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    GUNSYND MUSEUM

    by balhannah Updated Oct 12, 2014

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    GUNSYND & RODEO MEMORABILIA TRIBUTE Is located at the Goondiwindi Tourist Information centre

    Gunsynd, a beautiful Grey Racehorse, was a favourite with the crowds due to his beautiful grey coat and his tremendous will to win, and was arguably the best grey horse in the history of Australian racing.

    In 2004, he was the only animal named in the Queensland Icons list.

    Inside on display, are Trophies that Gundynd won, photos, the Jockey's colours, sashes, other memorabilia that has been loaned to the centre by the original owners of Gunsynd.

    There are also photos and Trophies of local Rodeo people and their horses on display.

    ADMISSION IS FREE..........

    Saying goodbye to Gunsynd Cartoons on display Racing colours
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    The Goondiwindi Grey "GUNSYND"

    by balhannah Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    Gunsynd was one of the most courageous and charismatic horses to race in Australia. He loved the crowds and the crowds loved him.
    Gunsynd was bred in northern New South Wales, and bought for $1,300 by a group of friends from Goondiwindi - which forever put that town on the map and earned for the horse the affectionate nickname of the "Goondiwindi Grey".

    When Gunsynd was transferred to well known trainer Tommy Smith, Gunsynd realised his full potential.
    Under Smith Gunsynd had 32 starts for 17 victories and only one unplaced run.

    In the spring of 1972, he was entered in major races and won the Cox Plate, ran a magnificent third in the Melbourne Cup under 60.5 kgs, and won the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

    On his retirement Gunsynd had 29 wins from 54 starts, with the then Australian record prizemoney of $280,455.

    A statue of this famous Australian Racehorse, a favorite with Australian's, is located on Macintyre street, Goondiwindi, just around the corner from the Information Centre.

    There is a small park and some picnic facilities.

    Gunsynd Monument in Goondiwindi
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    GOONDIWINDI in the Sth/West of Queensland

    by balhannah Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    GOONDIWINDI is a tricky name, as it is pronounced as "Gundawindi."

    This large town is situated in the south/west of Queensland, right on the New South Wales Border, so if you wish to visit, you will go through large open spaces with Wheat, Beef and Sheep being farmed.

    Once you cross into New South Wales, you will see large areas being "Cotton" farmed. In Cotton season, there are tours that visit a "Cotton Gin" and a "Cotton farm."

    The Macintyre River is the border separating the two states.

    The streets are lined with trees, particularly pretty in spring, when the beautiful Purple flowered Jacaranda trees are in blossom. There is a long river walk, and fishing in the river is good.

    There are several Museums to visit, a Botanical garden (which I didn't think much of) plenty of Bird life and a Lagoon area for water sports such as Water skiing, tubing etc.

    This town has been a "Tidy towns" and a "Friendliest Town" winner on several occasions.

    It also is a very popular stopping point for travellers, so there is plenty of accommodation available in the town, from cheap to expensive.

    You never know what may be on when you visit country towns. The weekend we were there, there was a big festival being held, and all the "cockies" (farmers) had come into town for it.

    Its a nice town for a stop on your journey, when travelling either north or south.

    And don't forget to take your 2 hour break from driving, there are quite a few "driver reviver" stops on this route, where you can get tea, coffee and biscuits for a small donation.

    Entrance welcome to Goondiwindi
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    HOLY TRINITY CHURCH - GOONDIWINDI

    by balhannah Updated Sep 25, 2012

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    The Holy Trinity Anglican Church was built in the 1930's. It is known for its architecture, the tall spire and the lovely stained glassed windows.
    I went inside, and with the sunlight streaming through the windows, they were beautiful!

    If you ask at the Information centre, they will give you a pamphlet which gives a description of each stained glass window in the church.

    FREE.

    Church stained glass window
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    ORIGINAL OLD HOME

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    If you want to see and original old home, still in its original state, then take a drive along Marshall Street. It is one of the best you could see, and in my opinion, well worth a look. People are still living in this home.
    It is located on the river side of Marshall street.

    Original Goondiwindi home
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    GOONDWINDI SILO'S

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    If you happen to be in Goondiwindi when the Wheat harvest is in full swing, then you may find it a bit noisier and busier than usual.
    If it has been a good season, then you will see huge mounds covered often in blue, white or yellow tarpaulins, these are covering the excess grain that will not fit into the Silos.
    Also, the trucks carrying the grain work all through the night, bringing the grain into Graincorp Operations where they unload there trucks.
    All through-out this area, we saw lots of excess grain mounds, so we know, it must have been a good season for the local farmers.

    Excess grain at Silos Excess grain
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    WALK OR DRIVE GOONDIWINDI

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    We did both. First, we walked the main street, having a look in the shop windows, and then admiring the different styles of architecture. Some had been painted since my last visit, one of these was the Cinema which is built in the Art Deco style.
    After the main street, we then drove around some of the back streets, and it was here where we found some lovely old wooden Queenslander homes. These are beautiful if they are painted and looked after.

    Queenslander home Goondiwindi main street & cinema
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    BIRDWATCHING

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    "Bird Watching" is something I enjoy when on holiday. It is a chance to see some of the Australian Birds that are in my Bird book, which I happen to take with me.

