About Boulia

Population: 440

Location: Boulia Shire


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 10:00pm, 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.” Then in rapid succession came two more reports to substantiate the stockman’s story. A woman and her husband reported seeing a mysterious light which intensified in brightness and moved away from them. They were strangers to the area and had never heard of the Min Min Light. Their feeling was one of curiosity rather than fear. Another stationhand had seen the light rise out of the old hotel graveyard, bounce through the air for a considerable distance and then suddenly disappear. Many more sightings of the Min Min Light have followed since these initial few, starting the legend of the mysterious lights that has never been solved.


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Attractions/ Things To Do:

  • To preserve the history and myths surrounding the Min Min Light, the Boulia Shire Council created the Min Min Encounter Centre. Be part of a 45-minute show introducing you to characters like Gunna and Bluey who have seen the light. Join Trish McGreil and her husband Ian on the porch of their station house and hear their stories about the lights and the possible explanations. But remember this – you don’t go looking for the Min Min, the Min Min goes looking for you!
  • More than a hundred million years ago Boulia lay on the western edge of a vast inland sea while Hughenden and Richmond were close to the eastern shore. 110 million years ago this area was in an inland sea named the Eromanga Sea. Marine reptiles such as the longnecked Plesiosaur (looking very much like the Loch Ness monster), the Kronosaurus and the Icthyosaur were to be found in this inland sea. The Marine Reptile Fossil Display has a wonderful collection of fossils that are world class.
  • The Stonehouse also boasts an array of historical artifacts from early settlers, including machinery, saddlery and hospital instruments.
  • A state of the art Sports and Aquatic Centre is right at your fingertips when you come to Boulia. The $4 million complex has a 25 metre pool, splash pool, a multi-purpose court, gymnasium, tennis courts and two squash courts.
  • While in the mood for combining exercise and socialising, don’t forget to pack your golf clubs or hire some to play on Boulia’s 18-hole sand green course and meet the locals in the clubhouse.
  • Boulia is the gateway to the Diamantina National Park, home to abundant bird life including the rain bird, blackfaced cuckoo, lorikeets, brolgas and plain turkey/bustards.

Stonehouse Museum Boulia


Annual Events:

  • Each year the town celebrates Easter with races, a rodeo and a campdraft. This is guaranteed to be an action-packed weekend from cowboys on bucking bulls to jockeys pacing their steeds to the finish post!
  • Boulia is home to the iconic Boulia Camel Races, the richest professional camel races in Queensland and the longest camel race in Australia running a 1500m cup final, making it the Melbourne Cup of Camel racing. This event is held on the third weekend of July each year. Visitors flock to the Boulia race course to watch the “Ships of the Desert” race (hopefully the right way) around the track.
Boulia Camel Races

Boulia Camel Races

Food & Drink, Restaurants & Pubs:

Suggested itineraries incorporating Boulia:


Min Min Encounter and Visitor Information Centre

Phone: 07 4746 3386
25 Herbert Street, Boulia


For more information on Boulia experiences, check out the Boulia Shire Council website:


Min Min Encounter

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…

Boulia Marine Reptile Fossil Display

Boulia has an unique collection of fossils from the Cretaceous Era when Boulia was part of the inland Eromanga Sea. The fossils are the real thing and some show explicit detail such as teeth. Many Ichthyosaurs and Plesiosaurs have been found in Boulia as well as a unique…

Boulia Sports and Aquatic Centre

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…

Boulia Heritage Complex

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…

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