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Bulloo Shire

About the profile areas

The 2016 Estimated Resident Population for Bulloo Shire is 360, with a population density of 0.00 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Bulloo Shire is located in south-west Queensland, about 1,000 kilometres west of the Brisbane CBD. Bulloo Shire is bounded by Barcoo Shire and Quilpie Shire in the north, Paroo Shire in the east, the New South Wales border in the south, and the South Australian border in the west.

Name origin

Bulloo Shire is named after the Bulloo River, which is thought to be named from an Aboriginal word meaning “slow”.

Settlement history

European settlement dates from the 1860s, with land used mainly for pastoral purposes. Gradual growth took place during the late 1800s, when several small townships were established. The population increased gradually from the post-war years, rising from about 500 in 1947 to nearly 800 in 1961. The population then declined, falling to under 600 in 1971, and to about 500 in 1981. From the 1980s oil and gas exploration and mining took place in the Jackson Oil Field. The population then increased, rising to nearly 700 in 1986, and then to about 800 in 1991. The population declined gradually from the early 1990s, falling to about 600 in 2006. From 2006 the population increased slightly, rising to about 700 in 2011.

Land use

Bulloo Shire is a predominantly rural area, with a small township at Thargomindah. The Shire encompasses a total land area of nearly 74,000 square kilometres. Rural land is used largely for sheep and cattle grazing, with oil mining and gas production also being important industries.


Bulloo Shire is served by Adventure Way.

Major features

Major features of the Shire include Lake Bindegolly National Park, Currawinya National Park, Lake Bindegolly, Lake Numalla, Lake Wyara, the Bulloo River, Noccundra Waterhole, Thargomindah Hospital, Thargomindah Golf Club, Noccundra Racecourse, Thargomindah Memorial Park, Thargomindah Sports Oval, Burke and Wills “Dig” Tree, Thargomindah Hydro Power Plant, Ballera Gas Centre and Jackson Oil Field.

Indigenous background

The original inhabitants of the Bulloo area were the Kulilli Aboriginal people.

Included areas

Bulloo Shire includes the localities of Bullawarra, Bulloo Downs, Cameron Corner, Durham, Dynevor, Hungerford (part), Nockatunga, Norley and Thargomindah.