Statue of Gunsynd, The Goondiwindi Grey
|Population||5,629 (2006 census)|
|Established||20 October 1888|
|Elevation||217.2 m (713 ft)|
|State electorate(s)||Southern Downs|
Goondiwindi // is an Australian town of approximately 5,629 people. The town has an annual population growth of 1.4 percent. The name Goondiwindi derives from an Aboriginal word meaning "the resting place of the birds".
Gundiwindi Post Office opened by 1860. It was renamed Goondiwindi by 1861.
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 a border crossing between Queensland and New South Wales. The customs house from that era is now a museum.
The most famous resident of Goondiwindi was Gunsynd, a Thoroughbred race horse known as "The Goondiwindi Grey" Guided by Tim Lowe, 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). There is a statue of Gunsynd in the town centre.
Goondiwindi has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:
- Marshall Street: Goondiwindi War Memorial
- 100 Marshall Street: Goondiwindi Civic Centre
- 1 McLean Street: Customs House Museum
- Millmerran Road, Wyaga: Wyaga Homestead
Goondiwindi is on the MacIntyre River in Queensland near the New South Wales border, 350 kilometres (220 mi) south west of the Queensland state capital, Brisbane. The twin town of Boggabilla is nearby, on the New South Wales side of the border. Most of the area surrounding the town is farmland.
|Climate data for Goondiwindi|
|Record high °C (°F)||41.3
|Average high °C (°F)||34.1
|Average low °C (°F)||19.9
|Record low °C (°F)||9.6
|Average rainfall mm (inches)||78.5
|Average rainy days (≥ 0.2mm)||7.3||6.2||5.5||4.3||4.8||5.3||5.6||5.0||5.0||6.3||6.3||7.1||68.7|
|Source: Bureau of Meteorology|
The town is a major transport nexus between the southern states and Queensland. The Newell, Leichhardt, Gore, Cunningham, Barwon and Bruxner Highways all merge at Goondiwindi or close by. The town is the administrative centre for the Goondiwindi Region. Goondiwindi is a popular stopping point for interstate travellers, and has several motels and restaurants.
Goondiwindi has three schools: a public primary school, a private primary school and a public high school. These schools are well-established, have solid community ties, and contribute to the community and surrounding areas. Goondiwindi State High School won the 2006 Showcase award, given to schools which display excellence in all areas.
Goondiwindi is a centre for agriculture, producing a diverse range of crops and fibres including wool and beef, cotton, sorghum, corn, wheat, barley and chickpeas. Average annual rainfall for this region is 525 millimetres (20.7 in). Goondiwindi is well known for its dry season but still lasting in with lots of crops
Goondiwindi hosts the Natural Heritage and Water Park. The development of the Park is a result of the closure of nearby Boobera Lagoon to power boats. The Lagoon had been a favourite spot for waterskiing for the local area and was the only suitable waterbody for the purpose. The Goondiwindi Town Council petitioned the Federal Government, which responded (through Environment Australia) by funding the National Heritage & Water Park, to make available skiing and boating facilities and to provide a focal point for tourism and recreation in the town and district.
The 210 ha recreational water park opened in early 2004, and offers activities for all ages. The purpose built 3 kilometres (1.9 mi) water channel allows water sports such as waterskiing, wakeboarding, canoeing and boating. It is home to a varied bird life; it provides picnic and swimming areas. Remedial work was performed in 2008 to seal leaks, which caused the lagoon to be dry for a period.
The Goondiwindi Botanic Garden of the Western Woodlands on the western side of the town features 25 hectares of species native to the Upper Darling Basin. It is unique in that plants are displayed in communities merging into each other as occurs in nature. With the first plantings in 1986, many of the upper storey large trees are approaching maturity, and the focus is now on mid and lower storey plantings.
The Garden has an extensive Eremophila collection. Some 22 plant communities feature endemic species such as brigalow (Acacia harpophylla), belah (Casuarina cristata), Chinchilla white gum (Eucalyptus argophloia), ooline (Cadellia pentastylis), ironbark (Eucalyptus sideroxylon) and gidyea (Acacia aneura). The planting program is supported by an on-site propagation facility comprising a glass house, heater-mister unit, large shade house and storage container.
Owned and run by the community for the community, the Garden features an island surrounded by a deep lake. An outdoor stage in a tranquil bushland setting is used for performances and social events such as weddings and christenings. Frequent use is made of the shelter sheds and barbeques. The Garden is also the home of the Goondiwindi Dragon Boat Club, and the lake is used by the Goondiwindi Triathlon Club for kids' mini tris and the iconic Hell of the West when river conditions are not suitable for the swim leg.
Goondiwindi has an active sporting community, with rugby union, rugby league, cricket, golf, tennis, Australian football, netball, swimming etc. The town built a large indoor gymnasium for use by the general public and school groups. A major sports highlight is the annual "Hell Of The West" triathlon, in February, which sees entrants from across the country.
Goondiwindi has a range of facilities open to the general public; these include Goondiwindi Waggamba community cultural centre, swimming pool, art gallery, heritage listed custom house museum and a public library.
Goondiwindi's weekly newspaper is The Goondiwindi Argus. There are several radio stations, including Now FM 88.7, 2VM 89.5,ABC Local Radio,92.7, Rebel FM 96.3, Breeze FM 98.7, Tourist Radio 88FM.
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- Gunsynd 'The Goondiwindi Grey'
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- "Goondiwindi Civic Centre (entry 600531)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Customs House Museum (entry 600530)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
- "Wyaga Homestead (entry 600940)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
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- Welcome to Goondiwindi & District
- The lagoon is some 20 km west of Goondiwindi.
- Banning of powered craft on the Lagoon was done to better preserve artifacts or evidences of indigenous culture.
- Goondiwindi Regional Council
- Report, SMK Consultants pty ltd, to Goondiwindi Regional Council, October 2009
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- The Goondiwindi argus, Goondiwindi Argus, 1882, ISSN 1836-1943
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