Goondiwindi Botanic Garden of the Western Woodlands

Goondiwindi Botanic Garden of the Western Woodlands  

 

The paddle

 

A brochure is available from the Goondiwindi Information Centre showing the circuit around the lake that you can follow around the edge of the small lake or around Mac Groat Island. The lake covers 5 ha.

 

You need to launch from the boat ramp in the gardens and also return to the boat ramp. There is probably limited opportunity to stop at other points along the way.

 

How to get there

 

Travel west from the post office along Marshall Street, turn right at the swimming pool into Albert Street, left at the roundabout into Russell Street following Miles, St George and Toowoomba signs for two kilometres. Branch off left into Brennans Road which runs parallel to the road to St George. The entry to the Gardens is 1 kilometre on the right. There is a boat ramp in the gardens for launching your canoe/kayak.  

 

Distance/Time to allow

 

You can tailor your time at the Botanic Gardens. Probably one hour depending on how much time you wish to spend exploring the area. This is probably a good introductory area for new paddlers or a good chance to get used to the area on a shorter paddle. A different way to view a Botanic Garden.

 

What to expect Ð water conditions, etc

 

A brochure is available from the Goondiwindi Information Centre showing the circuit around the lake that you can follow around the edge of the small lake or around Mac Groat Island.

 

There are also walking tracks in the garden so you can also get a land view of the variety of western woodlands in the gardens.

 

The temperature in Goondiwindi should also be considered in determining the best time for a paddle. As a general rule the earlier in the day the better depending on the time of the year.

 

Toilets are available at the Gardens not far from the boat ramp.

 

Camping facilities, accommodation, etc

 

Goondiwndi has a variety of accommodation to suit a variety of requirements. The main caravan parks in the area are:

 

Gundy Star Tourist Van Park

Old Cunningham Highway Goondiwindi

Phone: (07) 4671 2900

Email: gundystarvanpark@bigpond.com           

Web: www.gundystar.com.au  

 

Goondiwindi Tourist Park

Hungerford Street, Goondiwindi

Phone: (07) 4671 2566

Email: goondiwinditouristpark@bigpond.com   

 

Other attractions in the area

 

Border Bridge, Gunsynd Statue, Customs House Museum, Fishing, Bird Trails, River Walk. Annual Hell of the West triathlon event.

 

Other useful information

 

A bird list is available from the Goondiwindi Information Centre.

 

Website: www.goondiwindi.org