Goondiwindi (1 Day's Stay)
Goondiwindi is found at the Junction of the Barwon, Bruxner, Cunningham, Liechhardt and Newell Highways as well as being on Qld & NSW border (on the banks of Macintyre River). As such the town has a noteworthy signpost in the main street giving the basic directions and distances to a number of major towns and cities.
The city's local history is on display at the Customs House Museum where a number of artefacts, books, journals and memorabilia can be perused as well as having some well kept gardens to enjoy. Nearby is the Border Bridge, a local landmark crossing the Macintyre River, where historically the customs collected duties for goods being transported between Queensland and New South Wales. An unusual treat is taking a tour of Macintyre Ginnery, one of world's largest cotton gins (tours only available from April to September) where you can see raw cotton being processed up to the point of being baled.
The Fairway Studio Art Gallery is worth a look with changing exhibitions, the work of local artists and artwork for sale. Of great pride to Goondiwindi is the story of the race horse Gunsynd (known as the "Goondiwindi Grey") with 29 wins over a few short years including 1971 Epsom Handicap, 1972 Cox Plate and a third in the 1972 Melbourne Cup. The Goodiwindi Grey was also celebrated in a 1973 song by Tex Morton. You can view memorabilia concerning Gunsynd at the Victoria Hotel and a statue in memory of the horse was erected in picturesque Apex Park.
These are some of the great destinations to see while exploring Goondiwindi. Be sure to add them to your list of places to visit.
- Barwon Highway, Bruxner Highway, Cunningham Highway, Liechhardt Highway, Newell Highway
- Macintyre River
- Customs House Museum
- Local history
- Macintyre Ginnery
- Tour of Cotton Gin (April to September)
- Gunsynd - 'Goondiwindi Grey' race horse
- Memorabilia at Victoria Hotel
- Gunsynd Statue in Apex Park
- Border Bridge crossing Macintyre River
- Fairway Studio Art Gallery, Exhibitions, local artists