Overlooking the banks of the Macintyre River, Goondiwindi is located on the Western Downs border of Queensland and New South Wales, establishing itself as a popular place to live and visit. A great story from our current mayor is that he came for a stay of two years and is delighted say that he is still here 38 years later and has no intention of moving from this wonderful town and district.
Goondiwindi is a modern town with terrific facilities that cater to an enormous range of sporting, cultural and artistic interests. The town itself boasts a wide range of shopping, dining, accommodation and entertainment. Goondiwindi is a friendly and vibrant town and one of Queensland's fastest growing and richest rural communities with more than 8,000 people residing in the district.
Agricultural production is the mainstay of the local economy with cotton, wheat, oats, barley, sorghum, chickpeas, corn and soybeans being grown and extensive cattle grazing, sheep, wool and pig production occurring in the area.
For further information on Goondiwindi contact the Visitor Information Centre on 07 4671 7474 or visit www.goondiwindi.qld.au.
St George is situated on the Balonne River in the southern inland of Queensland, 500 kms west of Brisbane. The town offers majestic landscapes, historic pubs, a noted winery and a diversity of horse and water sports.
The magnificent river is a fisherman’s paradise where keen anglers can enjoy Murray Cod and Yellowbelly. The riverside walk is picturesque and the walkways are a feature of the town with beautiful gardens and streetscapes and wonderful playgrounds for children.
St George sits on the junctions of five highways - the Castlereagh, Moonie, Carnarvon, Barwon and Balonne. The only crossing of the Balonne River is the Andrew Nixon Bridge, which in times of floods isolates St George from surrounding towns.
Dirranbandi, Hebel, Nindigully, Bollon and Thallon are interesting towns and villages which have St. George as their major trading centre. They offer an array of Australian history unique to outback towns.
More local information can be found at www.balonne.qld.gov.au or by contacting the Visitor Information Centre on 07 4620 8877.
Historic Warwick sits on the banks of the Condamine River and is known as the Rose and Rodeo capital. This famous festival is held on the last weekend in October featuring the country's best rodeo and campdraft riders and boasts some of the country’s richest prize money. This event draws participants and spectators from all over Australia and can trace its long history back to a buck jumping contest in 1857. The ‘holy grail’ of camp drafting; the Gold Cup is keenly contested with riders coming from many Australian states.
Probably Warwick’s most famous son, Jackie Howe is recognised with two memorials in the town. He still holds the blade shearing world record set in 1892 for 321 sheep shorn in a day.
Anglers can enjoy the river or visit Connolly or Leslie Dams where there are great picnic and swimming spots as well as shore or boat fishing facilities. North-east of Warwick is the Goomburra section of the world heritage-listed Main Range National Park where there are flowing creeks, waterfalls, prolific birdlife, koala colonies and walks through some of the best bush and temperate rain forests in the country.
For further information on Warwick visit www.warwickevents.com or contact the Visitor Information Centre 07 4661 3122.
Gateway To Training is a member of the Warwick Chamber of Commerce Inc, for more information head to www.warwickchamber.com.au.
The Granite Belt is beautiful country - rugged and diverse, dotted with precariously balancing prehistoric granite boulders, fertile soil, big sky panoramas, meandering creeks, gourmet produce and award winning boutique wineries. Stanthorpe apples make it to every table in Queensland.
The Granite Belt is a premium food and wine destination surrounded by stunning national parks. Located on the Queensland and New South Wales border, it is only a three hour drive from Brisbane and the Gold Coast. The region is rich in history and culture, with a predominant European influence, and is home to many artists and artisan craftspeople who draw their inspiration from the Granite Belt's diverse landscapes.
Dotted along the New England Highway are the villages and hamlets of the Granite Belt, with Stanthorpe, the main central town. Sitting high on the Great Dividing Range, more than 1000m above sea level, creates a region of four seasons and a climate a world away from Queensland counterparts. It even snows there!
Contact the Stanthorpe Visitor Information Centre on 07 4681 2057 or visit www.southernqueenslandcountry.com.au for more information.
Covering an area of 78 square kilometres Roma has a population of 7,000 people in the town with an additional 20,000 people in the surrounding region and is the second largest urban community in western Queensland.
It has a diverse economy with excellent infrastructure and a relaxed lifestyle and it boasts Australia’s largest cattle selling centre. With sales being held on Tuesdays and Thursdays an increasing number of visitors find the excitement of the sale yard a very different experience and one they thoroughly enjoy.
Roma is a leading industrial and service centre. The town is home to the rich oil and gas industry, many strong performing value adding industries, a comprehensive public service sector and diversified retail and service businesses.
There is a myriad of things to see and do in and around Roma. A wonderful avenue of 138 bottle trees extends from the railway station to the cenotaph in Bungil Street. Each tree is dedicated to a local soldier who fell in World War 1 and a plaque bearing the name of that soldier to whom the tree has been planted is at the base of each tree. It is a wonderful memorial.
For more information phone the Roma Visitor Information Centre on 07 4622 8676 or visit www.visitmaranoa.com.au.