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Boulia, QLD

Boulia is located 300 kilometres south of Mount Isa at the junction of the Diamantina and Kennedy Development Roads. The town’s fame largely rests with its association to the Min Min Light, a strange spectral light that can appear, hover, disappear and reappear with an eerie will of its own. Most often described as a hovering luminescent ball, the light has teased travellers, never approaching close enough to be clearly examined. Scientists are baffled to explain this phenomenon.


But there’s much more to be experienced in Boulia. Spectacular outback vistas and a myriad of native flora and fauna set the scene for what should be a memorable visit, rich in history with fossils, culture and a pioneering past.

The first Europeans to pass through the area were Burke and Wills. Burke gave his name to the river that the town stands next to. The town was established by the shopkeeper, Ernest Henry, in 1876 and was sited on the ‘Bullu Bullu’ waterhole of the Burke River. Halfway between Windorah and Camooweal, Boulia was an important stopping point on the stock route. Boulia is regarded as the capital of the ‘Channel Country’. Follow in the footsteps of Burke and Wills in the comfort of your vehicle along fully sealed roads and serviced roads through some of the most stunning outback vistas in Australia.


Millions of years ago, when inland Queensland was tropical, herds of dinosaurs roamed the region. Boulia’s Fossil Museum exhibits a fascinating look at the prehistoric.

A land of contrasts and vibrant colour, Boulia Shire encompasses over 61,000 square kilometres of some of Australia’s most stunning scenery. Fishing, sightseeing and birdwatching can all be enjoyed within the Shire.

Nearest Airport: Boulia

Where to stay?


  • 18-35's
  • Caravan and Camping
  • Rural/Country
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Remote
  • Self-Drive

Popular Activities

  • Sightseeing
  • Swimming
  • Adventure
  • Fishing
  • Outback
  • Fossicking

About Boulia

  • Locality: Urban locality
  • Boulia Postcode: 4829
  • State: Queensland
  • Region: Outback Queensland
  • Latitude: -22.90968
  • Longitude: 139.90684
  • Elevation: 159m
  • Population: 301
  • Median Income: $39676
  • Area (Sq/km): 145.425
  • Timezone: Australia/Brisbane

Explore The Outback

Australia has a vast remote interior, much of it largely untouched. By night, the outback is deathly quiet, with the only light provided by the stars and the moon - a perfect oportunity for stargazing. Explore the isolated heart of the country, meet and connect with Aboriginal people and experience one of the oldest living cultures in the world. Go ‘walk-about’ and immerse yourself with Australia’s endless outback horizons.

Outback Experiences

Luxe Accommodation

Enjoy a distinctly Australian luxury experience, such as the unforgettable reefs, islands, beaches and coast; rugged mountain ranges, rainforests and vast national parks; and the many vibrant food and wine regions. Take a once in a lifetime adventure and discover the sheer indulgence of experiencing the wonders of Australia in style and stay in total luxury.

Australia has wide variety of accommodation options to suit most budgets and travelling preferences. Choose from luxury lodges, boutique hotels, serviced apartments, motels, bed and breakfasts, caravan parks as well as youth and backpacker hostels.


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Glasshouse Mountains