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Boorowa

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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

Surrounded by rich volcanic soils, Boorowa is known for producing fine merino wool.

A Grouping
RA2 / MM5

Location

Boorowa is located south-west of Sydney, the shortest route by road is via Goulburn and Yass (328 km, 3 hr 30 min drive). Boorowa is 112 km from Canberra (85 min drive), and is close to  Cowra (77 km, 55 min drive) to the north, Yass (52 km 45 min drive) to the south, and Young (50 km 40 min drive) to the east.

Boorowa is known for its annual celebration of Irish Woolfest, where flocks of sheep fill Boorowa’s main street in the spectacular Running of the Sheep - the day culminates with the Blessing of the Fleece.

How to get there

The nearest airport is in Canberra, a 90 min drive from Boorowa. Canberra Airport is a major airport offering services to state capitals and regional locations.

Population

More than 1,600 people live in Boorowa, the median age of residents is 48 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 3% of the population.

Boorowa is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

Boorowa Health Service is an 18 bed hospital delivering emergency, aged care and outreach community nursing. Allied health including mental health workers provide outreach services to Boorowa from Young.

The nearby Young Health Service is a larger facility offering additional services. Wagga Wagga Rural Referral Hospital (173 km 2 hr drive from Boorowa) is the closest major referral hospital with 315 beds. It provides medical, surgical, paediatric, obstetric, rehabilitation, and gazetted mental health acute and sub-acute inpatient services. Specialties include: cardiovascular, gastroenterology, renal medicine, obstetrics, orthopaedics, psychiatry and paediatrics. It also provides a full range of allied health services and support services.

There is a NSW Ambulance Service station in Boorowa.

Accredited GP practices

  • Boorowa Hospital Medical Centre

  • Industry

The major industry sectors that residents within Boorowa work are: sheep farming (specialised), local government administration, beef cattle farming (specialised), combined primary and secondary education, and hospitals.
  • Education

There is a combined primary/high school in Boorowa (Boorowa Central School) and a Catholic primary school (St Joseph's Primary School).
  • Childcare

There is an early education centre in Boorowa offering pre-school and long day care for children from six weeks to five years.
  • Shopping

Shopping options in Boorowa include an IGA supermarket, a pharmacy, bakery, antique shops and cafes. Additional options are available in Young including Woolworths, IGA and Aldi supermarkets, Country Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and other national retail chains as well as a number of unique boutique stores.  
  • Places of worship

Places of worship in Boorowa include Anglican, Catholic and Uniting churches. Nearby Young offers additional options including a mosque.
  • Points of interest

Boorowa can be a great base for exploring the surrounding region with its wineries, cellar doors and orchards. There are three historical trails to follow through town with more than 40 places of interest along the way, including St Patrick's Catholic Church, the first Catholic church west of the Great Dividing Range. Festival and events in Boorowa and surrounding areas are can be found at Visit Hilltops Region.
  • Sporting activities

Within Boorowa and surrounding towns there are a range of sporting and recreational facilities including cricket ovals, football fields, polo grounds, horse facilities, tennis courts, race tracks, skate parks and swimming pools. Hilltops Council provides a listing of facilities. There are many sportings clubs and team in Boorowa from rugby union to tennis, swimming and touch football.
  • Community groups and activities

Community groups in Boorowa include Boorowa Community Landcare Group, Rotary Club of Boorowa,  Boorowa and District Historical Society, Boorowa Lions Club, Country Education Foundation – Boorowa Branch, and Boorowa Rural Fire Service Brigade.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Boorowa, notable pages include: Boorowa News, Buy swap sell in Boorowa and Hilltops Council.