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The Big Merino
The Big Merino
Corner of Hume and Sowerby Streets
Goulburn, New South Wales, 2580
Phone: (02) 4822 8013
The Big Merino is a celebration of the Australian fine wool industry, showcasing fashion items from this brilliant and versatile natural fibre.
Opening hours over the holiday season
The big news for the Big Merino is that the renovations have finally been completed and after a 3 year closure you can once again climb up to the eyes and view the surrounds. After the 2007 move the Big Merino lookout was closed to the public as it did not comply with council safety regulation. In the past 3 years there have been many disappointed travellers, children and adults a like, so it is with a great deal of pleasure that we can now invite you to come and take the trip to the top.
And there is more great news...the new seasons range of Toorallie knitwear has arrived and features some really beautiful new styles and colours. Stock is limited so to avoid disappointment make sure you get in quick.
Snowy Peak merino possum knitwear has just launched a new line of casual and very affordable range of jackets and jumpers. This will be in store by the second week in March. There is also a fantastic range of childrens products.
The Big Merino was constructed by Adelaide builder Glenn Senner, using mostly local tradesman and took six months to build. The frame is steel, covered and shaped with wire mesh, sprayed and detailed in reinforced concrete and weighs in at 97 tonne. The architect was Gary Dutallis.
As the Goulburn bypass took effect on the city, Goulburn changed. The city expanded and a new development at the southern end meant that the Big Merino previously the first stop off the southern exit from the expressway was now stranded in no mans land. On the 26th May 2007 this grand structure moved 800 metres towards the southern exit to greener pastures.
The move has given Rambo a new lease on life with the construction of a new gift shop and a permanent exhibition from Australian Wool Innovation depicting the history of wool in Australia which is housed in the Big Merino structure. The second floor will eventually show all the stages of wool processing. Marshall Judd was commissioned to construct the under belly and three new legs representing a more complete, free standing model than previously shown.
The Big Merino gift shop displays an eclectic range of quality gift wear, cosmetics, crafts, souvenirs, opal and iron ore jewellry. We aim to supply our overseas and local visitors with the best quality products made from fine Australian merino wool. Our range includes Australian made ugg boots, locally hand-dyed gossamer-fine wool scarves, merino possum blend scarves, hats, jumpers and jackets, Mohair throw rugs and scarves, woollen doonas and underlays, pet doonas, medical and baby¹s sheepskins as well as plush sheepskins. Come and browse the amazing gift shop, learn about the history of wool in Australia, see how wool is processed.
If you would like to find out more about the Big Merino and view the full range of all our fantastic products please visit our website (see link above).
We look forward to seeing you at the Big Merino in Goulburn soon!