Our heritage

The name Goomalling means “Place of Possums”, from the Aboriginal word “Koomal”, the common brush tail possum that was once abundant in the district, and the suffix -ing which means “place of”.

The first European settler was George Slater in 1854; his homestead was used as a stopover by explorers during the gold rush days of the 1880s.  The Goomalling townsite was formally gazetted in 1903 following the completion of the railway line from Northam in 1902.

Things to do

Experience times gone by in the historic Slater Homestead, which has been restored and refurbished to reflect the pioneering days of the late 1800s.

Goomalling’s iconic grain storage domes, the ‘Dolly Twins’ stand out from miles away and are not to be missed.

Nature lovers can follow an informative walking trail at the Oak Park reserve or admire wildflowers and orchids blooming from July to September.

Places to stay

Goomalling offers a variety of accommodation options to suit everyone’s needs, ranging from the centrally located caravan park and motel units to a boutique bed and breakfast.

Places to eat

Dining options are just as diverse; from roadhouse and pub meals over delicious cakes and lunches at Go Café or Lot 39, to the famous steak house at Jennacubbine Tavern.


Be sure to include Goomalling in your travels as you experience the Avon Valley and follow the Pioneers Pathway.

Map: Goomalling is 132km from Perth, close to Toodyay, Northam and Dowerin and not too far from York and Gingin

Goomalling, only 132km from Perth, is at the heart of a lovely region with plenty to see and do