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Stonehouse Museum

Boulia, Boulia Area

When Boulia storekeeper James Edward Jones built his home in 1888, little did he know that it would become one of Western Queensland's major attractions. The building was constructed as a family dwelling and now boasts an array of history surrounding the Jones family and early settlement life in Boulia.

Situated on the corner of Pituri and Hamilton Streets, the Stonehouse has been listed by the National Trust as a building of interest, as it was one of the first homes built in Western Queensland and because of its unique design which keeps out the harsh summer heat. There is a wealth of the region's and Jones family's history displayed in the Stonehouse. There's also Aboriginal artifacts and photographs relating to the Pitta Pitta tribe.

Entry Costs

Entry Cost AUD Valid From Inclusions
Adult $5.00 1 May 2009 – 30 June 2010
Child $3.00 1 May 2009 – 30 June 2010
Concession $3.00 1 May 2009 – 30 June 2010
Family $10.00 1 May 2009 – 30 June 2010 Two adults and two children.

Open Times

Note: Open from 0800 to 1600 Monday to Friday; and from 0800 to 1200 on Saturday and Sunday. The Museum can stay open later on weekends by prior arrangement through staff at the Min Min Encounter.

Facilities

  • Car park

Other Information

Children:

Children are welcome.
Pituri Street
Corner of Hamilton Street
Boulia, Boulia Area
Queensland
Australia

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This loop covers most of the North-Western side of the Boulia Shire. You will travel across open grasslands, cross the mighty Georgina River twice, see the tiny township of Urandangi then head to Dajarra and back down the sealed road to Boulia. The track is 670 kilometres long and will take one to two days to complete and is only suitable for high clearance vehicles.

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There are a lot of bush yarns and legends in this Outback country, but the people of Boulia reckon the pick of the bunch are the ones about the mysterious Queensland icon, the Min Min Light. Here is a yarn about the Light they would like to share with you. It was shortly after the Min Min Hotel was destroyed by fire around 1912, when a stockman had one of the first experiences with the Min Min Light: "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". To preserve the history and myths surrounding the Min Min Light, the Boulia Shire Council created the Min Min Encounter Complex. Be part of the 45-minute show introducing you to characters like Gunna and Bluey who have seen the light. More than 100 million years ago Boulia was part of Australia’s inland sea. Visit Dick at the Stonehouse Museum and be amazed by the extensive marine fossil display and the array historical artefacts from early settlers, including machinery, saddlery and hospital instruments. The state of the art Sports and Aquatic Centre is right at your fingertips when you come to Boulia. Yellowbelly and redclaw can be found at Parapituri Waterhole, the Police Barracks Waterhole and also in the Burke River. Come and celebrate 12 years of racing in Boulia at the Boulia Camel Races on the third weekend of July.
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