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
There are many things produced here, but from what I could see, cotton would have to be one of the biggest industries.
When in season, all you see is cotton fields, for a long way around this town. It sure looks pretty just before harvest time.
This gorgeous little 3 room Cottage, built in 1850, is located across the road from the Information centre.
Set amongst a pretty cottage garden, this museum has so many old Australian historical items on display, lots I have not seen in other Museums.
On the verandah were huge Bellows, about 6 foot in height, these were used by the local blacksmith.
I also loved the very primitive Washing Machine, I doubt if any ladies would like to use this when they see it!
The Dentist's chair, maybe bring back some memories? and the old Typewriters, Cash Registers, and the old Plug Switchboard, how times have changed!
Photos of harvesting the crops with a team of horses were interesting, as were other photos of days gone by.
On display was a "federation" Wedding gown, and also other clothes worn in that era. How lucky are we, that in the hot weather we don't have to wear those long gowns, with corsets, it must have been dreadful living out here, with the dust and heat and wearing these clothes.
This Museum was so interesting, I really enjoyed it, and.....
what a bargain at $3 ADMISSION 2009
OPEN 10 -4PM Wednesday - Monday.
The Custom's house was a Border Customs Point before Federation.
Around 1850, the Customs House was built on the northern bank of the Macintyre River, a modest three-room cottage with detached kitchen, a fire precaution of the day. Its shingled roof covered sturdy walls of pitsawn timber, morticed top and bottom into slots, a building technique which declined towards the end of the 19th century.
In its day the Customs House was used to collect the tax paid on goods crossing between Queensland and New South Wales. The MacIntyre river which runs through Goondiwindi, is the border between the two States.
Also in the grounds is Martha’s Cottage, built in 1875. inside, you will see what was used for cooking back in the olden days.
The buildings have been authentically restored, and have been complemented with a lovely "cottage" garden.
The Museum has well kept gardens and an impressive variety of books, journals and memorabilla from yesteryear.
The Museum is open everyday day except Tuesday from 10 am to 4 pm.
ADMISSION IN 2009 was $3
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.
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
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
"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.
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.
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.
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!
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..........
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.
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.
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.