Goomalling is the last of the towns on the Wheatbelt loop that joins Merredin with Northam. Goomalling is also an historic town that has heritage factors in place and given the towns proximity to Northam and to a lesser degree Perth there appears to be a good commercial feel about the place.
Goomalling is an Aboriginal word which means "the place of the silver-grey possum". Goomal is the noongar word for this possum.
The name Goomalling was first shown for a spring found by explorers Hillman & Lefroy in 1846. Hillman noted on his plan "rich grassy country" and squatters subsequently moved into the area. George Slater was the first in the Goomalling area, establishing a property around Goomalling Spring in the early 1850s.
When the Northam – Goomalling railway line was opened in 1902 the government decided to establish a townsite at Goomalling. It was gazetted in 1903.