Goolgowi is one of the four smaller villages within Carrathool Shire, and is located at the crossroads of the Mid-Western Highway and the Kidman Way. Goolgowi is approx. 6 hours north of Melbourne, 7 hours west of Sydney and just 30 minutes north of Griffith. Situated on the north-western edge of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, Goolgowi is primarily a wheat farming and sheep grazing area; however, over the past decade, agri-industry has diversified to include substantial areas for olives, walnuts, almond production, cattle feedlots and grape growing.
Within the village itself, there is a pub, an ex-servicemen’s club, service station, post office, caravan park, swimming pool, skate park, fitness equipment and walking tracks.
The village of Goolgowi was gazetted in 1925, following the construction of the railway line between Griffith and Hillston. The Goolgowi Railway Station opened in 1923 and closed in 1979 following the cessation of passenger services on the line. The line is now used primarily for grain haulage out of the Shire. Follow the Heritage Trail around the village to discover the history of Goolgowi. Located outside the Carrathool Shire Council offices are five panels to celebrate the town’s centenary in 2006, each of the panels are dedicated to one of the five towns and villages in the Shire.