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Boulia - Cities, Towns and Localities

‘Home of the Min Min Lights’

Capital of the channel country this charming town with wide streets, abundant trees and approximately 300 people on the Burke river is home to one of Australia's most mysterious phenomena the famous Min Min lights. The lights were first recorded 73 km to the east of Boulia at the old Min Min Hotel. This hotel burnt down in 1918 and not long after a stockman on his way to Boulia was followed by a light for several kilometres.

Since this time the lights have become famous throughout the region and have terrified locals and visitors alike. Whilst no conclusive evidence exists to explain the natural phenomena a plausible theory has been developed by Professor Jack Pettigrew of the University of Queensland who has theorised that it is an inverted mirage of light sources (fata morgana) which can be hundreds of kilometres away. He claims to also be able to reproduce the min min lights at will.

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.

Other 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.

In addition 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.

Information Centre Boulia Shire Information Centre and Min Min Encounter
Herbert Street
Ph: 07 4746 3386
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Boulia Attractions

Min Min Encounter
• A unique theatrical experience incorporating animatronics, fibre optics and loads of other high tech wizardry. The encounter is a tribute to the long honoured art of the bush yarn, all based around the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. At the Min Min encounter you will have an outback experience like no other. In the 45 minute show you will be introduced to the story of the Min Min Light by various characters who claim to have taken on a journey through Min Min country to have your own Min Min experience complete with spine tingling effects and an unpredictable ending.
Old Stone House Museum
• One of the outback's earliest stone buildings (1884) designed to be cool in summer and made with local materials. Classified by the National Trust and home to several interesting Aboriginal artifacts from the region.

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