Population 206

Boulia is the capital of the Channel Country and is on the Burke River, named after the ill-fated explorer Robert O'Hara Burke. The town is famous for random appearances of the mysterious Min Min light, a ball of light that sometimes reveals itself to travellers at night. The isolated Diamantina National Park nearby is a haven for threatened species.

Visitor Information

Min Min Encounter and Boulia Information Centre, 18 Herbert St; (07) 4746 3386

Nearby national parks

  • Munga-Thirri National Park

    The largest national park in Queensland at 1 million hectares, Munga-Thirri National Park is a remote and unforgiving landscape, a...more

Nearby towns

  • Mount Isa

    The city of Mount Isa is the most important industrial, commercial and administrative centre in north-west Queensland, an oasis of...more

In Town

Stonehouse Museum: built in 1888, this National Trust–listed site was one of the first houses built in western Queensland. It is now a museum housing the history of the Jones family, as well as Aboriginal artefacts and photographs; Pituri St.

Min Min Encounter: high-tech re-creation of the Min Min light, with outback characters as your guide; Herbert St.

Red Stump: warns travellers of the dangers of the Simpson Desert; Herbert St.

Corroboree Tree: last known of the Pitta Pitta community; near Boulia State School.


Diamantina National Park This remote park south-east of Boulia is rich in colours and landscapes. Follow the 157 km Warracoota self-guide circuit drive to view the spectacular sand dunes, claypans and ranges and many rare and threatened species in their native habitat, including the greater bilby, kowari and peregrine falcon. Canoe or fish in the winding creeks and rivers. 4WD access only. Roads may become impassable after rain; check road conditions before travelling; (07) 4652 7333; 147 km se.

Ruins of Police Barracks: 19 km NE.

Cawnpore Hills: good views from summit; 108 km E.

Burke and Wills Tree: on the west bank of the Burke River; 110 km NE.

Ruins of Min Min Hotel: burned down in 1918, where the Min Min light was first sighted; 130 km E.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Riversleigh Fossils Interpretive Centre 246 km

Situated in Mount Isa and considerably easier to get to than the fossil fields of Riversleigh, which are a three-to-four-hour drive away, this centre has palaeontologists working on site on weekdays, and offers a... Find out more

Campsites around town

Boulia Caravan Park

This spacious, grassy caravan park with 40 powered sites is on the eastern banks of the Burke River, on the Diamantina Developmental Rd. In addition to caravan and camping sites, the park offers unit accommodation with... Find out more

Gum Hole camping area 139 km

This campground is 11 km past the turn-off to Hunters Gorge, about 21 km west of the ranger station on Boulia Rd. A pit toilet and self-registration station are the only facilities; pick up a drive guide brochure from... Find out more

Dajarra Campground 141 km

This basic campground with an amenities block including hot showers is on the Diamantina Developmental Rd at Dajarra, a small community 140 km south of Mt Isa. Bring in your own drinking water.... Find out more

Hunters Gorge camping area 149 km

The turn-off to this campground is 10 km along the Boulia–Springvale Rd from the Diamantina National Park HQ. A further 4 km along is the Mundewerra Waterhole, a channel of the Diamantina River. A pit toilet and... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Discovery Holiday Parkks - Argylla Tourist Park 246 km

On the eastern approach to Mount Isa, this is a well-appointed park that is ideal for a short or longer stay. It has good facilities and is well maintained. Bookings are required during the peak winter months and a... Find out more

Sunset Top Tourist Park 247 km

Relax by the pool or enjoy a meal in the pleasant barbecue area at this popular park, situated 1.6 km from the centre of town and away from highway traffic. Bookings are required during the peak winter months and a... Find out more

Discovery Holiday Parks - Mt Isa 248 km

This park has 100 ensuite caravan and motorhome sites. Located in a quiet part of town it is our pick in Mount Isa. It has a swimming pool and is reasonably priced. Bookings are required during the peak winter months.... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Desert Sands Motel

Three years ago owners Barry and Lorene Westaway decided to seek a sea change from their jobs in Alice Springs but they only got as far as Boulia, where there is at least plenty of sand. They love the small town and have... Find out more

The Australian Hotel

You can stay in one of the nine pub rooms at this iconic outback hotel, or choose one of the 13 motel-style units at the rear. Established in the mid-19th century, the hotel was a favourite watering hole for stockmen... Find out more

What's on around town

Rodeo Races and Campdraft: Easter.

Camel Race: July.

Back to Boulia: traditional games weekend; Sept.

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