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INSIDE: Roam the Gnome’s Guide to Goomeri Pumpkin Festival QLD

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is the only festival in Australia where you get to hurl a pumpkin down Policeman’s Hill just for the fun of it, to see just how far it will go.

First and second place win a big cash prize in both the Adult and Junior divisions, and there’s $1000 up for grabs for the person whose pumpkin lands in the Lucky Spot!

Plus, if you win, your name goes on the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Honour Roll. Now that’s a claim to fame you’ll want to share with your family and friends forever more.

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is Australia’s BEST DAY OUT!

Take a look below for details! 

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The 25th Annual Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 2021

We couldn’t have loved this quirky family-friendly festival more.

There’s so much to do, see and eat at this great pumpkin festival.

Start the day at 6am with a BBQ breakfast, then wander Goomeri township to soak up all the pumpkin goodness.

Hot tip: Bring your own snacks and healthy picnic food for the road trip – here’s a comprehensive collection of delicious new picnic food ideas

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Policeman’s Hill Goomeri

And take your first look at Policemans Hill, home of the Great Pumpkin Roll competition. 

If you don’t feel a frisson of excitement, you’re doing something wrong! 

But that’s not the only activity or entertainment on offer.

On the Pumpkin Festival Goomeri schedule, there’s

  • a hugely entertaining pumpkin-filled street parade
  • Pumpkin Power Shot Putt, a Pumpkin Pull, Pumpkin Patch Snatch, Pumpkin bowls, and more pumpkin competitions during the day
  • pumpkin foods – pumpkin pie, pumpkin cakes, and the best pumpkin soup you’ll ever taste
  • a pumpkin decorating competition
  • a brand new “Dash for Cash” competition
  • market stalls and souvenirs

Plus, all day entertainment including music on the main stage, roving entertainers, a Pumpkin Pageant, and cooking demos

That’s just some of the reasons why the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival was voted Number 24 in RACQ’s 150 Must Do’s in Queensland!

The Goomeri Pumpkin festival will be held this year on (TBA)

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Pumpkin Festival Precincts

Pumpkin Central

Within Pumpkin Central you will find:

  • Registration booths for “The Great Australian Pumpkin Roll”, Pumpkin Bowls, Pumpkin Power Shot Put and Pumpkin Pageant and the brand new Pumpkin Patch Snatch
  • Giant Pumpkin Competition
  • Decorated Pumpkin Competition
  • Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Merchandise
  • Festival Programs
  • Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Information
  • Live Entertainment on BGA Stage
  • Coffee/food vendors

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Main Stage- Railway Yards Precinct

The Main Stage at the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival has moved from it’s original site in Dickinson Park to its new site accross the road in the Railway Yards Precinct.

  • Stay around for the Presentation Ceremony for festival winners to be held at 3.30pm
  • The Main Stage Program is coming soon.

Celebrity Chef Stage Cooking Demonstrations & Gourmet Destinations Precinct

The Celebrity Chef stage is located in Dickinson Park, Burnett Highway at the northern end towards the tennis courts. 

Grab yourself a seat out of the sun and watch all the action of local chefs cooking up a storm using produce from local growers and producers.

Yes, you can taste test!

Yes, you can try and buy the best produce, condiments, sauces, and products to take home.

Look out for the Celebrity Chef Program, coming soon. 

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No.1: The Great Pumpkin Roll!

Pumpkins Registered and Ready to Go

The main drawcard is the Pumpkin Roll competition, as mentioned above.

First up, buy your pumpkins and have them marked and registered under your name. 

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Then join the throngs of people at the top of Policeman’s Hill, waiting their turn to roll.

This is a jovial affair, and a top way to meet both locals and people from all over Australia, and the world.

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No.2: The Pumpkin Roll Kids Race at Goomeri Festival

First up, the kids race.

Children are lined up in rows of 10, and row by row, are then invited to stand, ready-set-go before rolling their pumpkin down the hill with all their might!

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Pumpkins roll here, there and everywhere! 

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It’s a spectacular sight. 

With many, many pumpkin casualties left lying, smashed up and broken, innards falling out all over the roadside. 

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The Pumpkin Roll Lineup

But there’s no mucking about in the adult’s race.

There are serious competitors who are out to win the title!

Winners are announced at the end of the final day, as the celebrations wind down, on the main stage. 

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No.3: Best Dressed Pumpkin Competition

Two events deserve a special mention.

The Best Dressed Pumpkin comp is a must see.

We guarantee you will see things here that you’ve NEVER seen before, including this Pumpkin Fast Food Delivery!

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No.4: The Outback and Heritage Street Parade

The other highlight is the Pumpkin Parade.

Keep an eye out for the winner of the Largest Pumpkin competition – it’s so big, only a forklift can carry it. 

What to eat at Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

There’s plenty of food trucks serving all the normal festival food:

  • hot chips, pies, and dagwood dogs
  • baked potatoes
  • fish and chips
  • curries and Mexican takeaways 
  • pancakes and ice cream
  • coffee and tea

But our recommendation is to head inside the hall to find gallons of homemade pumpkin soup, served with a side of bread and butter. 

At just a few dollars a pop, you can pop back for more, and more.

You’ll want to! 


Image credit: Mattingbgn via Wikipedia CC BY SA 3.0

Stay for the Whole Day, or make a weekend of it!

The Goomeri Pumpkin Festival is now held over TWO days – Saturday and Sunday.

