Where to stay in Boulia for a true Outback experience

where to stay in boulia

Boulia is a charismatic little town in Outback Queensland, with a fascinating history and local attractions: it is the home of marine dinosaur fossils, mysterious min min lights, camel races and spectacular outback landscapes and wildlife. 


It’s the perfect base to explore the nearby national parks, which are rich in birdlife, natural beauty and wide, open skies. If you’re just stopping through or wondering where to stay in Boulia, here are a few places to base yourself during your visit. 


Mural painted on the outside of the water tower, Boulia. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.

The Desert Sands Motel

John and Genevieve Hammond are the friendly locals who run the Desert Sands Motel, located on the main street of town. The motel offers 12 comfortable, modern units in a quiet garden setting, in easy walking distance to all of Boulia’s local attractions, eateries and services. They offer free WiFi for all guests, free laundry services and a barbecue. If you have Fido in tow, they have one pet-friendly unit available. Guests can enjoy a cooked breakfast, free wi-fi access and friendly service, as well as general motel convenience.


Boulia landscape. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.




Boulia Caravan Park

Run by local Maryellen Boyd, the Boulia Camping and Caravan Park is a shady, green campsite on Diamantina Developmental Roads, just a short walk from town. There are plenty of resident animals to keep you company – including some camels, a friendly pony and an impressive array of native wildlife. Choose from both powered and unpowered sites, cabins, units or a family room.


Boulia camel races. Image: Tourism and Events Queensland.



The Australian Hotel Motel 

Feel the community spirit at the Australian Hotel Motel, a hub for residents and visitors alike. At two storeys tall, it is the largest building in Boulia, and one of the oldest. In 1958, the hotel was rebuilt by the Boulia Shire Council, and since 2014 has been owned by Max Smith. There are 13 motel rooms and 9 hotel rooms on offer: all spacious, well-equipped and air-conditioned.

The Australian Hotel also boasts Maxie’s Café and Bar, which serves up a fresh espresso coffee along with tasty homemade treats, and you can enjoy all your favourite pub meals for lunch or dinner in the restaurant. As the home of the annual Boulia Camel Races, the camel-themed menu offers up a choice of camel burgers, snags, pies or sausages rolls, which you can pair with their house beer Crazy Camel Lager. Crack a cold one and feel just like a local!

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