Service centre on the southern edge of the
Booleroo Centre is located 259 km north of
Adelaide and 400 metres above sea level at the
southerly end of the Flinders Ranges. It is
essentially a service town for the surrounding
wheat farmers and the joy of visiting the town
is to experience the vast, almost uninhabited,
fields and paddocks around the town which are
characterised by solitary sandstone remnants in
vast fields of wheat. The town's appeal is also
heightened by the prominent position of Mount
Remarkable which looms over the town.
The town's name reputedly comes from a local
Aboriginal word, either 'bulyeroo' or 'bulyaroo',
which meant either 'plenty' or 'soft mud'. There
is no hard evidence for either interpretation.
The Reverend John Thorne claimed that he added
'Centre' when the town was first being surveyed.
It became Booleroo Centre in the 1870s when the
local property, Wirrabara station, was resumed
by the government.
Things to see:
house in a ploughed wheatfield near
Booleroo Steam & Traction Preservation
The town's only real attraction is this
excellent collection of steam and traction
engines. Not surprisingly in March/April each
year it is host to an annual display when lovers
of steam power bring their antique engines and
tractors to the town. There are such strange
items as the Fowler Steam Ploughing engine which
was built in 1882 and weighted 26 tons. For more
details contact (08) 8667 2193