If you are planning a trip through Southern Queensland country, Goondiwindi is a great town to visit, whether that be for a rest on a road-trip or a stay. Be sure to pull in, because you might just fall in love. In the meantime though, here are ten things that you may not know about Goondiwindi!
1. Goondiwindi sits on the junction of five major highways.
2. The town sits on the New South Wales and Queensland border, exactly 805 km from Sydney and 362 km from Brisbane.
3. Goondiwindi produces a diverse range of crops and fibres and grows some of the best cotton in the world! You can get up close and personal with a working cotton farm with a Goondiwindi Cotton tour.
4. The name was derived from the Aboriginal word, Goonawinna, meaning “the resting place of the birds”.
5. Almost 6000 locals live in Gundy, with many more in surrounding areas!
6. Goondiwindi is home to an array of fantastic pubs. If you are passing through the area, we recommend stopping in at the historic Victoria Hotel to check out the architecture. While you are there, get a local’s look at Gundy on a Beer and Bulls**t Tour, run by the pub. Tours run for approximately an hour, and take you through the hotel. The tour is jam-packed full of local facts and humour.
7. According to our friends at Creek to Coast, there are some fantastic fishing spots in the area that are home to an abundance of Murray Cod and Golden Perch.
8. Gunsynd, the famous ‘Goondiwindi Grey’, hailed from Goondiwindi before he went on to win four major mile races and the Cox Plate in 1972. A statue in his honour can be found near the original Border Bridge.
9. Goondiwindi is home to one of Australia’s toughest challenges – Hell of the West! Set in February, this triathlon is one of the most gruelling challenges out!
10. Before federation, travellers crossing over the border needed to pass through a Border Customs Point. Today, Goondiwindi Customs House still stands and is a great way to get a look back in history.
By Kate Nutting