Boulia Things to Do
Stonehouse Museum - Boulia
We visited this little treasure during both our trips to Boulia and would suggest you have a look as well.
During the Cretaceous Period much of Outback Queensland was part of an inland sea....I read this and when I asked David he did not know...so you learn something every day researching for VT. The Stone House Museum in Boulia features an extensive vertebrate and invertebrate fossil display. See the remains of large fossil marine reptiles, sharks, and fish that once inhabited this region.
The museum’s unique stone design keeps out the harsh summer heat, typical of the Tropic of Capricorn.....and it does get hot out here.
"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"
- Historical Travel
Have a Min Min Encounter
Well if you do not see the real thing you can experience a Min Min Encouter.....about 45 minutes of displays and wizz lighting and hear the story of these mysterious lights.
The lights are named after the Min Min hotel in Boulia that burnt down in 1918 ( I think the old original hotel was actually closer to Middleton but those few miles do not count out here!). Soon after the fire a stockman was followed by a light on his journey to Boulia.
The lights were actually first spotted in 1912 and the locals swear they still appear from time to time. But a newly created legend says you need " a left handed screwdriver and maybe a population tool" if you are to see the real thing.
Maybe the Aboriginal folk(the Pitta Pitta people) knew of them long before the white man first saw the lights..
April - September
Monday - Sunday 9am - 5pm
For details click here
Just as soon as I see the lights I will post a photo....Related to:
- Road Trip
Watch out for the Cawnpore Hills
Now I read about the hills in an accommodation guide some years ago when travelling in the outback and I have been unable so far to check out what I read at the time.
You will see from the photo the hills are flat topped....apparently the only other hills in the world of this configuaration /composition are in South America...according to the Accommodation guide. We were quite pleased with ourselves when we spotted them.
I found this information however....
"The Lilleyvale Hills and Cawnpore Lookout are set on the edge of Winton Shire and Boulia Shire on the Kennedy Developmental Road. The Lookout is approximately 51 kilometres west of Middleton. Spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding Hills can be seen from here. The Lookout is well sign-posted and is well-worth the stop on the way through."Related to:
- Road Trip