Marulan, New South Wales

New South Wales

Mural at Marulan which says that it lies on the 150 meridian
Coordinates 34°43′S 150°00′E / 34.717°S 150.000°E / -34.717; 150.000Coordinates: 34°43′S 150°00′E / 34.717°S 150.000°E / -34.717; 150.000
Population 1,382 (2011 census for the State Suburb)[1]
Established 1868
Postcode(s) 2579
LGA(s) Goulburn Mulwaree Council
State electorate(s) Goulburn (from 2007 election)
Federal Division(s) Hume

Marulan is a small town in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia in the Goulburn Mulwaree Council local government area. It is located south-west of Sydney on the Hume Highway, although it bypasses the town proper. Marulan lies on the 150th meridian east. It has a railway station on NSW TrainLink's Southern Highlands Line. Marulan was previously known as Mooroowoolen.

At the 2011 census, the State Suburb of Marulan (which includes a surrounding area of 427.8 square kilometre) recorded a population of 1,382 people.[1] The smaller Census region of the "Urban Centre" of Marulan recorded a population of 587 people.[2]


In the early years of European settlement at Sydney, exploration southwest of Sydney was slow. In 1818, Hamilton Hume and James Meehan reached "the Goulburn plains" for the first time. Governor Lachlan Macquarie ordered the construction of the Great South Road (the basis of the northern end of the Hume Highway) in 1819 from Picton to the Goulburn Plains.

Marulan's 150E monument (2002) beside the Hume Highway.

The southern part of Macquarie's road ran from Sutton Forest roughly along existing minor roads to Canyonleigh, Brayton, Carrick and Towrang, where it joined the current route to Goulburn. Branching from this route (now called the Illawarra Highway at this point) just south of Sutton Forest, a road, now known as Old Argyle Road, developed in the 1820s. It ran to Bungonia, via Wingello, Tallong, and the southern outskirts of Marulan, all, except Wingello, located in Argyle County,[note 1] along with Goulburn.[3] In the early 19th century Bungonia was expected to become a major centre, but it subsequently proved unsuitable for intensive agriculture.

When Thomas Mitchell rerouted the Great South Road in the 1830s, he decided to bring these two roads together and build a junction at old Marulan, with roads proceeding to Goulburn and Bungonia.[3] When the Main Southern railway reached Marulan in 1868, the town migrated 3 km north to the railway station. Nevertheless, the old cemetery remains at the Bungonia Road intersection. A quarry is being developed near the intersection, so an interchange has been built there.


  1. Counties never became serious units of government in New South Wales, but they are still referred to in land titles.


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  1. 1 2 Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Marulan (State Suburbs)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Marulan (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  3. 1 2 Lay, Max (1984). History of Australian Roads. Australian Road Research Board. ISBN 0-86910-164-1.
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