Located within a comfortable 30 minute drive of Young on the Lachlan Valley Way is the pretty country town of Boorowa. Peaceful, with a number of historical buildings scattered throughout, Boorowa is a good place to stop for coffee, a pub lunch or a good excuse to get in the car and see the countryside surrounding Young.
The largest Aboriginal language group in New South Wales, the Wiradjuri, originally inhabited the local area. The name Boorowa is said to be an Aboriginal word for a native bird, possibly a bush turkey. The first wave of settlers in the area were "squatters" and Irish ex-convicts. The Irish population grew during the 1840s and 1850s, during the Potato Famine, when many Irish fled their own country. Wool and wheat were the foundation stones of the town's economy and remain so today.
DID YOU KNOW THAT...
- Boorowa is known for the annual spectacle of the Running of the Sheep, held during the Irish Woolfest Festival in the October of each year. There is also a street parade, Irish singers and dancers and pipe bands
- You can follow the Shamrock Trail (map available from the Boorowa Visitor Information Centre) and discover Boorowa’s history and heritage buildings
MAKE SURE WHEN YOU ARE IN BOOROWA YOU CONSIDER...
- Seeing the stained glass windows at Saint Patrick’s Catholic Church.
- A picnic on the shores of nearby Wyangala Dam.
- Wandering around the arts and crafts stores and local galleries.
- A weekend visit to the Boorowa Historical Museum.
For further information please contact the Boorowa Visitor Information Centre on 02 6385 3885.