Australian Blues Festival 2018: Everything you need to know

Photo: Rob Deutscher. Insets: Supplied.
Photo: Rob Deutscher. Insets: Supplied.

From humble beginnings in 1997, the ‘friendly little festival’ has grown into a 22-year-old must see event on the Goulburn calender.

From February 8 until February 11, 11 venues will open their doors, the city’s main street will come alive with busking and the grounds of Belmore Park will be transformed with markets and the APRA-AMCOS stage. 

Where:

Venues include:

  • The Hibernian Hotel at 145 Auburn Street – (02) 4821 3668
  • Workers Club – 236 Auburn Street – (02) 4821 355
  • Tatts Hotel – 76 Auburn Street – (02) 4823 6134
  • 98 Chairs Restaurant – 98 Auburn Street – (02) 4821 1155
  • Railway Bowling Club – 271 Sloane Street – (02) 4821 2782
  • Goulburn Club – 19 Market Street – (02) 4821 3300
  • Belmore Park Apra- Amcos Stage, Aubrun Street
  • Southern Railway Hotel – 188 Sloane Street – (02)4821 2782

For those travelling to Goulburn:

For a little more about Australia’s first inland city head here.

  • By train or bus from Canberra: Countrylink have daily services. Click through for timetable information and to make bookings.
  • By train from Melbourne, Wagga and Yass:  Daily services depart Melbourne and stop in Wangaratta, Wagga, Cootamundra, Yass and Gunning.  Click through for more information. 
  • By train from Sydney: Multiple services run daily from central Sydney to Goulburn via the Southern Highlands. Visit www.cityrail.info for more information. 
  • By road: Goulburn is located on the Hume Highway 195 kilometres south-west of Sydney and 90 kilometres north east of Canberra. 

Cost:

Free, free, free!

Who:

Lloyd Spiegal

Geoff Achison

Minnie Marks

Nick Charles

Ali Penney & The Money Makers

Jan Preston

 Justin Yap Band

 Dan Dinnen & Shorty

Other acts include:

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What else can I see in Goulburn?

Aside from the world famous giant merino honoring Goulburn’s rich heritage in the wool industry, there is plenty to see including the spectacular Wombeyan Caves, the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum (which some joke is Australia’s only inland lighthouse) and the Historic Waterworks.

If that isn’t enough, take a drive or a stroll through town and enjoy the beautiful heritage buildings of the city. 

A TOURIST MAGNET:  Barely ten minutes goes by without Rambo being the background subject of a selfie.

A TOURIST MAGNET: Barely ten minutes goes by without Rambo being the background subject of a selfie.

Enjoy the festival!