Kilkivan and Goomeri are two country towns located about 45minutes West from Gympie heading into the great expanse of the South Burnett region. Goomeri, famous for the annual Pumpkin Festival which draws a crowd of thousands every year, and Kilkivan home of the Great Kilkivan Horse Ride are both beautiful little towns with a lot to offer. Enjoy a peaceful and genuine country holiday amongst friendly locals and an abundance of green pastures and native wildlife. For a quiet and relaxing holiday, discover the old world charm of Gympie’s West which is rich with history. Visit the country towns of Kilkivan, and Goomeri. Enjoy Scenic drives and forest walks, wineries, gourmet cafes, heritage museums and country markets waiting to be explored. This Western region offers several holiday options from camping to hotel accommodation or for a real treat stay at one of the charming bed and breakfasts.
Goomeri has a rich agricultural and timber history and the town is bursting with period charm. Still in use today, Goomeri’s impressive Hall of Memory, built in 1926 and now heritage listed, is a splendid example of Queensland timber architecture. Learn about the history of the area at the visitor centre located near the windmill in Lions Park. With a variety of dining options available in Goomeri there is sure to be something to tempt your taste buds. Whether it is fine dining, wholesome country food, local wines, gourmet cheeses, locally grown olives or award winning pies, in Goomeri you can have your pie and eat it too! Goomeri is popular with backpackers who are interested in a working holiday. Goomeri is the home of VisitOz, a scheme that provides training and work for young travelers on outback properties all over the country.
Immerse yourself in the history of Kilkivan, the site of Queensland’s first gold discovery in 1852 and subsequent gold rush. The region also has a rich agricultural and timber history.Wander through displays, which pay tribute to early pioneers at the historical museum in Kilkivan’s main street. While there pick up a map of the town’s heritage walk and info about local attractions.Enjoy a country welcome at the hotel. Taste regional cuisine at Kilkivan’s charming café housed in the town’s original bank. Stay at charming B&B’s and indulge in some old fashioned hospitality.
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