Although Seymour has been by-passed by the Hume Highway - the main road between Melbourne and Sydney - the large town 89km north of the capital remains a major service centre the surrounding rural community and the nearby Puckapunyal Army training base.
The Army Tank Museum at Puckapunyal has over 70 armoured vehicles, making it one of the largest armour museums in the Southern Hemisphere and a world-recognised military museum. As well as tanks, there are displays and artefacts relating to various conflicts in which the Royal Australian Armoured Corps has taken a role. It also has a fine collection relating to the Australian Light Horse corps.
The town of Seymour has some attractive historic buildings and structures including the Royal Hotel, the Old Courthouse (now a gallery and Visitor Information Centre) and the Old Post Office (now a restaurant and art gallery) and Old Goulburn Bridge. There are other galleries and antiques shops both in Seymour and in the surrounding villages and visitors can wile away a few hours browsing.
Seymour Railway Heritage Centre seeks to preserve the heritage rolling stock of Victorian Railways and runs heritage train trips which should be booked in advance. Visitors to the centre are requested to phone a few days in advance to confirm their visit.
Seymour sits attractively on the banks of the Goulburn River. There are a number of riverside parks, perfect for picnics, fishing or boating, including Goulburn Park, Rotary Park and Lions Park at New Crossing Place. The river is not suitable for swimming due to strong currents, but there is a new, sealed 4km riverside walk.
Seymour Bushland Park is former army land, now regenerating bushland. There are walking trails, birds, kangaroos and springtime wildflowers. Nearby, the Light Horse Memorial Park occupies the original training grounds for the Light Housemen. There are trails for both people and horses, riverside picnic areas and top views from Anzac Hill.
Tallarook State Forest is a popular spot with the locals for picnics, bushwalks, rock climbing, hang gliding and scenic drives. You can reach the top of Mt Hickey (also known as Mt Tallarook) by car for fine views across the district.
The Goulburn River is a magnet for water sports enthusiasts, with river cruises, boat hire, water skiing and rafting all popular. To the north of the town, the Nagamie Lakes area includes a top-class 2000m rowing and canoeing course as well as the historic Goulburn Weir.
Seymour is the gateway to the Goulburn Valley wine region. You can get the taste of the local table and fortified wines at a selection of nearby wineries including Somerset Crossing, Haywards and Hankin Estate.
Just to the south of Seymour lies the charming old town of Trawool. The town is set in the picturesque Trawool Valley which has been classified by the National Trust to protect its unique geology and its attendant flora, fauna and cultural environment.
Taste of the Goulburn (October), Victorian Wines Show at Puckapunyal (October)
Things to do:
Army Tank Museum - at Puckapunyal
History - huistoric buildings, Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
Riverside parks - picnics, fishing, boating, riverside walk
Water sports - river cruises, boat hire, water skiing, rafting
Bushland - Seymour Bushland Park, Light Horse Memorial Park, Tallarook State Forest
In the area:
Wineries - Goulburn Valley wine region
Nagamie Lakes - rowing and canoeing course, historic weir
Trawool - Historic town in unique valley