The Goondiwindi Grey
You’ve got to love a town who celebrates a famous horse. In Goondiwindi’s case, the statue of Gunsynd. Voted Horse of the Year in 1972 and the only grey horse in Australian racing history to be immortalised by song and statue, no trip to Goondiwindi is complete without a visit to this racing champion whose statue welcomes visitors to the town on the Main Street.
While Gunsynd did not set a hoof in Goondiwindi during his racing years, the magic handshake to purchase the horse between four local graziers was said to be done at the local pub. Pay a visit to the Visitor Information Centre to view a tribute to the Hall of Fame inductee with the memorabilia, trophies and photographs adorning the walls.
Stretching for 3 km along the Macintyre River from Brook Street to the Old Bridge is the Goondiwindi River Walk. There are a number of interpretative signs, the banks of the river are home to a diversity of birds
The waterways in and around Goondiwindi boast some great sweetwater fishing opportunities. Murray Cod and Golden Perch (Yellowbelly) are caught in the town reaches. Local fishing clubs are continually re-stocking the river to ensure plenty of fish for locals and visitors alike.
Did you even go to the country if you didn’t chew the fat with a local? Pull up a barstool, grab a coldie and admire the Victoriana and Early Colonial architecture at the Victoria Hotel on Goondiwindi’s main street.
With 12 pubs to tick off your list, make sure you find a designated driver or spread them over a few days. Start planning your pub crawl.
The Arts Trail
Goondiwindi has plenty to offer. Starting at Bowen Lane in the town’s CBD, you can see the brushstrokes of local and interstate artists, like Kate Owen, along the streetscape. Follow the street art, sculpture, and silo trail through Goondiwindi to neighbouring towns Inglewood and Texas, as well as one of Australia’s biggest silo artworks at Yelarbon.
Customs House Museum
Discover local history at our Customs House Museum. A border customs point before Federation, this authentically restored building and its surrounding buildings house a rich and colourful collection of mementos of yesteryear. The quality of materials, form of construction and craftsmanship all suggest that the Customs House was constructed in the 1870s-1880s. Originally a four roomed cottage, the two rear rooms were only accessed from the rear verandah. Oral history records that the building was used by the NSW Customs Department.
The Arts Centre
Appreciate art? Why not drop into the Goondiwindi Regional Civic Centre Gallery or the Texas Art Gallery. You can view their current exhibition.
Entry is free and depending on the exhibition, most pieces are usually available for sale.