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New South Wales
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Court House, Boggabri, NSW
Boggabri is located in New South Wales
Coordinates 30°42′S 150°02′E / 30.700°S 150.033°E / -30.700; 150.033Coordinates: 30°42′S 150°02′E / 30.700°S 150.033°E / -30.700; 150.033
Population 901 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2382
State electorate(s) Barwon, Tamworth
Federal Division(s) New England, Parkes
Gin's Leap, Kamilaroi Highway, Boggabri, NSW

Boggabri is a small town on the Kamilaroi Highway in north-western New South Wales, Australia in Narrabri Shire, between Gunnedah and Narrabri. In 2006, the town had a population of 901 people.[1]

The name Boggabri comes from Gamilaraay bagaaybaraay, literally "having creeks".[2] The same "creek" element is found in the name of Boggabilla.

The Namoi River passes through Boggabri. Fishing is a popular activity on the Namoi River.

Boggabri's main tourist attraction is Gin's Leap, so-called after a story of an Aboriginal girl who jumped from the cliff while trying to escape a group of men in the 17th or 18th century.

There are two local primary schools in Boggabri: Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart Primary School.

The town is also home to the Boggabri John Prior Health Service and Prior House Frail Aged Care Home, both named after resident Dr John Prior OAM (1922-2014),[3] who served as the community's sole doctor for half a century and is believed to be New South Wales' longest serving GP.[4]

Boggabri railway station is situated on the Mungindi line, 515 km from Sydney.[5] The station opened in 1882 consists of a station building on a single side platform, a passing loop and small goods yard. Currently a single daily Xplorer diesel railmotor operating between Sydney and Moree serves the station.[6]

The churchman Roland St John MBE and his barrister brother Edward St John QC MP were born at Boggabri when their father was Anglican rector there.

In 1946, Boggabri's rugby league club player, Trevor Eather, was selected to play for the Australian national team.


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