Goondiwindi Customs House Museum

Located close to the New South Wales border, Goondiwindi is a Queensland town that dates back to 1860 and stands proudly alongside the MacIntyre River and amongst farmland. It’s an agricultural town which produces a range of crops including cotton, sorghum, barley, wheat, corn and chickpeas as well as a thriving wool and beef industry. 

One iconic Goondiwindi tourist attractions is the Customs House Museum. Built around 1850, Goondiwindi Customs House played the role of a customs point for taxes were collected for goods that crossed between Queensland and New South Wales. Now the quaint three bedroom cottage serves as a museum and has been respectfully restored with beautiful cottage gardens surrounding it. 

The customs house museum is one of the many well-kept remnants that showcase the rich Goondiwindi history. From old typewriters, cash registers and old plug switchboards to steam engines, primitive washing machines and federation style clothing, it’s certainly a step back in time. 

“I enjoyed a wander through this little museum. A lot of work has gone into restoring much of the old machinery and items. The yard is filled with old steam engines, tractors and machinery and the house itself is brimming with curiosities. There is much more to see here than in many other small museums I have gone to.”Justin D. on Trip Advisor.

Customs House is a good old history lesson for the kids too. 

“A good old-fashioned museum clearly curated by a dozen hands and none the worse for it. The kids - teenagers - stopped gazing at their phones long enough to take in room after room of memorabilia, artefacts and items of historical interest. Naturally, the old telephone exchanges had them intrigued as did the information on local rodeo riders from days gone by.”Arabella S. on Trip Advisor

Why you should schedule a stop-over in Goondiwindi

The Customs House Museum is just one of many places that’ll have you keen to keep exploring the town. 

When you arrive, make a visit to the visitor information center. It’s here you’ll find all the information you need to plan your visit to the numerous Goondiwindi attractions. Goondiwindi tourism isn’t just based around the town’s rich history, there’s also art, agriculture, flora and fauna to enjoy. And if you’re keen to see all of them, it’s best to stay for a night or two. 

For the history buff there’s the Goondiwindi War Memorial, the old City Council Meeting Room, the Victoria Hotel and memorabilia of Gunsynd, The Goondiwindi Grey, is located at the information centre. 

For the art lover there’s the Art Gallery to enjoy, garden lovers might enjoy a visit to the Goondiwindi Botanical Garden and what’s a visit to Goondiwindi without having a tour of Goondiwindi cotton, one of the world’s largest cotton gins. 

Goondiwindi. One of Australia’s great examples of a thriving agricultural and pastoral country town rich with the history of early beginnings.  Book your bus trip via Goondiwindi NOW!

Goondiwindi Customs House Museum

McLean Street,
Goondiwindi, Queensland, Australia. 
Ph: (07) 4671 3041
www.customshouse.vze.com
Trip Advisor Rating – 3.5 stars