Regional tourism has experienced a welcome boost during COVID-19 border closures with two historic landmarks in Goulburn proving particularly popular and coming as quite a surprise to locals.
The Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum and the Goulburn Historic Waterworks are just two of the landmark locations in the region driving a significant increase in visitor numbers.
Visitation at the Goulburn Historic Waterworks increased from 8484 visitors in 2019/20 (which included a 10-week closure due to COVID-19) to 18,061 in the 2020/21 year, to the beginning of May.
At the Rocky Hill War Memorial and Museum, visitation more than doubled from 20,147 visitors in 2017/18 prior to the museum opening, to 42,212 through to the start of May this.
Goulburn Mulwaree Council said this has come at the perfect time for the region with recent investments in a number of tourist locations.
“We have been focused on projects that benefit our local residents but also attract people from other regions and international areas when borders are open,” said Mayor Bob Kirk.
“The Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum is just one of those projects completed during this four-year term and we have seen visitation to the tower and museum more than double this financial year in comparison with 2017/18.
“Another example is our soon-to-be completed Performing Arts Centre, with an opening event being planned for February 2022. A busy calendar of amazing shows is sure to attract people from around NSW to our great city.”
The current exhibition at the museum is titled ‘Objects of National Significance: When war trophies came to Goulburn’ and showcases 16 objects of national significance from the substantial CEW Bean WWI war trophy collection.
Rocky Hill War Memorial Museum was completed in early 2020, the $2.5 million project jointly funded by Goulburn Mulwaree Council and the federal government which gave $1.25 million through the Building Better Regions Fund.