Taking its name from the Aboriginal word goonawinna
for 'resting place for birds,' Goondiwindi is a large south Queensland town separated from NSW by the picturesque McIntyre River. The majestic red gums which line the river are the same trees which so impressed explorer Allan Cunningham when he camped on the banks of the McIntyre in 1827.
Set in the 25ha Western Woodlands, the Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens have emerged as a pacesetter in developing and conserving rare inland plant species. The district’s thriving economy is based on cotton, wheat, beef and wool.
The town itself is full of character, typified by the 100-plus-year-old Custom House which is now a museum, the Tree of Knowledge, historic Martha’s College and, of course, a statue of Goondiwindi’s greatest export - the mighty grey galloper Gunsynd
, which legendary trainer Tommy Smith prepared for most of its 29 wins in some of Australia’s greatest horse races.
- Spring Festival (October), Rodeo (November)
Things to do
Statue of Gunsynd - Apex Park, MacIntyre Street,
Tours of Bulk Grain - depot and cotton gin, in season
Visitor Information Centre - Maclean Street, Goondiwindi
In the area
Botanic Gardens - Western Woodlands
Boobera Lagoon - wildlife sanctuary