Weekends in the Country
Stuck on your next weekend travel plans? The town of Goomeri and its surrounding area are one to plan for offering a little something for everyone’s interests.
Whether a young family, a busy couple or a grey nomad adventuring the countryside, read on to know what our guests have shared with us as their favourite activities and what you might like to include in your itinerary.
If you’re looking for a weekend adventure let us help you plan your stay in the country. There’s lots of options available to suit many different interests and we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourites. As moteliers we’re fortunate to hear about the activities our guests do in the area so here’s what we hear are the best places to visit (and also some hidden gems within our town) for your next weekend adventure.
How to get to Goomeri?
The most important step is to arrive at your destination of course. And here’s the best way how:
The most direct route from Brisbane is to drive North on the D’Aguilar Highway reaching Goomeri in approximately 2.5 hrs. The journey to the town is spectacularly scenic so taking your time and observing the beauty of the region is highly recommended.
Things to do in the Goomeri area:
Whether you are a bikie enthusiast or a young family, Goomeri has something for everyone to enjoy. Known for its old world charm, there are plenty of sites to see and places to explore. To break down the variety of options that Goomeri has to offer, the following categories that will be discussed include: activities and events, eating, accommodation and attractions.
Activities and events:
Murgon CBD Markets
Held on the 2nd Sunday of each month, these markets include everything that the region has to offer. From fresh produce to arts and crafts, they have it all. Located in Main Street Murgon less than 15 minutes from the Goomeri Motel.
This year will be the 25th year of the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival and the festivities run from 27-30th May. This free event is great for the whole family to enjoy. Besides the famous pumpkin roll, there are numerous other fun-filled events which are held on the day including parades, competitions, markets, displays and much more.
Sporting and recreational clubs
Although a small town, Goomeri boasts all the regular recreational clubs and sports facilities including the golf club, bowls club, skate park and swimming pool. The swimming pool is a great one to know about on hot days when you’re looking to cool off with the kids.
This is not your average truck-stop. Shells roadhouse is home to a variety of delicious homemade pies and a country feed. You can find them at the shell service station.
A crowd favourite is the Goomeri bakery. With a patisserie chef trained in France, you can be sure you'll find both sweet and savoury treats here that are just about as good as it gets. On a weekend the lines are often out the door and the cakes sell fast, so get in quick. With takeaway options available, it’s perfect for a breakfast stop or to pack in your picnic.
Joe's bar and bistro
Joe's bar and bistro is a great place for a hearty pub meal. With a large menu and a range of entertainment, it is a great lunch or dinner destination with a pool table and jukebox on site also.
This is a picturesque location with a quality restaurant and exceptional service. This family run business offers an abundance of information to the wine experts but equally a relaxing lunch overlooking the incredible countryside. Coaches are available through Purcer’s coaches to get you easily back to your accommodation after a day of sightseeing.
This village offers an Irish tavern, accommodation and a wine tasting room. This is a one-stop shop winery with a cheese and condiments store providing plenty of gift options as you leave. The Dusty Hill winery overlooks a picturesque land complete with a view of Baranbah lake to take in as you enjoy their wide range of wines and tasty meal options.
Yours truly, The Goomeri Motel is a country style motel with a convenient and quiet location. The motel is a great base for so much to see in the area and is located near the intersection of Burnett, Bunya and Wide bay Highways. We provide a range of amenities including free WiFi, air conditioning, tea and coffee, toiletries, undercover parking, 40” smart TV’s, guest laundry, family rooms and self-contained options to list a few. You also have the option to get hot meals delivered to your door. With a variety of room options to suit your needs, we think it’s an ideal place to rest your head in between adventures.
There are two options for camping when it comes to Goomeri:
Goomeri caravan and bush camp
This family operated caravan park is located only 3 kms away from the central township in Goomeri. The grounds are well looked after and dog friendly meaning it’s safe for the whole family. They have several dams, are home to various wildlife, and have a variety of activities and facilities, so there are plenty of things to do here.
These campgrounds are found in the township of Goomeri. They are mostly grassy sites which are RV friendly. With both water and power available it's a great place to stop over for the night.
Located 6.5 kms east of Goomeri, Kinbombi falls is a great walking track with three spectacular separate lookouts. There are picnic, camping and toilet facilities located onsite.
Boat mountain is found a short 20 minutes up the road from the township in Goomeri. It’s a moderately small track with two lookouts of views surrounding the countryside. There are picnic tables for camping and 46 species of birds providing many opportunities for wildlife spotting.
Heritage centre and memorial clock
This one is definitely for the history buffs. Full of fascinating displays of the towns history, the heritage centre is a great place to learn about the spirit of Goomeri and how it came to be. Right across from it, the Memorial Clock can be found which is a heritage listed sight honouring their fallen war soldiers.
Norms motor museum
If old school toys and vintage memorabilia is right up your ally, well this is just the place for you. Norms museum is a hidden gem within Goomeri. Open every Sunday morning for a small admission fee of $5 you too can explore this unique collection.
Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail trail
Formerly a railway corridor alignment, the Kilkivan to Kingaroy Rail trail is a perfect for keen mountain bikers and bushwalkers. The section from Goomeri to Kilkivan provides sites of expansive farm land, two rural townships and natural waterways. It’s an enjoyable outdoor journey where you can learn and explore the history of the former railway.
The towns strip of shops has a variety of stores to wander through. Some favourites include the Emporium which is an institution for the area. This saddlery and retail store is a family run business and offers quality country labels and friendly service to help you find just what you’re looking for.
That’s Nice Antiques
There are an abundance of treasures to be found here with the owners travelling far and wide to source a collection of antiques that are categorised and neatly displayed. It’s a very busy place to be on the weekends and well worth the drive if you’re an antique enthusiast.
An example structure of a great weekend getaway.
If your still stuck on what to do, this is an example structure of a great 2-day weekend trip:
Check In to Goomeri motel
Dinner at ‘Wozza’s Camp Oven Dinner’ at the Bowls Club.
Breakfast at Goomeri motel
Visit that’s nice antiques, Goomeri Emporium and other bric a brac
stores in the morning
‘Roll up’ during midday at the Bowls Club.
Dinner at Joe’s Grand Hotel bar and bistro.
Breakfast at the Goomeri bakery
Visit ‘Norms’ Goomeri Motor Museum
With so much variety, there is plenty to do, see and explore on your next weekend getaway to Goomeri.