Boulia is probably best known for the mysterious Queensland icon, the Min Min Light. Have you seen the Min Min?
There are a number of theories and mysteries surrounding Boulia. Some sources say that Boulia was named by the Pitta Pitta tribe after the waterhole Bulzoo Bulzoo, however the location of the waterhole is quite a distance from the Boulia waterhole. Boulia is probably best known for the mysterious Queensland icon, the Min Min Light. There are various yarns about the light sightings which are preserved and presented to visitors at the Min Min Encounter complex.
One of the stories from a local stockman goes like this…..”About 10.00 p.m. I was riding to Boulia and passed close to the Min Min graveyard. The night was somewhat cloudy. All of a sudden I saw a strange glow right in the middle of the cemetery. It got bigger until it was the size of a large watermelon. I couldn’t believe my eyes as I watched it hovering over the graveyard. I broke into a cold sweat as it started coming toward me. It was too much for my nerves. I dug the spurs into my horse and headed for Boulia as fast as I could go. Every time I looked back the light seemed to be following me. It only disappeared out of Boulia”.
Visit Boulia with Outback Aussie Tours:
- Birdsville Desert Escape: 9-11 Day Tour. A very popular fully inclusive tour featuring Birdsville, where the Channel Country meets the desert, Boulia, Winton & Longreach. Tour the picturesque Far West Outback region, a fusion of stunning red sand hills, abundant wildlife and magnificent flora and fauna. Includes a 30 minute scenic flight with breathtaking views over Simpson Desert & Big Red sand dune.
Some attractions/events in Boulia include:
- Min Min Encounter: Search for the mysterious Min Min Light
- Stonehouse Museum: Boulia was once part of Australia’s inland sea, believe it or not. Although, that was more than 100 million years ago. Head to the Storehouse Museum to view the extensive marine fossil display. The museum also houses an array of historical artefacts from early settlers, including machinery, saddlery and hospital instruments.
- Police Barracks: All that remains of the original Police Barracks are a sign, some bricks and rubble. However the old Police Barracks makes the perfect place for a picnic, fishing or enjoying the majesty of an outback water hole.
- Fishing: Is fishing your passion? Boulia has you covered. Throw in a line at one of the many fishing areas to catch Yellowbelly and Redclaw at Parapituri Waterhole, the Police Barracks Waterhole and also in the Burke River.
- Boulia Camel Races: Promoted as “The Melbourne Cup of Camel Races”, the Boulia Camel Races is held annually on the third weekend of July. Attractions include fireworks, bands, magician, markets and of course the marvellous camels. This is a great weekend for all the family. Bookies are on track for these races.
For more information on Boulia, we recommend you view the Boulia Shire Council website
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