The locality name comes from a grazing property and the railway station name formerly spelt Gutchy. It is reportedly an Aboriginal word from the Kabi language, Badjala dialect, meaning sand goanna.
There are no schools in Gootchie. The nearest primary school is in neighbouring Gundiah and Glenwood. The nearest secondary school are either the Maryborough State High School or the James Nash State High School in Gympie.
- Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Gootchie (SSC)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 20 October 2018.
- "Gootchie - locality in Fraser Coast Region (entry 46650)". Queensland Place Names. Queensland Government. Retrieved 27 December 2018.