Are you looking for things to do in Goondiwindi or planning an upcoming holiday? You’ve arrived at the right place!
At the junction of five major highways and on the banks of the Macintyre River, you will find the vibrant border town of Goondiwindi. The unique and tranquil river setting along the Queensland-New South Wales border, creates a stunning backdrop for this prosperous and friendly outback country town. Its name is derived from the Aboriginal word, Goonawinna, meaning “the resting place of the birds”.
In late spring, see a breathtaking display of jacaranda trees in full bloom lining the streets. Goondiwindi offers the perfect place to explore, relax and recuperate, with a mix of great amenities, rich history, warm country hospitality and delicious food.
The town’s major rural products include wheat, cotton, beef and wool, while major industries include service industries, machinery sales and repairs. Goondiwindi is also home to one of the largest cotton gins in the world, with Goondiwindi Cotton Tours taking you on a guided bus tour of the town, working cotton farm and fashion house.
Stretch your legs along the banks of the Macintyre ‘River Walk’ or enjoy a stroll around the town where you will find the iconic Victoria Hotel, built in the era of Queen Victoria in the 1920’s. The building features some of the most extraordinary architecture in the region and is situated in the heart of the main street – you can’t miss it!
Explore the local history with a visit to the original 1914 historic Border Bridge connecting NSW & QLD and home to the restored Customs House Museum, the former border customs checkpoint before the Federation. Also in the grounds is Martha’s Cottage, built in 1875.
Have your photo taken with the renowned Gunsynd Statue, commemorating the famous ‘Goondiwindi Grey’ – a racehorse that went on to win 29 races including the Cox Plate and the four big mile races in one season. With so many great and exciting things to do in Goondiwindi, it’s hard not to make it part of your next trip away!
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Customs House Museum
The Customs House Museum is a popular tourist attraction in Goondiwindi. Built around 1850, Goondiwindi Customs House served as a customs point where taxes for goods crossing the Queensland-New South Wales border were collected. The charming three-bedroom cottage is now a museum, having been lovingly restored and surrounded by lovely cottage gardens. The customs house museum is one of many well-preserved remnants of Goondiwindi’s rich past. It’s a step back in time, with everything from antique typewriters, cash registers, and plug switchboards to steam engines, and federation-style clothes.