Boinka, Victoria

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1925 – Filling tanks from the main water supply of Boinka
Boinka is located in Rural City of Mildura
Coordinates 35°12′14″S 141°36′38″E / 35.20389°S 141.61056°E / -35.20389; 141.61056Coordinates: 35°12′14″S 141°36′38″E / 35.20389°S 141.61056°E / -35.20389; 141.61056
Postcode(s) 3490
LGA(s) Rural City of Mildura
Localities around Boinka:
Murray-Sunset Murray-Sunset Murray-Sunset
Tutye Boinka Linga
Big Desert Big Desert Big Desert

Boinka is a locality situated on the section of the Mallee Highway and Pinnaroo railway line between Ouyen and the South Australian border in the Sunraysia region of Victoria, Australia. Boinka is situated approximately 4 kilometres east from Tutye and 8 kilometres west from Linga.

The name Boinka means "flat black beetle" in the language of the indigenous people of Lake Hindmarsh.[2]

The location has a rich history of settlement and is the subject of a photograph collection within the archives of the Museum of Victoria. The Boinka State School (No 3800) is listed as a part of Heritage Victoria - owned by the Crown Reserve and managed by Rural City Council of Mildura.[3] The township was established in the early 1910s, and the Post Office opened on 15 July 1912 when a regular mail service was provided by the opening of the railway from Ouyen to Murrayville a month earlier. The office closed in 1975.[4] The railway station closed a year later, on 30 June 1976.[5]

Unique facts[edit]

1940 – Boinka Streetscape

Boinka is listed within the Victorian Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act of 1988 as being one of only two places where Pale Myoporum (Myoporum brevipes Benth.), a recumbent or erect shrub of up to 2 metres in height (widespread in South Australia), is known to grow indigenously outside of that location.[6]


  1. ^ Travelmate Archived 25 March 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Lake Hindmarsh Aboriginal Language Specimens Archived 4 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ Heritage Places in Victoria Archived 24 August 2006 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 2008-04-11 
  5. ^ "Traffic". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. September 1976. p. 204. 
  6. ^ Department of Sustainability and Environment (Victoria)