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'
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
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
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
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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
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.