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Back O'Bourke Exhibition. Photo Shire Council
Back O'Bourke Exhibition. Photo Shire Council
Outside O'Bourke Exhibition. Shire Council
Outside O'Bourke Exhibition. Shire Council
Historic Bourke Court. Tourism New South Wales
Historic Bourke Court. Tourism New South Wales
Trees on Darling River. Photo Tourism NSW
Trees on Darling River. Photo Tourism NSW
Bourke History in O'Bourke Exhibition Centre
Bourke History in O'Bourke Exhibition Centre
Darling River at Sunset. Mike Newling, TNSW
Darling River at Sunset. Mike Newling, TNSW
North Bourke Bridge. Robbi Newman, TNSW
North Bourke Bridge. Robbi Newman, TNSW
Native Lizard in Bourke, Photo tourism NSW
Native Lizard in Bourke, Photo tourism NSW

Bourke Information

Bourke in New South Wales is a small town with a population of about 3,000 people with 33% being indigenous aboriginals.

The town was originally established by British settlers in the 1920’s and was called Prattenville which was later named after the governor Richard Bourke in the 1830’s. The town was once a goods and passenger destination travelled by the local paddle steamer along the Murray-Darling River which declined when the railway was built in 1885.

Bourke refers to and represents the agricultural district of outback Australia where the expression of “back o bourke” was created creating the nickname the “outback”. A great way to find out more is to experience the Back of Bourke Tour which leaves from the local visitor centre.

For tourists and travellers visiting Bourke don’t miss the excitement of the Jandra Paddleboat. Two hour cruises are available and the old steamer will travel down the Darling River on an eco tourism adventure.

Bird watchers will be delighted with the abundant wildlife the Darling River contains. There are pelicans, ibis, brolgas, cockatoos, wedge tailed eagles, swans, herons and hundreds of other species to see.

The Bourke cemetery is well worth exploring as it is the cemetery and resting place of the famous Fred Hollows. Fred was honoured the Australian of the year in 1991 as the Eye surgeon dedicated his life to helping Aboriginal healthcare. His efforts have led to health care clinics being set up globally helping the less fortunate. Well worth a visit to pay your respects.

Throughout Bourke you will also see many historical buildings most of which date back to the late 1800’s. The best well worth seeing include the Old London Bank (1888), the Courthouse (1900) and the Carriers Arms Inn which was frequently visited by the likes of Henry Lawson on of Australia’s most famous poets.

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Inside The O'Bourke Exhibition Centre. Photo Courtesy of Bourke Shire Council
Inside The O'Bourke Exhibition Centre. Photo Courtesy of Bourke Shire Council
Jandra Paddlesteamer on Darling River in Bourke. Mike Newling, Tourism NSW
Jandra Paddlesteamer on Darling River in Bourke. Mike Newling, Tourism NSW