James Britton I grew up in Goulburn and it isn't any where near 'close' to beaches.
Feb 20, 2017
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5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Cost of Living 5/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
5/5 rating details
  • Neighbourly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 3/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 5/5
  • Public Transport 2/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Wonderful Location"

So handy to Canberra (50mis), Sydney (2hrs), South Coast (1 hr 45 mins) and a great place to live. Amazing variety and great standard of restaurants and cafes, friendly, beaut place to raise kids.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
4/5
2yrs+

"Goulburn - Great rest stop"

Goulburn lies on the Princes Highway and is between Sydney and Canberra and is a rural area with many small towns in close proximity. Being only one hour from the coast adds an added dimension to the area. There are many wineries in the area and a visit to the Goulburn Brewery which is one of Australia’s oldest is a must. Other attractions include art galleries, antique and craft shops and of course The Big Merino. Goulburn has some good sporting facilities such as a large aquatic centre, golf course, and skate park. For motor sport enthusiasts Wakefield Park offer great motor sport action. There are walking tracks around the area with abundant bird and animal life. For the visitor wishing to stay overnight or for extended times there is accommodation to suite all budgets and places to eat that will satisfy all tastes.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Families with kids

Unranked Streets in Goulburn

Eleanor St

2.5/5
"For horse and sport lovers"
-34.7664893283 149.7290300792

Prince St

3.5/5
-34.7456060249 149.715806833

Hume St

3.5/5
"Busy Street But Easy Access to CBD and Canberra"
-34.770072 149.6947388

Furner St

4.5/5
"Quiet Handy Location"
-34.7621 149.70435

Betts St

4.5/5
"In Popular West Goulburn"
-34.75312 149.70314

Derwent St

3.5/5
"Quite living"
-34.73964 149.72671

Clinton St

2.5/5
"Busy but very handy"
-34.751893214 149.7050970963

Auburn St

3/5
"Easy access to facilities"
-34.7635216111 149.7109300779