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Welcome to Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum

Welcome to the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum, set on the banks of the picturesque Wollondilly River at Marsden Weir, Goulburn, New South Wales. Built between 1883 and 1885, the steam operated pumping facility provided Goulburn’s first reticulated water supply. The pumphouse still contains the original Appleby Bros. Beam Engine pump and Galloway Boilers. 

This rare  facility is the only complete, steam powered municipal water supply left in its original location, in the Southern Hemisphere. The buildings and engine are of national significance and are now protected by a permanent conservation order. The Waterworks is listed on the State Heritage and National Trust Registers.

We also are fortunate to also have a horizontal engine built by Hick, Hargreaves & Co, England in 1866.  While not original to the site it is demonstrates an earlier type and different style of a stationary steam engine.


Entry to the Goulburn Historic Waterworks Museum and grounds is available every Sunday from 10am – 4pm, Monday and Tuesday from 10am – 2pm, school (limited in July) and public holidays 10am-4pm. We have recently extended our opening hours to open Saturdays from September through to end of May. Group tours can be arranged by appointment on other days.

These beautiful pieces of machinery can be viewed in operation

throughout the year from 10am – 3pm.

Dates are listed on the left-hand side of this website.

Enjoy a picnic beside the picturesque Wollondilly River or wander through the Pumphouse Museum to enjoy a static display of the massive steam operated engines.  The kids will be entertained with the children's playground and colouring in and puzzle sheets.  There's a free electric BBQ too!