Look out for the ‘Community Welcomes Recreational Vehicles’ signage on your next trip and rest easy knowing that your destination is equipped to welcome you and your caravan, camper trailer, motorhome or campervan. These towns have made a commitment to offer easily accessible long vehicle short term parking within the town centre and have clear directional signage to their local visitor information centre. This month we are profiling Boulia.
The Queensland Outback is a bucket list location for most caravanners and campers and Boulia should be high on the list of overnight stops!
Take a step back in history at the Stonehouse Museum. When this home was built by James Edwards Jones in 1888 it is unlikely he could imagine that it one day become one of Western Queensland’s major attractions. Constructed as a family home, the stone house is now listed by the National Trust as a building of great interest, both for being one of the first homes built in the region and also for its unique design. Much of the region’s history is on display at this museum including Aboriginal artefacts and photographs relating to the Pitta Pitta tribe.
Once part of the Eromanga Inland Sea, this town has a world class fossil display at the Marine Reptile Fossil Display (located at the Stonehouse Museum), showcasing unique fossils unearthed in the region including the Icthyosaur and Plesiosaur.
The unsolved modern mystery of the Min Min Light is explored at the Min Min Encounter Centre. Take in the 45 minute show which introduces you to the story of the unexplained balls of glowing light that have appeared to travellers for decades with the first recorded sighting at a lonely Cobb and Co staging site in the Boulia Shire.
The Boulia Shire encompasses over 61,000 square kilometres of some incredible scenery and is home to a wide variety of plant and wild life. Bird watchers will enjoy the abundant birdlife in the region and if fishing is more up your alley head to the Police Barracks Waterhole for yellow belly and redclaw.
For many years Boulia has also been home to the iconic Boulia Camel Races, the richest professional camel races in Queensland. This is also the longest camel race in Australia with a 1,500m cup final, making this the Melbourne Cup of camel racing! July each year sees hundreds of visitors flock to Boulia for this event, not just for the races but also for the live entertainment which includes yabby races, camel and sheep tagging competitions, markets, fireworks and children’s amusements.
For more information, please visit the Community Welcomes website.