Goomeri

A service centre for the local agricultural activities which includes the South Burnett wine region. The town hosts a pumpkin festival every year in May, a highlight of which is the Great Australian Pumpkin Roll.

Location: 265 km north-west of Brisbane (235km via the Burnett Highway); 78km from Gympie.

Goomeri’s information centre situated near the windmill at Lions Park in Moore Street. Open 10am – 4pm, Monday to Friday. Goomeri also has a hotel and art gallery.

Places of interest: Burnett River; Kinbombi Falls; Boat Mountain; Planted Creek; Barambah Creek; Lake Barambah; Coast Range; Cheeseworld; Goomeri Memorial Clock and Hall of Memory; Bjelke-Petersen Dam; localities of Tansey (6km north), Kilkivan (25km north), Manumbar, Cherbourg, Windera, Proston, Hivesville, Mondure, Wondai.; Booubyjan Homestead (30 km north, 1847); Elginvale Mill Museum; 'Barambah' homestead

With delightful parks and many of the buildings built in the 1920s, Goomeri is a quiet and pleasant place that boasts an agreeably relaxed old world charm. The town is also known as "Clocktown" due to the landmark town clock built in 1939. Goomeri's impressive Hall of Memory – still in use today, was built in 1926 and is now a National Trust-listed building.

The town is also well known for its gourmet food. Goomeri offers variety dining of options from fine dining, country food, gourmet cheeses and locally grown olives to award winning pies. Goomeri is the gateway to the South Burnett wine district, with numerous vineyards and cellar doors within close proximity. Other industries in the area include beef and dairy.

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, held on the last Sunday in May each year, attracts up to 14,000 visitors each year. The highlight of the Pumpkin Festival is the "Great Australian Pumpkin Roll" down Policeman's Hill.

Kinbombi Falls is a popular retreat with a large picnic area and barbecues, close to Goomeri. A walking track leads to a deep natural pool. An easy track skirts the top of the gorge, offering breathtaking views.


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Brief history

The earliest European settlements in the area were at Booubyjan Homestead and Boonara Station, both established around 1846. Each grew to become self-sufficient villages during the latter part of the 19th century (Boonara itself had more than 100 employees in the late 1880s). However, both slowly faded away in the early 20th century with the arrival of the railways. Goomeri itself was originally just a railway siding used primarily by timber hauliers and local farmers.

A land sale in 1911 opened up 12,000 hectares of rural allotments and town blocks for settlement. This drew hundreds of new residents to the area and permanently established the township (Goomeri is also sometimes known as the "Town of 1911" in honour of this famous land sale). With the development of the the timber industry during the 1920s, the town boomed and continues to provide services provided to a local farming community that grows vegetables, vineyards and olive groves.

Origin of name: reportedly an Aboriginal word in the Waka language, Bujiebara dialect, indicating the kurrajong tree and the shield made from it. The word is probably a variant of gudmeri or kunmarin, taken from the Kabi language.

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