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Hugging the banks of the Macintyre River 350-kilometres south-west of Brisbane on the New South Wales border lays the country town of Goondiwindi, renowned for its wheat, cotton, beef and wool.

Get your town bearings on the three kilometre river walk lined in purple jacaranda trees, and take a dip in the 210 hectare National Heritage and Water Park - a purpose built channel popular with swimmers and boaties. Lay a picnic blanket in the barbecue area and tour the surrounding bushwalking and bird watching trails.

Shop along Marshall and Herbett Street's for homewares and country clothing and dine at the striking Victoria Hotel for lunch, with its black and white facade. Be sure to also venture to the native botanic gardens and lagoon lined in dragon boats, where the town hosts the annual gruelling triathlon event 'Hell of the West' at the start of each year.

Join a guided tour of the cotton gin and farm, nearby citrus orchards and local indigenous paper mill and gallery. Then hit the pavement on foot exploring the heritage-listed war memorial, civic centre and customs house museum. Don't forget to commemorate the famed Goondiwindi Grey statue of the Cox Plate winning racehorse Gunsynd near the Border Bridge built in 1914.

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Goondiwindi War Memorial


A towering soldier statue, now found in Goondiwindi's Town Park was one of the most expensive soldier monuments of its time marking WWI in Queensland. Governor Sir Matthew Nathan unveiled the six metre high memorial in September 1922, while in the south-west border town to observe an eclipse of the sun.

The life-sized grey sandstone soldier, standing on top of a red and grey polished granite column, polished blocked trachyte pedestal and a stepped concrete base, cost ?1,800. It was located in Herbert Street at that time.

The designer is unknown. The pedestal carries the gilded names of 325 locals who enlisted in WWI-providing invaluable insight into the community's involvement in the war. Of those, 54 (about one in six) died, underscoring the devastating impact the conflict had on a young nation.

The soldiers' monument was relocated to the park in 1949. At this time, a set of gates were erected as a WWII memorial, unveiled by Sir Thomas William Glasgow, a Gallipoli survivor who went on to stand up to high-ranking British officers in France, refusing their command to surrender at Villers-Bretonneux.




Marshall Street
Goondiwindi, QLD, 4390

Located 0.5K from Goondiwindi

Goondiwindi: Events

Racing fans will know Goondiwindi as the home of the famous Gunsynd racehorse, affectionately nicknamed the 'Goondiwindi Grey'.

Goondiwindi: Travel Tips

Goondiwindi Regional Visitor Information Centre


The Goondiwindi Regional Visitor Information Centre (VIC) is located within the Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre at 45 Bowen Street in Goondiwindi. It can also be accessed from 100 Marshall Street. This accredited VIC offers a one stop shop for travel information including free maps, Coffee Lovers Guides for coffee houses in town, brochures and information on surrounding districts, accommodation information and lovely local gifts to remember your stay.

There is free wi-fi accessible from the Goondiwindi Regional Council Desk, also located within this the Civic Centre building.

They also host the Gunsynd Museum - a must see for any horse lover or for people interested to learn more about the history of the magnificent Goondiwindi Grey: Gunsynd. In 2004 Gunsynd was the only animal named in the Queensland Icon's list. Gunsynd won the hearts of the people, and in the 1972-73 horse racing season he was named Australia's Champion Racehorse. The Gunsynd Museum houses many of Gunsynd's' accolades donated by his owners. It's a great memorial to this truly fascinating race horse.

Look for the big clock - that's where they are.




45 Bowen Street,
100 Marshall Street
Goondiwindi, QLD, 4390

Located 0.1K from Goondiwindi

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