Bourke - NSW



DEG: -30.089296 145.937408
DMS: 30º 05' 21.47" S 145º 56' 14.67" E
UTM: 55 J 6670844mN 397604mE
Altitude: 110.75m


Place Type

Population - Town


648.55kms NorthWest of Canberra - Driving 725 km (7 hours 54 mins)
650.12kms NorthWest of Sydney - Driving 762 km (8 hours 48 mins)
873.36kms NorthEast of Adelaide - Driving 1133 km (12 hours 13 mins)

Address & Contact

23-25 Richard St
Bourke NSW 2840
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A


Bourke is not merely a town but a region that is the figurative demarcation between Outback Australia and the east as anything to its west is referred to the ‘Back o Bourke’. This is a colloquial term etched deep in Australian language meaning to be a long way away from anything. On the contrary, it may be far away from 'civilisation' but the further out you go, the closer you get to the essence of this land. Maybe that is what Lawson was alluding to.

By the 1890's, Bourke was a major port for the transport of the southern Queensland and northern NSW wool clip that was transported down the Darling to the Murray River and onto Adelaide for ship transport overseas.

The Port of Bourke was the focus of the world’s wool industry with up to 80 riverboats servicing the region.

The opening of the rail system in Australia and the unreliability of the river flow saw the gradual demise of the 'River Highway' by the early 20th century.

This by no means spelled the end of Bourke and today it is a town that still, in essence, is the same it was back then; a town on the edge of the wilderness with great historical, cultural and geographic significance.

"if you know Bourke, you know Australia" so wrote the famous Australian poet Henry Lawson in 1882.
Text courtesy of Outback NSW Tourism

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Closest Weather Station

Bourke at 13/05:00am EST
Distance from Bourke 6.07km N
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Closest Climatic Station

Bourke Airport Aws
Distance from Bourke 6.07km N
Mean Max. °C37.335.332.227.922.518.818.421.425.729.432.435.0
Mean Min. °C22.221.618.
Mean Rain mm29.337.340.724.824.526.514.211.317.122.743.340.0

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