Goondiwindi - Cities, Towns and Localities
Located on the Queensland/New South Wales border, at the junction
of the Newell, Cunningham, Leichardt, Barwon and Bruxner Highways. A
friendly town with some 5,000 people and a further 6,000 in the
surrounding Waggamba and Moree Plains Shires.
The Macintyre River forms the State boundary between
Queensland and New South Wales and is the lifeblood of the area,
providing water for the town, stock irrigation and industry.
Goondiwindi is the commercial hub of a huge agricultural and
pastoral area which produces cotton, wool and pork for domestic
and overseas markets. Waggamba Shire is one of Australias premier
primary production regions.
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Goondiwindi lies on the southern edge
of the Brigalow Belt in an area where creeks and rivers criss-cross the
landscape. It is a region rich in bird life with over 200 species identified
including the spotted bowerbirds, plum-headed finches, grey-crowned babblers and
For a list of bird species, locations and bird trails pick up the "Bird Watching
in the Goondiwindi Region" brochure from the Visitor Centre above.
Located 23 km south-west of
Goondiwindi on the Boomi Rd
The are is a sacred Aboriginal site and is of
great cultural and spiritual significance to the Goomeroi people of the Toomelah,
Boggabilla and Goondiwindi area.
This permanent water body, which is 10.3 km long and 150 m wide was the home of
the Rainbow Serpent.
The lagoon also has significant archaeological value, containing several million
stone artefacts, including adzed, flake tools and stone grinding implements made
from local pebbles and transported silica.
Visitors and residents are able to go to Boobera Lagoon to view the flora and
fauna or to go picnicking. No powerboats or waterskiing is allowed on the
Spanning the MacIntyre River, this
historic bridge was built in 1914 and was once the main hub for freight crossing
the border between New South Wales and Queensland, where duties were collected
Callandoon Pioneers Cemetery
Located some 19 km
west of Goondiwindi on the Barwon Hwy, the cemetery contains 6 graves that date
from 1876. Only 2 headstones now stand.
Callandoon once had a post office, police barracks, goal and Court of Petty
Sessions Office. In 1848 Indigenous police were recruited and in 1859 it was
appointed a place for holding Courts of Petty Sessions.
Customs House Museum
McLean St, GOONDIWINDI Ph: 074671 3041
around 1850 on the northern bank of the MacIntyre River, the museum was a border
customs point before Federation. Built in the form of three room cottage with a
detached kitchen, a fire precaution of those times. The building was shingled
roof that covered walls of pit-sawn timber, morticed top and bottom into slots,
a building technique that was to decline towards the end of the 19th century.
Today, you can discover the history of Customs House in the authentically
restored building, filled with memorabilia, books and journals from those times.
The museum is surrounded by a cottage garden. Whilst here take the time to also
visit the restored Martha's Cottage next door.
Goondiwindi Botanic Garden of the Western Woodlands
Western outskirt of Goondiwindi
Enjoy the tranquillity exploring this 25 ha
gardens. The gardens are home to some unique plant communities of the Upper
Darling Basin. The area from which the plants are drawn stretches from the
mountains to the desert.
The garden features a 5 ha lake with a nesting island for native birds such as
spoonbills, wood ducks and pelicans. The lake provides an area for all types of
water-sports including canoeing and swimming.
There is a 2 ha landscaped area specifically for public recreation, with BBQ,
playground facilities, shelter sheds, toilet amenities, all weather gravel roads
and ample car parking.
The river walk is a 2 km
pathway that follows the town's levee bank. The walk starts at Riddles Oval in
Lagoon Street and takes in the hospital, Bowls Club, Boat ramp and the Border
Bridge Heritage Precinct. The path ends at the corner of Delacy Street and
Gunsynd The Goondiwindi Grey
Listed in 2004 as one
of Queensland top 12 icons, 'The Goondiwindi Grey, as he was affectionately
known by, won the hearts of many race-goers throughout Australia. In the late
1960s and early 1970s, Gunsynd had 29 wins, that included the 1971 Epsom
Handicap, the 1972 Cox Plate and was to come third in 1972 Melbourne Cup.
Such was his popularity that as well as poems and song, continuing the legend,
visitors come to Apex Park on the banks of the MacIntyre River to view and be
photographed beside the statute that has been erected in his honour.
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