Booleroo Centre

History

Official proclamation of the Hundred of Booleroo took place on 16 June 1875. The name Booleroo is a corruption of the aboriginal word "Bulyeroo" or Bulyaroo" which according to one authority means "soft mud and clay", and to another, "plenty".

No town was ever surveyed in the hundred of Booleroo. The Government town of Booleroo was surveyed in 1878 and proclaimed on 25th July 1878. The early settlers chose the actual township. This area became known as Mt View, although the township was never started at this location.

Booleroo is a service town to the surrounding farming district which include wheat, barley, oats, canola, peas, beans, legumes, beef cattle, sheep, pigs and hay, with the exception of farmers now diversifying into grapes and olives

Attractions

  • Booleroo Centre Steam and Traction
  • The first rally was held in 1969 and the aim of the society is to restore and preserve all forms of historic farm and steam machinery. This has resulted in one of the largest collections of farm machinery, tractors, stationary engines and steam exhibits in Australia. A rally is held annually and the museum is managed by dedicated volunteers.
  • Tours
  • Tuesdays 10.30am and Saturdays 1.00pm Duration: 1 hour. Large groups and alternative times by appointment.
    Contact Malcolm Sparre, phone 8667 2050.
  • Vineyards
  • Situated in towns including Murray Town, Melrose, Wirrabara, Wilmington, Laura and Baroota with cellar door sales becoming a thing of the future in the area with the opening of Remarkable View cellar door in October 2003, the first in the Southern Flinders wine group.
  • Magnetic Hill
  • A short drive east is magnetic hill, an optical illusion, sit back and watch as your car rolls up the hill.
  • Mt Remarkable
  • A short drive West of Booleroo is the base of Mt Remarkable.  Great for picnics and sensational walking tracks.

Events

  • Booleroo Centre Steam and Traction Rally
  • The largest event held in Booleroo Centre is held every year on the town oval on the last Sunday in March.
  • The largest display of working, restored veterans and vintage tractors, steam and traction machines and stationary engines.
  • A great family day with stalls including arts and crafts, native plants, ring events, light refreshments and great food.
  • For further information or appointments for tours or viewings contact Malcolm Sparre, Ph 8667 2050.
  • Christmas Eve Street Party and Australia Day Breakfast Party
  • The Booleroo Centre Community Development and Tourism Association Inc holds Street Parties in the main street of Booleroo, great family get together and fun and games for the children.

Services

  • Accommodation
  • Booleroo Centre Hotel – Ph 8667 2104
  • Booleroo View Bed & Breakfast - Ph 8667 2238
  • Callum Brae Bed & Breakfast – Ph 8667 2162
  • Tanderra Cottage Bed & Breakfast - Ph 8667 2312
  • Visitor Information Centre
  • Tourist information and pamphlets can be found at the Centre Café. Maps and services can be found at a central notice board in the main street of Booleroo.
  • Hospital
  • The Booleroo Centre has a modern 27 bed hospital. Services include: Medical Centre, Pharmacy, 2 Doctors, Flying Doctor Service, Ambulance Service, Obstetric, Dentist, Podiatrist, Physiotherapist, Hospital bus & Out Reach and Home Care Nursing. Aged Care Hostel: A 30 bed Aged Care Hostel is available plus Booleroo Court, which is a 4 unit independent living facility.
  • School
  • The Booleroo Centre Distric School has around 250 students and teaches Kindy to Year 12.
  • Churches
  • Booleroo Centre Uniting Church – 8667 2048
  • St Agnes Catholic Church – 8667 2020
  • St Pauls Lutheran Church – 8663 2410
  • Booleroo Ministry Centre – 8667 2028 
  • Shops
  • Booleroo Centre is a major service town to the district with a variety of shop and services including: Butcher, Baker, Groceries, Hardware, News Agent, Stock Agents, Mechanical garages, Engineering, Electrical, Refrigeration, Air Conditioning, Builders, Carpenters, Chemical and AG supplies, Real Estate, Accountants, Solicitors, Tyre Service, Chemist, Banking facilities and Booleroo Centre Hotel. The town is also serviced with large Grain Receival facilities and Fertiliser Depots. Community, Sporting & Service Groups: Booleroo Centre has many strong and active community and service groups, which include:
    • Ambulance Service – 000
    • Country Fire Service – 8667 2000
    • SES – 8667 2200
    • BMW Football Club – 8667 2067
    • BMW Netball Club – 8667 2003
    • Booleroo / Willowie Cricket Club – Ph 8667 2293
    • Booleroo Cricket Club – 8667 2284
    • Booleroo Tennis Club – 8667 2066
    • Booleroo Centre Community Development & Tourism Association Inc. - 8667 2360
    • Bowls Club – 8667 2299
    • Business Association – 8667 2172
    • Lavender Ladies – 8667 2211
    • Lions Club – 8667 2045
    • Steam and Traction – 8667 2050
    • Swimming – Ph 8667 2088
    • Heart Beat – Ph 8667 2222
    • CWA – 8667 2146
    • WAB – 8667 2050
    • Oval Trust – Ph 8667 2003

Facilities

  • Community Bus – property of the hospital, the bus is available for senior citizen trips and general hire. For bookings, phone 8667 2211.
  • Mobile Library - visits Booleroo every second Friday. www.flindersmobile.sa.gov.au
  • Town Oval - used for cricket and football Steam and traction – purpose built for rally displays.
  • Public phone - situated at the post office. A playground built and looked after by the Lions Club is situated next to the Post Office.
  • Public Toilets - situated in the main street next to the CFS and SES shed.
  • Half size Olympic Swimming Pool – Available to the public. The Amateur Swimming Club competes every Friday night during Summer, learn to Swim classes are held in January each year and the District School use the pool for lessons and swimming carnivals.
  • For enquires, phone 8667 2088.
  • Swimming club phone 8667 2359.

Nearest Visitor Information

Visitor Information

Council Website

Town Website