Options for walking trails in Goondiwindi comprise of the following:
1. Natural & Heritage Water Park and scenic walking trails – Map
2. Goondiwindi Botanical Gardens and bushland walking trails
3. The Goondiwindi Riverwalk is outlined as follows:
3 exercise stations located at Riddles Oval, McLean St & Boyle St. The installation of exercise stations on the Macintyre River walkway was a proposal put forward by the Care Goondiwindi. The main emphasis of the proposal is to increase physical activity through improvements and development to existing leisure and exercise areas, namely the Macintyre River walkway. Three exercise stations have been installed consisting of 6 exercises grouped on a 5m x 5m station, allowing the user to move from exercise to exercise, experiencing a fun, self-guided exercise regime. Users are coached by ‘Self Guided' instructional signage at each station. The instructional signage describes and illustrates how to do the exercise, notes the benefits and provides an inbuilt motivator as there are three levels of intensity…starting from the beginner, through to the weekend warrior, to the everyday champion.
Drinking fountains are available along the walkway. Distance markers are at regular intervals along the walkway.
Stage 1: The Macintyre River 3.0 kilometre walkway follows the majestic tree-lined Macintyre River, featuring a series of interpretive signs about the environment, social, economic, historical and cultural aspects of the river. The first stage of the Goondiwindi Walkway Extension Project provided a link from Goondiwindi CBD, to the Macintyre River Walkway, then onto the Goondiwindi Botanic Gardens on the western outskirts of Goondiwindi. The Botanical Gardens entices residents to explore the diversity of bird life and Australia's native flora and fauna in these 25 hectare parklands. Ideal for family recreation, the gardens have 2 hectares of landscaped parkland specifically for public recreation, with BBQ and playground facilities, shelter sheds, toilet amenities, and bushland walking tracks.
Stage 2: The second stage of the project connects the Goondiwindi CBD, to the existing Parkridge Estate walkway, then onto to the Goondiwindi Natural & Heritage Waterpark. With 210 hectares of parklands featuring a 3.3 kilometre circuit for waterskiing and other water sports, the Goondiwindi Natural & Heritage Water Park has an attractive 2 hectare barbeque and picnic area, revegetated woodlands, natural and artificial wetlands, and 6.6 kilometres of scenic walking trails. With a purpose built disability platform and walkways, the Waterpark enables all ability access for community members.
Stage 3: The third and final stage is the main heart of the Goondiwindi Walkway Extension "Missing Link" Project. This stage provides the major link between stages 2 and 3, as well as being the main link to the primary & secondary schools. With 1,350 primary and 572 secondary children attending schools in Goondiwindi, this project encourages a safe commute to and from school for children and parents alike.
Council's primary ‘Healthy Community' initiative is the implementation of Goondiwindi Walkway Extension "Missing Link" Project. The community can enjoy a safe transport corridor to key facilities and infrastructure, namely:
• Goondiwindi Botanical Gardens;
• Riddles Oval;
• Clubs and Community Centres;
• Parks & open space recreation areas;
• Art Gallery;
• Central Business District;
• Border Bridge Heritage Precinct (Gunsynd Statue, Museum, Library, Customs House, Border Bridge);
• Tourist Information Centre;
• Goondiwindi Natural & Heritage Water Park;
• Community Garden; and
• Township of Goondiwindi as a whole.
The Inglewood Olive Walkway is a 1.95km pathway following the town's olive trees. The walkway is split into two sections and covers the south-east and southern areas of town - from Brook Street to the Bridge on Albert Street; and from Lloyd Street and along the Cunningham Hwy past the Golf Course.
Along the walkway historic signage is erected to display many historical aspects/events of the town, for example 'The 1956 Flood', 'The Rabbit Plague' and the Picture Theatre. There are 30 signs in total.
For a map of the Olive Walkway, please click here.