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.
Min Min Encounter and Boulia Information Centre, 18 Herbert St; (07) 4746 3386
Nearby national parks
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:
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
Campsites around town
Gum Hole camping area 139 kmThis 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 kmThis 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 kmThe 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
Sunset Top Tourist Park 247 kmRelax 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
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Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town
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What's on around town
Rodeo Races and Campdraft: Easter.
Camel Race: July.
Back to Boulia: traditional games weekend; Sept.