Goomeri is located on the intersection of the Burnett, Bunya and Wide Bay Highways, 235 kilometers from Brisbane. Now part of the Gympie Regional Council, at the 2006 census Goomeri had a population of 488. The town’s name is allegedly derived from the Aboriginal name for “broken shield”.
European settlement in the Goomeri area began in 1846 with the establishment of Booubyjan Homestead and Boonara Station. Closer settlement took place in 1911 with the sale of rural allotments and town blocks.
The town is known for its many antique and second hand stores. The Goomeri pumpkin festival, held on the last Sunday in May each year, attracts up to 10,000 visitors each year. Other industries in the area include beef and dairy.
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