Km from Perth
Museum. Old railway station,
Old cordial Factory, Masonic Hall,
Mechanics Institute, Methodist Manse, CWA hall, Anglican church, Hotel, Road
Board building, Railway station, Slater Homestead 1852.
Calendar of events
April: Historical flyer, Jennacubbine rodeo.
December: Street party.
Official Tourism site
Road Board building
The Dolly twins
township is situated in the Central Wheat belt area of Western Australia,
132km north east of Perth.
The name was derived from the Koomal Possum which inhabited the area in
abundance when the district was first established. Now known as 'Place of
the silver grey possum.' Goomalling was also called Coomarin or Coomallyn.
The current name was first used by Alfred Hillman in 1846.
The district was first explored in 1854 by Assistant Surveyor
the Benedictine Monks of
New Norcia held extensive grazing rights in the
As land further west was taken up, shepherds moved further east and they
were followed by pastoralists and land was taken up around Goomalling
The earliest white settler in the district was Mr George Slater and "Slater
Homestead" still stands about 3km east of the town. Slater was a successful
breeder of horses and at one time was said to have sold in excess of 1,000
in a year.
Sandalwood cutting was another early industry but when it was realised that
the roots of the parasitic plant were also valuable, much of the existing
stocks were ripped from the earth and the supply eventually collapsed.
When gold was discovered at Yilgarn the farmers around Goomalling found
themselves on one of the major routes to the goldfield and were able to make
good profits from carting goods and selling supplies to the prospectors. The
effect of gold on the state's economy can be seen in the export value which
rose from 1148 pounds in 1886 to over 6 million pounds by the turn of the
The first Road Board was formed in 1895 and not long afterwards there was
pressure to get a railway line extended from
In January 1900 work on the railway line started and local farmers expected
that it would be complete by the time of the next harvest. As it turned out,
sleepers for the line were 'mysteriously' diverted to a private consortium
in Kalgoorlie and the line to Goomalling was put on hold. A year after the
line was started it had only reached 9 miles from Northam. By August 1901
another 10 miles had been added and although some wheat was now being moved
by rail it was costing farmers twice what was charged on other lines. The
line was completed by the end of June 1902. It had taken two and a half
years to build just 30 miles of track.
Goomalling was declared a township in August 1903 and lot number 1 was
purchased by John Collins for 35 pounds. The town site developed quickly with
the coming of the railway and the hotel (that still exists) was built in
Like many small country towns, Goomalling contributed more than it's fair
share of enlistments for both world wars. World War One saw 135 men enlist
with 19 killed in action. In the Second World War 207 enlisted and 15 did
The present population of the Shire (as opposed to just the town) is
approximately 1200. The district produces several varieties of wheat,
lupins, wool, beef, cattle, pigs, fat lambs etc.
The Goomalling Historical Society has placed sign posts on the old school
sites within the Shire - many can be spotted on the road verges.
Information of the local heritage trail is available from the Telecentre or
Caravan Park. The walk points out places of historical significance around
the town site of Goomalling.
Although only a small town with limited shopping facilities, Goomalling is a
very nice place to stop and relax for a few days and it is fortunate in
being at the centre of a number of other towns that can be reached in a
series of days trips.
Suggested day trips from Goomalling:
1. From Goomalling you can head north to
Wongan Hills and then travel east
to Cadoux, south to
Dowerin and back to your starting point.
2. Travel south west to
Toodyay and then you can chose to go south to
Clackline, then follow the Great Eastern Highway either west to
north to Noble Falls before returning via Toodyay again, or you can turn
east to Northam and then north to Jennacubbine and back to Goomalling.
3. The last tour is south east to
Meckering then along the Great Eastern
Highway through Cunderdin and
Tammin and nearby Hunt's Well before turning
north to Wyalkatchem and then returning via Dowerin.
Each of these trips is on sealed roads and will take you to a number of
interesting places and covers a wide range of different terrain, ranging
from thick forest around Chidlow to salt lake country near Cadoux and along
the Goldfields Water Scheme.
The caravan park is one of the best shire parks in the state and is run by a
very friendly and helpful couple. There is also an excellent hardware store
just over the railway line (on the Dowerin road) which is (in general)
cheaper than the hardware stores in Northam.
Goomalling is a wonderful example of good old fashioned country hospitality
and town pride.
Tall tales and true: Rescue gone wrong.
Charles Chitty employed an Aboriginal man he called John Bull. When John was
minding sheep out at Catabody (near Batbatting) in 1918 he witnessed a white
man fall into a well. John rushed to get the man out but in so doing he
saved the stranger but fell into the well himself and sadly drowned.