Known for its relaxed old world charm, the village of Goomeri was first settled in 1846 when the Boonara Station and Booubyjan Homestead were founded here. With the sale of rural allotments and town blocks in 1911, the township swelled a bit, but this part of our region has always been known, then and now, for its strong connection to the land and, as a pastoral community. Today, it’s probably best known as home to the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival and as the northern gateway to the South Burnett wine region.
TOWN OF 1911
It’s our War Memorial Clock (we call it the “Lest We Forget”) that really dominates our town centre. Unveiled in 1940, it’s our memorial to the 9 local men who fell in the First World War and the brave 12 who fell in the Second World War and, it holds a very special place in our hearts.
So, why are we sometimes known as Town of 1911?
In 1911, 12,000 hectares of rural allotments and town blocks were opened up for settlement here. This drew hundreds of new residents to our area and in honour of this famous sale, we became known as Town of 1911.
Nestled quietly in the town centre of Goomeri, is our unassuming bakery of the same name.
But don’t be fooled – you’re in for an unexpected delight!
Real, fresh baked baguettes, shiny fruit tarts, melt-in-your-mouth pastries and coffee that’s (as we all know) worthy of a drive, this is authentic French cuisine right in the middle of the country!
And, the artist who designs these works of art?
A local lady who spent almost 3 ½ months in the south of France a few years ago, learning French baking techniques, patisserie skills and culinary traditions and then brought them all back to lucky old Goomeri.
GREAT AUSTRALIAN PUMPKIN ROLL
Make sure you head to Goomeri for the last weekend in May!
The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll is the highlight of our wonderful Goomeri Pumpkin Festival which now attracts upwards of 18,000 visitors each year.
People of all ages and walks of life gather together at the top of Policeman’s Hill and, using a range of really dodgy techniques compete for the title of “highest roller”.
Apart from all-things pumpkin – this is a festival like it “it-used-to-be” a real community celebration with a pumpkin Queen and consort, a heritage and outback street parade and with a nod to our pastoral past, working sheep dog trials.
Today’s festival just bursts with fun, colour, music, roving entertainment, market stalls and food trucks.
Hidden in the heart of our cattle country in amongst the wide open landscapes and rolling hills, you’ll find Kinbombi Falls, a natural oasis with rock pools bordered by steep rocky cliffs and a beautiful cascading waterfall.
Best explored after good rainfall when the pools are deep and the falls are flowing.
The pools aren’t immediately obvious from the parking area up top. But don’t give up!
We’ve got 225 stairs to get you all the way down to the waterhole right at the bottom of falls.
For those who make the effort to get down we recommend a cool dip in the fresh waters of Kinbombi Creek. It’s a great spot to cool off in on one of our famous hot summer days or, better still, to prepare yourself for the calf-burning 225 steps back up to the car.
No gym needed out here. Turtles are a bonus.
Not recommended for young children, the infirm or those with disabilities.
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