Goulburn - Home of the Big Merino

Goulburn is Australia's first inland city, and is a regional rural centre incredibly rich in heritage and natural beauty.

Goulburn and the surrounding towns and villages combine all the benefits of city services with a country lifestyle and hospitality. Goulburn is situated two hours drive from Sydney and an easy one hour drive from Canberra. A number of national parks surround the Goulburn region with a network of tracks and lookouts with spectacular river and canyon views. Outdoor activities include rock climbing, caving, abseiling and bushwalking.

The seasons are distinct with hot dry summers, followed by spectacular autumn colours and traditional cool climate winters. In spring the City comes to life with lilac and roses. Goulburn Tourism has further information about the region.


The main hospital is the Goulburn Base Hospital which was originally built as a hospital for 24 patients in 1887.  Today the hospital has about 70 beds, including: 25 medical, 20 surgical, 6 ICU, 10 O&G, 10 day only unit and 6 paediatric beds.

A new Sub-Acute Rehabilitation wing was opened in June 2013.  The $10.4 million facility has a 20 bed unit with a mix of one and two bed in-patient bedrooms.  The facility also includes a gymnasium, a dining room for patients, lounge rooms, a state of the art kitchen, an external raised courtyard, external paths and rehabilitation areas and an undercover area supporting plant and hospital equipment.

Also in Goulburn are:

Chisholm Ross Centre

  • 20 bed acute psychiatry

Kenmore Hospital

  • Only 2 active wards now – psychogeriatric patients, forensic psychiatry, transition ward

Bourke Street Health Service (St John of God Hospital)

  • 17 beds
  • Rehabilitation, palliative care, geriatrics
  • Oncology and Radiotherapy clinics (TCH specialists)

Australian National University Rural Clinical School

In 2006 three students completed their third year in Goulburn.  This number rose to 5 students in 2007, 6 students in 2008 and since 2009 has been 8 students.  The ANU maintains four separate residences for the students to live in during their year in Goulburn.

The University has a purpose built education unit in the Goulburn Base Hospital grounds containing lecture facilities with video conferencing, student computers and administrative offices.

Updated:  26 May 2018/Responsible Officer:  Dean, Medical School/Page Contact:  Webmaster, Medical School