Boggabri (/ˈbɒɡəbr/ BOG-ə-bry)[2] is a small town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. It is part of Narrabri Shire and lies between Gunnedah and Narrabri on the Kamilaroi Highway. At the 2016 census, the town had a population of 856 people.[1]

New South Wales
Court House
Coordinates30°42′S 150°02′E
Population856 (2016 census)[1]
Elevation251 m (823 ft)
State electorate(s)Barwon
Federal Division(s)New England, Parkes

The original town site was 20 km (12 mi) south and settled in the 1830s, but was relocated after a flood washed it away in the 1850s.[3] Boggabri comes from Gamilaraay bagaaybaraay, literally "having creeks".[4] It is likely a reference to the Namoi River, which passes through Boggabri.

Boggabri's main tourist attraction is Gin's Leap. Its name derives from the story of an Aboriginal girl who was promised to an elder of her tribe, the Kamilaroi, and ran away with a young man from a neighbouring tribe. The couple were pursued and, seeing no escape, jumped from the cliff to their deaths.[5]

Dripping Rock is another natural attraction featuring water that seeps through sedimentary rock and drips down a 50 m (160 ft) high wall. The water cascades down into a rock pool below after good rain creating a local waterfall.[6]

There are two 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),[7] who served as the community's sole doctor for half a century and is believed to be New South Wales' longest serving GP.[8]

Boggabri railway station is situated on the Mungindi line, 515 km from Sydney.[9] The station opened in 1882 consists of a station building on a single side platform, a passing loop and small goods yard.[10] Currently a single daily Xplorer diesel railmotor operating between Sydney and Moree serves the station.[11]

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.[12]


According to the 2016 census of Population, there were 856 people in Boggabri.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people made up 13.2% of the population.
  • 85.6% of people were born in Australia and 87.5% of people spoke only English at home.
  • The most common responses for religion were Anglican 34.0%, No Religion 21.8% and Catholic 18.8%.[1]


  1. Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Boggabri (L) (Urban Centre/Locality)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 24 May 2018.
  2. Macquarie Dictionary, Fourth Edition (2005). Melbourne, The Macquarie Library Pty Ltd. ISBN 1-876429-14-3
  3. "Boggabri". Narrabri Shore Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  4. "Boggabri". Geographical Names Register (GNR) of NSW. Geographical Names Board of New South Wales. Retrieved 20 June 2009.
  5. "Gins Leap". Narrabri Shire Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  6. "Dripping Rock". Narrabri Shire Council. Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  7. "Country doctor with a heart of gold". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 2014.
  8. "Long-serving Boggabri GP remembered". Australian Community Media - Fairfax Media. 6 February 2014.
  9. Boggabri Railway Station. Accessed 1 April 2008.
  10. "Boggabri Railway Station | NSW Environment & Heritage". Retrieved 16 August 2016.
  11. "North West timetable". NSW Trainlink. 7 September 2019.
  12. "Captain Out Of Test Team". The Courier-Mail (1933 - 1954). Brisbane, Qld. 17 July 1946.

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