Goombungee, Queensland

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Kingsthorpe Haden Road Goombungee.jpg
Kingsthorpe Haden Road, 2014
Goombungee is located in Queensland
Coordinates27°19′S 151°42′E / 27.317°S 151.700°E / -27.317; 151.700Coordinates: 27°19′S 151°42′E / 27.317°S 151.700°E / -27.317; 151.700
Population1,032 (2011 census)[1]
Location38 km (24 mi) NNW of Toowoomba
LGA(s)Toowoomba Region
RegionDarling Downs
State electorate(s)Condamine
Federal Division(s)Groom
Localities around Goombungee:
Kilbirnie Haden Bergen
Highland Plains Goombungee Douglas
Silverleigh Boodua Muniganeen

Goombungee is a small town and locality in the Toowoomba Region, Queensland, Australia.[2][3] At the 2011 census, Goombungee had a population of 1,032.[1]


It is 35 km north-west of Toowoomba in the Darling Downs.[4]


The town boasts a unique ironman at the southern entrance to the town which is reminiscent of the Rural Ironman and Ironwoman competition which was once held annually on Australia Day.[5] There is also a historic museum, an art gallery, a primary school and a police station.


Goombungee Co-op Dairy Company, circa 1905

The name was derived from the Goonbungee pastoral run, taken up by Charles Pitts in 1847, east of Rosalie Plains. The origin of the name of the pastoral run, although possibly Aboriginal, is unrecorded. Part of the Goonbungee run's 16,000 ha was resumed in 1874 and a township reserve was gazetted in 1885.

The first meeting of the former local government area of Shire of Rosalie was held on 17 February 1879.[6] The town is now part of the Toowoomba Region local government area. Goombungee Post Office opened by 1895 (a receiving office had been open from 1878, first known as Gomoran).[7]

In 2003, the town was connected to a mains water supply.[8]

The Goombungee Library opened in 2005.[9]

Heritage listings[edit]

Goombungee War Memorial

Goombungee has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


Goombungee police station, 2014

The Goombungee Library is operated by the Toowoomba Regional Council. The library is located at 89 Mocatta Street and is open three days a week (Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday).[12]

The Goombungee branch of the Queensland Country Women's Association meets at the CWA Rest Rooms at 56 Mocatta Street.[13]


Goombungee has won four Queensland Tidy Towns awards, in 1975/76, 1976/77, 1980/81 and 1981/82.[14]


Each November, Goombungee hosts a Jacaranda Day festival in the main street, celebrating the history of the town and the blooming jacarandas and silky oaks. The annual Goombungee-Haden Show is held each autumn at the picturesque showgrounds in the town. The Goombungee Rodeo is also held there on the first Saturday in November.[4]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Goombungee (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 28 December 2014. Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ "Goombungee - town (entry 14265)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Goombungee - locality (entry 47952)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 12 December 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Goombungee". Retrieved 7 November 2014.
  5. ^ "Goombungee". Tourism Queensland. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  6. ^ Jenny Swan and Jess Daly. "Goombungee goes period for 125th anniversary". ABC Southern Queensland. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  7. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 10 May 2014.
  8. ^ "Minister turns on taps for Rosalie Shire residents". ABC News Online. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 14 November 2003. Retrieved 27 September 2010.
  9. ^ "Public Libraries Statistical Bulletin 2016-17" (PDF). Public Libraries Connect. State Library of Queensland. November 2017. p. 16. Archived (PDF) from the original on 30 January 2018. Retrieved 30 January 2018.
  10. ^ "Goombungee War Memorial (entry 600826)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 15 July 2013.
  11. ^ "The Week at a Glance". The Queenslander. 18 December 1920. p. 25. Retrieved 7 November 2014 – via National Library of Australia.
  12. ^ "Toowoomba Regional Council". Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 11 November 2014.
  13. ^ "Branch Locations". Queensland Country Women's Association. Retrieved 26 December 2018.
  14. ^ Winners Gallery - Tidy Towns - Queensland. Keep Queensland Beautiful. Retrieved 28 December 2014.

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