Goondiwindi Tourism & Travel
Located on the Queensland - New South Wales border, Goondiwindi is situated in high country some 216 m above sea level in the Darling Downs and is about 805 km from Sydney and 362 km from Brisbane.
Goondiwindi - Aboriginal History
The name Goondiwindi was derived from a word in the tongue of the traditional Aboriginal owners of the Darling Downs, the Kamilaroi people. To the nomadic Kamilaroi clan, 'gundawinda' meant 'resting place of the birds'. Ducks and birds were important to the Kamilaroi Aboriginals as seasonal food sources.
Goondiwindi - History
In 1827 Peter Cunningham was the first explorer in the Goondiwindi area on an expedition sponsored by Captain Peter Macintyre; the Macintyre Rive was named in his honour. The first settlers arrived in the 1830s a property was named 'Gundawinda'. In 1859 Queensland became a colony in its own right withGoondiwindi and the Macintyre River the border; the Customs House was built and between 1872-1894 it was an important police centre to control illegal trading between Queensland and NSW. In the last quarter of the 20th century, Goondiwindi gained national fame when a local racehorse, Gunsynd, had 29 important wins, including the 1971 Epsom Handicap, the 1972 Cox Plate and a third in the 1972 Melbourne Cup. A pop song about Guysynd reached number 5 in the National Pop Charts.
Goondiwindi - Today
Today Goondiwindi continues to hold an important position on the border of Queensland and New South Wales at the junction of the Cunningham, Newell, Bruxner, Barwon and Leichhardt Highways. With a population of some 5,000Souls, Goondiwindi is the major rural district in the McIntyre Valley and produces wheat, cotton, beef and wool. With some 30,000 hectares of cotton, worth $100 million grown under irrigation and ginned locally in one of the world's largest cotton gins, the Macintyre Cotton gin, cotton is the biggest contributor to local wealth.
Goondiwindi - Attractions
The Goondiwindi Museum is located in the old customs House and contains many interesting local artifacts; the well-preserved Victoria Hotel was built in1898 and is a classic old Queensland pub housing much Gunsynd memorial. The spectacular Macintyre Cotton Gin encourages visits between April and September to view the process from raw cotton bole to baling. The Goondiwindi River Walk is interesting, with abundant bird and other wildlife on 2 km walk along MacIntyre River; see the statue to the 'Goondiwindi grey' - the famous race horse Gunsynd. The Botanic Gardens of Western Woodlands are 25 ha of plants native to the Darling Basin.
Goondiwindi - Nearby Attractions
Some 125 km away is the Southwood National Park, a forest park was once known as ' Wild Horse Paradise' and some 49 km away from Goondiwindi is Toobeah, a small town famous for its horse events.