GOONDIWINDI Polo Club is celebrating the return of its annual bush polo event on Saturday September 24 following a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.

The club missed out on celebrating its 110-year anniversary in 2021 after an eleventh hour forced cancellation, but it plans to mark the occasion on its return this year.

The renowned polo club was first formed 1911 and famously hosted Prince Phillip, the Duke of Edinburgh, during a tour of Australia for an exhibition match in 1968.

Vice President Andrew Coulton said: “It was such an honour for the Duke to show an interest in a small bush polo club and it really helped in putting the club on the map to the rest of the country”.

RH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (centre), on top of the secretarys office at the Goondiwindi Polo fields, with Dick Doolin to his left and Sinclair Hill to his right in 1968. IMAGE: Doolin family archives.

Alongside royal interest, the club is also well respected and supported by the Australian polo community. Each year the renowned Ellerston Polo Club located in the Packer private estate send a team to the event.

During its long history, the club has brought the community together on the sporting field, while generating a social event which continues to bring crowds to the region.

“It’s really become a unique event on the bush polo circuit offering great quality polo games from teams throughout Queensland and New South Wales, while also providing a great atmosphere with plenty of delicious food and some great entertainment,” Coulton said.

Crowds will be treated to a full day of polo action, country hospitality, live music, bon fire and the signature lunch event. Grazing at the Polo will offer a unique experience that will celebrate local produce from around the region.

Organiser Elizabeth Africano said: “We are so spoilt when it comes to producers throughout the Goondiwindi region and the lunch provides the perfect opportunity to hero these products, while also offering a beautiful lunch event for attendees.”

Tickets are now on sale at Eventbrite.

For more information contact Andrew Coulton 0407 657 881 or email

Third generation Goondiwindi polo player Sam Coulton
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