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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 Australia’s premier primary production regions.

Check our our listing of Goondiwindi accommodation. In addition to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions, tours, local maps and other information.
Information Centre Goondiwindi & Waggamba Visitor's Information Centre
Cnr McClean and Bowen Streets
GOONDIWINDI QLD 4390
Ph: 07 4671 2653
Email
Web: www.goondiwindirc.qld.gov.au/web/guest/visitors/about_our_place.shtml
Open
7 days 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Hours may vary, contact visitor centre
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Goondiwindi Attractions

Bird Watching
• 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 freckled ducks.

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.
Boobera Lagoon
• 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 lagoon.
Border Bridge
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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 by Customs.
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
• Built 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.
Goondiwindi Riverwalk
• 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 MacIntyre Lane.
Gunsynd • The Goondiwindi Grey
• Apex Park • 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.

Source: Waggamba Shire & Goondiwindi Town


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Goondiwindi Events

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The Handmade Expo
• Goondiwindi PCYC, 1 Russell St, GOODIWINDI QLD 4390
• Dates: see The Handmade Expo
• The Handmade Expo is a large market with over 70 stalls of lovingly handmade goods for sale.

The Handmade Expo 


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Goondiwindi Distance

Distance to Goondiwindi
• Following are some approximate distances by road to Goondiwindi:
  Km
• Brisbane 348
• Condamine 195
• Cunnamulla 500
• Dalby 213
• Moree, NSW 124
  Km
• Roma 368
• St George 206
• Texas 113
• Toowoomba 225
• Warwick 199
Distances given are only approximation, they should be verified with the appropriate maps.
The Australian Automotive Motoring Associations also offer select access to travel trip planners.

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