Burke and Wills were the first
explorers through the area and hence the name of the River
running through Boulia the Burke, and the Wills River some
14 km away. The township was first established in 1876 by
Ernest Henry on the BullU Bullu waterhole on Burke River.
The shire covers an area of over 61000 square kilometres
with a total population in the shire of just 600 people
accompanied by some 2500000 sheep and 75000 cattle.
interesting items of note are the rich fossil fields nearby,
the famous Boulia Camel Races held at the end of July each
year this event expands the towns population from 300 to
approximately 4000 with entrants from most state and
territories across Australia. With rides for the kids,
market stalls and entertainment the entire week could be
known as a camel racing festival. Free camping is available
at the showgrounds.
Another highlight of the Boulia
calendar is the Boulia Rodeo Races and Campdraft held each
Easter Weekend. Similar in scope to the Camel racing weekend
both events are a boon to the local town and visitors are
made to feel welcome in every sense of the word.
to our listed online travel guide information, contact the local
tourism visitor centre for your destination for more attractions,
tours, local maps and other information.