That means double the fun, and more activities and attractions including: 

  • Twilight Markets will be held from 3pm to 8pm in the new Market Square located in the Railway Yards Precinct. Food will be supplied by local community organisations including the SES, Goomeri Lions, Goomeri Pumpkin Festival, Coffee Road Mobile Cafe and local businesses. Live entertainment will be held throughout the markets on the Main Stage.
  • Sportsground BBQ Breakfast and a cake/coffee stall from 7am at the Goomeri Sportsgrounds
  • Moffatdale Ridge Wine Tasting from 11am
  • The Cooloola Community Orchestra will hold a concert from 1.30pm – 3.30pm in the Hall of Memory on Boonara Street
  • There’s a Photography Competition Display on all day in the Goomeri Festival Pop up shop

Whether you go for both days, or just the Festival Day on Sunday, you’ll be joining thousands of people at the funniest festival in Australia.

If you don’t have a gigantic smile on your dial all day long, then I’ll eat pumpkin until I turn orange.

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THE INSIDE SCOOP: Goomeri Pumpkin Festival 

Correct at time of publication on Roam the Gnome. Please check with venue for updates. We apologise in advance if there have been any changes we are unaware of. All prices in AUD dollars, unless otherwise stated

Address: Goomeri Township, Burnett Highway
Phone: 0484 629 424
Email: [email protected]
Website: Click here


How to get to Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Goomeri is located in the Gympie Regional Council district, on the Burnett Highway, approximately 250 kilometres north-west of Brisbane via the M1 and Bruce Hwy (or 235km if you take the A17 D’Aguilar Hwy and A3 Burnett Highway which runs between Nanango and Goomeri).

The journey is around 3 hours long. 

Goomeri is 142 kms from Noosa Heads, an hour and 45 minutes drive time. 

Or 78km from Gympie, just under an hour’s drive. 

Click here for google map directions from your location. 

Goomeri Festival parking

The local SES will be managing parking and traffic flow during the event.

Please follow their directions.

Park only in designated areas below, or risk a fine!

  • Parking is available on the Goomeri State School oval at a reasonable rate of $2.00 for the day. Proceeds go to Goomeri State School. Disabled Parking available.
  • Parking is available in Alec McIntosh Park, located across from the Town Hall on the Wide Bay Highway.
  • Parking is available on the road reserve on the south-western side of the Burnett Highway, near the bridge on the southern approach to the Goomeri township.

Goomeri Map

Where to stay in Goomeri? 

Looking for accommodation in Goomeri for the Pumpkin fest? Try one of these:

Goomeri Motel

Located near the intersection of the Burnett, Bunya and Wide Bay Highways, Goomeri Motel has country comfort motel style, providing modern, comfortable and quiet 3 star accommodation.

Book 2 bedroom, family room, queen rooms, or queen twin single rooms. 

Prices start from $120 AUD to $175 approx per night. 

This one’s IN town. 

Check latest prices

grand hotel street-view by TA

Image credit: Steve E 

Joes Grand Hotel

This classic Art Deco Hotel was built in 1943, but has recently undergone a total renovation, but retains the charm of olden times.

The hotel can house up to 40 people in a combination of doubles and twin singles, all in upstairs accommodation, accessed via the bistro lounge.

Room rates start from $50 a night. 

Phone  (07) 4168 4131 to book. 

Murgon City Motor Inn

Book Murgon City Motor inn for clean and comfortable accommodation at affordable rates.

There’s single, standard and deluxe rooms, plus warm and friendly country service. 

It’s simple budget priced accommodation, perfect for a night or two. 

Check latest prices

Yallakool Caravan Park 

The wward-winning Yallakool Caravan and Recreation Park on BP (Bjelke-Petersen) Dam is located about 12 kms North of Murgon, it’s popular with anglers, campers, bird-watchers and water-sports enthusiasts all year round.

We highly recommend booking your hotel or motel accommodation WELL in advance of the festival as it books out quickly.

Book a cabin here.

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Camping at Goomeri Pumpkin Festival

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Camping

  • Book a campsite for Goomeri Pumpkin Festival at the Goomeri Sports Ground Campground City.
  • Per night, $20 per site. 
  • Book online or call the Pumpkin Festival Inc on 0484 629 424 

Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Tent City

  • There’s now a tent city set up and ready for you to move in
  • Book a twin share tent, a single tent, or a triple share ten
  • One night for three people in a triple share tent without linen or extras costs $200 AUD

You can hire camp chairs for $10 each, camp tables for $25 each, a single bed linen pack for $60 per person, or a double bed linen pack for $85 per bed.

A twin share tent costs $180 for two people per night, not including linen. 

(Prices subject to change)

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Looking for More Fun Things to Do around Goomeri with Kids

No.1: Heritage walk around Goomeri

Take a leisurely stroll around the town and look at all of the engraved plaques which describe the buildings and businesses which were a part of Goomeri’s history. Visit the Heritage and Information Centre to get a Walking tour map.

No.2: Check out local memorabilia

Visit Goomeri Heritage and Information Centre – have a look at the display of memorabilia.

No.3: See the Town Clock

Look at the town clock in the centre of town – take note of the ‘missing numbers’, which are letters (Lest we forget).

No.4: Hall of Memory 

See the heritage listed Hall of Memory in Boonara Street


Image credit: Thirumurugan Ponnusamy via Wikipedia CC BY SA 4.0

More Things to Do in South Burnett Shire & Gympie region


  • Murgon Dairy Museum
  • Boat Mountain Conservation Park
  • Bjelke-Petersen Dam
  • Follow the Barambah Wine Trail


  • Wondai Timber Museum
  • Art Gallery


  • Kilkivan Museum
  • The Chimney – remains of a pre-1900 copper smelter (10 minutes from town)
  • Mudlo Gap Conservation Park – 20 mins from Kilkivan – dry rainforest walk and picnic area


  • Gympie Gold Mining and Historical Museum
  • Gympie Memorial Park
  • Take a ride on the Mary Valley Rattler tourist train

Toadstool Rating: Goomeri Pumpkin Festival Reviews

Top weekend away. 

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