Goondiwindi is the first town out of the outback, continuing our travels east. This is a really great, not so little town. Goondiwindi is a town that services a wide region that is rich with cotton, wool, sheep and cattle product and production. Goondiwindi is a very clean and tidy town that has loads of community pride on display.
The town is situated on the Macintyre River on the New South Wales border. The twin town of Boggabilla is located a short distance away on the New South Wales side of the border. Most of the area surrounding the town is farmland.
Goondiwindi was first proclaimed a Municipality on 20 October 1888. The town boundaries have not altered to this day, and before Federation the town served as one of few border crossings between QLD and NSW. The Customs House which was used in that era stands today and is now a museum open for tourists.
The most famous resident of Goondiwindi was Gunsynd, a thoroughbred race horse known as "The Goondiwindi Grey". In the late 1960s and early 1970s Gunsynd had 29 wins including the 1971 Epsom Handicap and the 1972 Cox Plate and came third in the 1972 Melbourne Cup. The name "Gunsynd" came from Goondiwindi Syndicate (Gun= Goondiwindi, Synd= Syndicate). A statue of Gunsynd is located in a park in the town centre.
Allow a few days to enjoy Goondiwindi.