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Boulia

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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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.

Stonehouse Museum

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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.

Boulia Sports and Aquatic Centre

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Even when travelling through Queensland’s Outback, a state of the art sports and aquatic centre is only as far away as the sign to Boulia. The recently constructed four million dollar Boulia Sports and Aquatic Centre is proving to be an oasis for visitors wanting to dip in the 25 metre pool or work out in the air-conditioned gymnasium. Other facilities at the centre include an indoor sports stadium incorporating basketball, netball, volleyball and badminton, along with an exercise room and two squash courts. The snack bar overlooks the pool and children’s splash pool coupled with a playground and barbecue area. The centre complements the existing grassed sports oval and shaded tennis courts. The centre is open seven days a week and offers many activities for all levels of fitness. Regular exercise regimes include water aerobics, social squash games, exercise and fitness classes, swimming training and learn to swim, to name a few.

Min Min Encounter

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The Min Min Encounter is a unique theatrical experience incorporating animatronics, fibre optics and loads of other high tech wizardry. The encounter is a tribute to the long honoured art of the bush yarn, all based around the famed Min Min Light phenomenon. At the Min Min encounter you will have an outback experience like no other. In the 45 minute show you will be introduced to the story of the Min Min Light by various characters who claim to have taken on a journey through Min Min country to have your own Min Min experience complete with spine tingling effects and an unpredictable ending. Refreshments including sandwiches, cakes, drinks and cappuccinos are available from the Encounter's Cafe also within the facility. The whole centre is wheelchair accessible.
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