Mungindi, not like Goondiwini or Dirranbandi which end in ‘little I’, because the town is in NSW Mungindi ends in ‘big I’ such as Narrabri and Boggabri. Yes, Mungindi is a border town and is mostly a NSW jurisdiction. Mungindi lies on the banks of the Barwon River. Mungindi is also a crossroads town that is encounted when traveling from Moree to St George.
"Mungindi" means 'water hole in the river' in Kamilaroi.
Major Thomas Mitchell passed through here on his exploration of the interior in search of new areas suitable for agricultural development during the 1830s.
By the 1850s, with stock moving on both sides of the Barwon River, the ford at Mungindi just upstream from the present bridge became the principal crossing. Reliable waterholes and shaded flats on the riverbanks provided early drovers with a pleasant camp in the area, which the Gamilaroi Aboriginal People had held since antiquity as an important meeting place.
The movement of drovers and the coming of settlers soon attracted others to provide them with goods and services. The first known of these services was a hotel, or inn. Built in 1863 by Alexander Grant Walker, it was located on the south bank of the river.
Mungindi has two times zones during daylight-saving-time. The town has a pre-school in Queensland and the other educational facilities are in NSW. The hospital is on the northern side of the river and the two hotels are on each side of the river.