Goondiwindi is situated beside the picturesque MacIntyre River in the western Darling Downs. Explored by Allan Cunningham in 1827 and settled by pastoralists in the 1830s, the town derives its name from the Aboriginal word 'gonnawinna', meaning 'resting place of the birds'.

Visitor Information

4 McLean St, cnr Bowen St; (07) 4671 2653

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In Town

Customs House Museum: explore local history in the restored 1850 customs house; closed Tues; McLean St.

Victoria Hotel: renowned historic pub with tower; Marshall St.

Goondiwindi Cotton and Gin: one of the largest cotton manufacturers in Australia; bus tours available, contact visitor information centre for details.

River Walk: watch abundant birdlife and wildlife on 2 km walk along MacIntyre River; starts at Riddles Oval, Lagoon St.

'Goondiwindi Grey' Statue: tribute to famous racehorse Gunsynd; Apex Park, MacIntyre St.

Fishing: some of Queensland's best fishing in and around the town, Murray cod and yellow-belly in abdundance.


Southwood National Park This brigalow–belah forest park was once known as 'Wild Horse Paradise'. Have a bush picnic and look for the black cockatoos in the belah trees, or visit at night and go spotlighting for feathertail gliders. 4WD is recommended. Access from Moonie Hwy; (07) 4699 4355; 125 km NW.

Botanic Gardens of Western Woodlands: 25 ha of native plants of the Darling Basin. Also here is a lake popular for swimming and canoeing; access from Brennans Rd; 1 km W.

Toobeah: small town famous for its horse events; 48 km W.

Campsites around town

Rainbow Reserve camping area (bush camping) 14 km

Camp by the McIntyre River at this site just outside Goondiwindi, a great spot for fishing and camping, with a boat ramp too. From the Goondiwindi post office, travel east on Marshall St to the large roundabout. Take the... Find out more

Bengalla Reserve camping area (bush camping) 36 km

This area is about 34 km from Goondiwindi, with good river access for dropping in a line. You need to bring firewood and water. From the Goondiwindi post office, travel east on Marshall St to the large roundabout. Take... Find out more

Boonanga Reserve camping area (bush camping) 73 km

This site is just over 90 km from Goondiwindi near Talwood. You can camp beside the Barwon River, but you’ll need to bring your own drinking water and firewood. From Talwood, travel 15 km on the Talwood–Boomi... Find out more

Lake Coolmunda Caravan Park 90 km

Waterskiing and fishing for silver perch, cod and catfish are popular pursuits on Coolmunda Dam, on the dam access road 13 km east of Inglewood. The caravan park has drive-through campsites, 8 cabins and an excellent... Find out more

Lemon Tree Flat camping area 94 km

To reach the camping area, follow Wallangra Rd north from Ashford and turn onto Limestone Rd. Parts of the road are unsealed, so if it’s been raining check with the parks office for road conditions. You can set up... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Big4 Goondiwindi Holiday Park 2 km

The park is located in a quiet part of town and has good facilities. There are some nice grassy areas with easy drive-through access.... Find out more

Goondiwindi Top Tourist Park 3 km

This park has shown great improvement and we are happy to now include it as an Authors’ choice. Located 3 km north of town and best accessed from the Leichhardt Highway, it is well laid out and ideal for an... Find out more

Rest areas around town

North Star rest area 34 km

85km N of Moree (R) or 29km S of Boggabilla (L)

Well off the highway among a few trees.

Gil Gil Creek rest area 75 km

39km N of Moree (L) or 75km S of Boggabilla (R)

Just off the highway among a couple of trees.

What's on around town

Market: Town Park, Marshall St; 2nd Sun each month.

Hell of the West Triathlon: Feb.

Gourmet in Gundy: Sept.

Spring Festival: coincides with flowering of jacarandas and silky oaks; Oct.

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