Goondiwindi is a peaceful rural town on the border of Queensland and New South Wales where the Macintyre River runs alongside Heritage-listed buildings and verdant parks. The town centre reveals a range of locally-owned boutiques and international restaurants, while surrounding natural spoils offer multiple water sports and hiking opportunities.
Things to do in Goondiwindi
Explore Goondiwindi’s welcoming town centre, which is focused around the Marshall and Herbert streets. Here you’ll find stores selling homewares, country apparel, unique gifts and camping equipment. Duck into one of the cafes for country-style baked goods, before visiting O’Shea’s Royal Hotel for a cold beer and delectable seafood. The Heritage-listed Goondiwindi War Memorial is located nearby in the leafy Town Park.
If you enjoy a round of golf, head over to Goondiwindi Golf Club to test your swing on a well-maintained course before enjoying a beer and lunch in the clubhouse. Embrace the outdoors at the Natural Heritage and Water Park, a family-friendly water park for swimming, water skiing, boating and canoeing.
Relax and unwind in the Goondiwindi Botanic Garden of the Western Woodlands, where a tranquil lake is surrounded by native trees and vibrant gardens. Pack a picnic and wander around the designated trails while admiring native birdlife and seasonal flowers. You can also take the kids to Redmond Park, which has sheltered picnic tables and a playground.
Combined a scenic river setting with a relaxed game of lawn bowls at the Goondiwindi Bowls Club. Alternatively, time your visit with the annual Goondiwindi Picnic Races at Goondiwindi Racecourse. Don’t forget to stop by Lucky Thai Restaurant for some authentic Thai fare after the horseracing action.
Getting around Goondiwindi
Goondiwindi is just over four hours’ drive from Brisbane along State Route 85. Once you’re in town, you can walk around the centre, but will need a private vehicle to explore further.