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The Back O'Bourke Exhibition Centre has recently been redeveloped as a world class facility nestled in a spectacular natural setting amongst the river red gums on the banks of the Darling River.

Experience the Back O' Bourke through our professionally run school excursions program. We offer you the experience of a lifetime! You can expect the excursion to be educational, interesting, adventurous, carefully planned, safe, fully packaged, very competitively priced and tailored to your needs.

The PV Jandra is a replica paddle vessel built locally by the Mansell family in 2000. The Jandra is licensed to carry 100 passengers and offers 2 regular crusies per day along the Darling River.

Mateship Country Tours takes you on a 3.5 hour discovery tour of Bourke. Absorb first hand the past and present stories of the Outback's most famous town.

As the Darling River flows through Bourke, it makes the perfect setting to relax and unwind. If you enjoy fishing then try your luck catching the much sought after Cod or Yellowbelly, or take a river cruise on the Jandra Paddleboat, a replica paddle vessel that cruises the river.

Para Native Garden is an interpretive native garden established in the suburban back yard of Olga Collis-McAnespie and her husband Alan. It offers an exclusive andpersonal account of a Muruwari family's journey and way of life during the pastcentury. It teaches about traditional uses of native, bush tucker and bushmedicine plants, while providing insight into Aboriginal culture, values and protocols.

At the end of Sturt Street is the Port O' Bourke and the location of the old Bourke wharves. A replica wharf now stands just slightly down stream form the originals. Well worth a visit the wharf area and the Old Crossley Engine will please.

Located at the Wharf area is a fully restored 1923 vintage Crossley oil fuelled stationary engine. The engine manufactured in Manchester England, is a fine example of an early four stroke diesel type engine.

The Bourke Cemetery occupies a large site (approx. 6ha) along the eastern side of Gorrell Avenue (the road to Cobar) approx 1km south of Bourke town. The Coolibahs of Bourke cemetery guard a fascinating piece of Australia's frontier history. The Bourke Cemetery predates the town and has been the scene for two of Australia's most famous funerals.

The Back O' Bourke Gallery is situated on the banks of the Darling River at North Bourke, 5km north of the legendary Australian town of Bourke in outback NSW. North Bourke is a developing outback tourist village and this beautifully presented gallery houses the studio of exciting outback artist, Jenny Greentree.

The first bridge built over the Darling at North Bourke was built in 1883. This is a Lift-up Bridge and the remains of the pulleys and cogs can be easily seen. The bridge was decommissioned in 1998 and the new Bridge opened.

The craters on Mt Oxley may provide a clue to one of the persistent mysteries of the outback. Sturt reported distinctly hearing "a report as of a great gun discharge" three times in his travels; twice in the Stony Desert, and once when near Mt Oxley in 1828.

Built in 1897 to ensure a permanent supply of water to the town. The Bourke Lock was the first to be built in Australia and the only one on the Darling River.

Some of the Oxley St buildings consist of The Old London Bank (1888), Courthouse (1900),Post Office (1880), and Post Office Hotel (1888). At the corner of Mitchell and Wilson Streets is the Carriers Arms Inn, frequented by Henry Lawson in the early 1890's and mentioned in some of his stories. The Inn was also a Cobb & Co coaching stop on the Hungerford route.

The Brewarrina fish traps are estimated to be over 40,000 years old. This elaborate network of rock weirs and pools stretches for around half a kilometre along the riverbed from the town weir and were built by the ancient tribes to catch fish as they swam upstream.

The Back of Bourke is more than a geographic location, it's part of the Australian language, part of the folklore. Bourke provoked author Henry Lawson to write after his visit in 1893, 'If you know Bourke, you know Australia.'

 

Bourke PCYC has been a part of the local community since 2006 and continues to contribute to our society. 
Bourke PCYC is located on the corner of Hope and Wilson St near Davison oval. 

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