    Goondiwindi is rich in Bird life. About 200 species have been identified in the area, ranging from small Birds, like Wrens, to large Birds like Eagles.
    Some of the more unusual are spotted bowerbirds, plum-headed finches, grey-crowned babblers and freckled ducks. Best to pick up the "Bird Watching in the Goondiwindi Region" brochure from the Information centre. It makes identification much easier.
    Also, In April when the crops are being harvested, where-ever there are silos, and wheat or other grain has been spilt, you will be sure to find Parrots cleaning up the seed.

    Galahs cleaning up the seed Galahs cleaning up the seed
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    NATURAL HERITAGE & WATER PARK

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    The water park is somewhere we love, so this time in Goondiwindi, we returned there again.

    It's part of the Serpentine Creek that has been converted to form the Natural Heritage & Water Park. It's here where watersports like watersking, wakeboarding, canoeing and boating can be enjoyed. There is a designated area for swimming, including beach, lots of lawned area, toilets & hot showers [free], gas bbqs, tables and chairs, walking tracks, and absolutely heaps of bird life.

    Located on the grass, were heaps of Parrots, including Sulphur crested Cockatoos, Galahs and Corellas, something to see if you are an oversea's visitor.

    To get there take the Kildonan Road exit of the Cunningham/Newell Highway roundabout and turn the first left into Johnson Road. The entrance is through the gates further up the road on the right.

    Opening Times:6:00am - 8:00pm

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    RIVERSIDE WALK

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    The riverside walk was a very pleasant way to enjoy the end of the day in Goondiwindi.

    The walk is 2kms, is paved and follows the town's levee bank. We didn't walk the whole way, but what we did, we enjoyed. We came across a large, historic Red River Gum, these are beautiful trees. We also had nice views of the Border bridge.
    Want birdlife, well this is the place to be, birds love the gums that line the River MacIntyre. At dusk, I've been told Wallabies may be seen.

    The walk beings at Riddles Oval in Lagoon Street and ends at the corner of Delacy Street and Macintyre Lane.

    Easy walking for all ages.

    Historic river gum The riverside walk
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    VICTORIA HOTEL

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    When I first laid eyes on the Victoria Hotel, I thought wow! what an amazing Hotel.
    Nicely painted in black and white, and recently renovated, this Hotel stands out in the city centre.

    It was built during Queen Victoria's reign, so was named after her.
    The original Victoria Hotel was a single-storey wooden building with a shingle roof, and included hitching posts and horse troughs
    In the 1920’s, a William Pendock and his wife Margaret bought the little pub and made many changes, including adding rooms until they had a total of fifty.
    The building is still pretty well the same as it was back then, a mix of Victoriana, Jazz Age, and Early Colonial.

    In the 1960’s, it was sold to Mr George Pippos who was a member of the syndicate who raced Gunsynd, and he named his new Gunsynd Lounge after the champion. He has made many other improvements.
    The wide verandahs today are still unchanged, and are used as vantage points for street processions.

    There are stories of horsemen riding into the bar and lassooing bottles from the shelves in the old days. Sounds like the wild, wild west, but in Austalia!
    In the 1956 floods, a customer came to the bar in his boat!

    Quite an amazing Hotel!

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    BORDER BRIDGE

    by balhannah Written May 27, 2012

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    Known as the "Border Bridge," this bridge is the border of New South Wales and Queensland.
    It was built in 1914, and spans the MacIntyre River. It is quite busy with traffic, as this is one of the main transport routes between Australian capital cities. Years ago, duties were collected by Customs, this no longer happens. If you visit the "Custom's House,' there are details of this time.

    Crossing the Border Bridge Border bridge
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    Tourist information centre

    by thegreynomad Written May 27, 2012

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    This time in Goondiwindi, I decided to visit the information centre and find out what accommodation was available. They helped me with this, and I picked up some pamphlets too.
    At the centre, is a Museum on Gunsynd which was a famous racehorse from Goondiwindi. A donation was required for entry, so I also had a look at the Museum.
    On the outside wall of the Centre was a large mural showing all the towns and sights of the area, quite helpful for those looking for somewhere else to see nearby.

    Open 7 days: 9.00am - 5.00pm.....Located in the McLean Street Library Complex

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    TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE

    by balhannah Updated May 27, 2012

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    On entering Goondiwindi, look out for the small blue signs with a yellow "i." Follow these, and they lead to the Tourist Information Centre.

    Set in a fairly new building, there was plenty of information on the town and surrounding area.
    We picked up some leaflets, including a "walking tour" of the town, I always like to do these if possible, and if you have the leaflet, then you get to see all the sights and know about them.
    The person behind the desk was helpful, filled us in on what was happening in the way of Festivals and events for the weekend.

    I also noticed a computer there, and am fairly sure it was Free.

    Also here is the Gunsynd museum, entry is a gold coin donation.
    If you need a Toilet, they are here and FREE.

    Open 7 days 9.00am - 5.00pm

    Goondiwindi Tourist Information centre

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    stop for a great meat pie in Goondawindi.

    by DennyP Written Feb 14, 2012

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    Goondawindi.. Before just passing through Goondawindi Stop and get one of the best meat pies around. Located in the main street is a wonderful bakery and pie shop that turn out the best beef pies ..try the steak and kidney..or the steak and onion even pies with potatoes..Really well priced and the best tasting piesyou'll eat for a long time..

    THE BEST TASTY STEAK AND ONION PIES ANYWHERE
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