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Goondiwindi to Gold Coast cycle ride returns 2017

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Here’s the front page of the brochure produced in 2005.  Attractive destination point, the Gold Coast, and hopefully up to 1,000 riders through Goondiwindi, Yelarbon, Inglewood, Texas and onto the Gold Coast.

To maximise the benefits of up to an extra 1,000 people,  looking to link with community events along the way, including the annual food festival in Goondiwindi, but will wait to see if that meets the Cycle people’s schedule for the event.  Looking early part September 2017.

You can register now for the ride by visiting.. .


Written by dgmcmahon

September 22, 2016 at 10:06 am

Talking Tourism…

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Last week I had the opportunity to attend DestinationQ on the Sunshine Coast. DestinationQ for those of you who are not aware is an annual conference convened by the Queensland Tourism Industry Council and fully supported by the State Government to come up with a plan for the next 12 months on how to grow the economic value of tourism.

This year’s conference was attended by nearly 400 delegates from industry, local and state government agencies.

Kristy Paul

It is very well supported by the State Government with the Premier, Tourism Minister, and the Tourism Ministerial Council all attending. It is probably unique in it has Ministers of the State delivering a report card back to the delegates on how they have progressed tourism into each of their relevant portfolios. Indeed the Premier and Tourism Minister attended both days.

So the end result of the conference is an action plan which you can view on the web site at It details the plan for the next 12 months.

In the photograph is Kristy Ponting representing Caravanning Qld and Paul Martyn the Deputy Director-General Dept of Tourism etc. We had a brief discussion around drive tourism and ways of developing this market. I won’t go into detail here but will report back when plans are further developed.

We are all focused on niche drive tourism markets which are high yielding- that is the people travelling in these niche markets don’t mind dipping their hands in their pockets.

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September 24, 2014 at 8:20 am

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At the ‘Gully

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The board of Southern Queensland Country Tourism met yesterday (Thursday at Nindigully.    Anyone ever seen the burgers they serve up out there?  Massive.  The “Gully has a reputation as a must see destination with its river front board walks and laid back country atmosphere.

Our region has its own special places too and more and more people are discovering/re-discovering the scenes of country inland Queensland.  The number of caravanners.4wders and families visiting our area seems to be increasing and that has a lot to do with the way we are, friendly, approachable and (hopefully) stress free.  Only yesterday I heard that Goondiwindi will see off another motor charity vehicle rally next year so our region must have something that people like.  And Inglewood will see some classic vehicles for a rally in about twelve (12) months time and that I assure you will be something quite special.

One of the items we spoke about yesterday was the idea of extending the visitor season.  We all know it gets hot west of the Great Divide and that visitors don’t particularly like the heat.  Not sure what the answer is but it will I come.

Thanks to Burnsie for the hospitality at the ‘Gully….

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October 17, 2013 at 7:49 pm