Goomboorian is a rural locality 20 km north-east of Gympie. The origin of the name is apparently unrecorded.

The Great Sandy National Park is east of Goomboorian, and there were large stands of timber in the Goomboorian district, extending to Kin Kin. In the 1870s-80s, sawyers worked the Goomboorian forests, taking the logs out through Tin Can Inlet. Between Goomboorian and Gympie the timber was less useful, but scrub was plentiful.

Land clearing and farm selections began in the early 1900s. A school opened in 1902. The post office directory of 1913 recorded 42 farmers/selectors and another 20 people of no stated occupation. Some went in for dairying, transporting their produce to the Kin Kin factory, and others took up banana-growing. In 1930 there were over 40 fruit-growers and another 40 farmers at Goomboorian, along with a sawmill. The school closed in 1967. Farming has remained diverse and includes sheep, beef cattle and grain farming, fruit and tree nut growing, mushroom and vegetable growing.

Goomboorian's census populations have been:

Census DatePopulation
191182
1921235
1954469
2006673
2011463
Further Reading: 

Ian Pedley, Winds of change: one hunded years in the Widgee Shire, Widgee Shire Council, 1979