Marulan is the next town along the Hume Highway when traveling south. Marulan has many historic links and markets itself quite correctly as an historic community. Heritage is clearly important. Marulan has suffered to a greater degree of economic decline with the Hume Highway by-pass than most of the other towns on this busy route.
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.