Burren Junction

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Burren Junction
New South Wales
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Burren Junction wheat silo
Burren Junction is located in New South Wales
Burren Junction
Burren Junction
Coordinates 30°07′S 148°58′E / 30.117°S 148.967°E / -30.117; 148.967Coordinates: 30°07′S 148°58′E / 30.117°S 148.967°E / -30.117; 148.967
Population 130 (2006)[1]
Postcode(s) 2386
Elevation 163 m (535 ft)
Location 51 km (32 mi) W of Wee Waa
LGA(s)
State electorate(s) Barwon
Federal Division(s) Parkes

Burren Junction is a New South Wales village 51 km west of Wee Waa, on the Kamilaroi Highway to Walgett. The name is from the local Aboriginal word for boomerang or 'big creek'.[2] Burren Junction grew from a railway encampment which came from the extension of the north-western rail line in 1902. Burren Junction Post Office opened on 16 May 1904.[3]

Burren Junction is in the Walgett Shire local government area and Jamison County. The village sits at an elevation of 163 metres and has a population of 130.[1] Wheat and cotton growing are the main agricultural industries along with some sheep and beef cattle breeding.

The town has two churches, a general store, which sells fuel, RSL and Sporting Club, sports ground, plus a hotel. The popular Burren Junction Bore is a hot mineral water pool complex that is floodlit to provide day and night bathing.[4]

A Bachelor and Spinster Ball is held each year in Burren Junction, with people travelling from all over Australia to enjoy a night of fun and entertainment.

In 2006 the first Australian record of a Grey-headed Lapwing was made at Burren Junction, this migratory bird native to Eurasia was observed by passing birdwatchers in a field near the silos. The sighting attracted large numbers of birdwatching visitors from all over Australia for the duration of the bird's presence.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Burren Junction (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 2008-10-06. 
  2. ^ "Burren Junction". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 28 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Premier Postal History. "Post Office List". Premier Postal Auctions. Retrieved 5 May 2011. 
  4. ^ Burren Junction Bore Baths Upgrade Retrieved on 6 October 2008

"Lightning Ridge, Walgett and District", Walgett Shire Council, 2000

External links[edit]

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