Round Australia Road Trip #30
On the last day of our road trip we have to travel a mere 348 km to reach home, but there are still places to see on the way.
Moree, on the northern plains of New South Wales, is the Artesian Spa Capital of Australia. Water from deep underground flows to the surface at a temperature of 39 degrees C. The therapeutic qualities of the mineral rich water are well-known and many visitors spend several days relaxing here.
We have just one swim in the heated pools at the Qwydir Thermal Pools Hotel and Carapark. There are four artesian pools at different temperatures and we start at the coolest one, 35 degrees and gradually work our way to the hottest.
Further north, on the New South Wales/ Queensland border is the town of Goondiwindi. The town’s most famous resident, the racehorse Gunsynd, is remembered with a statue on the banks of the MacIntyre River and a museum dedicated to his record breaking career.
In 1969 a syndicate of four Goondiwindi men purchased the horse for $1200 with plans to race him at local meets. His name was a compilation of Gun, the first syllable of Goondiwindi, and synd, from the word syndicate. It soon became apparent that Gunsynd was destined for more than the local country race tracks and he became known as the Goondiwindi Grey.
Gunsynd went on to become one of the best loved and most successful racehorses in Australian racing history. He won a total of 29 races, including the Cox Plate. He is the only horse to have won the four major mile races on the Australian racing calendar in the one year. He is also the only animal to be named as one of Queensland’s top twelve icons.
The Gunsynd Museum is located at the Goondiwindi Visitor Information Centre. On display is a collection of trophies, photographs and riding memorabilia from the career of this famous horse.
It’s also the last stop on the Round Australia Road Trip, as we head north to home.