Boolcoomatta

Last updated: Friday 27 May, 2016
A map showing the location of Boolcoomatta Reserve in South Australia.

Established: 2006
Area: 63,000 ha
Location: 100km W of Broken Hill

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Patter, patter...Boolcoomatta
Adelaide and Oodnadatta
Pepegoona, parched and dry
Laugh beneath a dripping sky

A Song of Rain by C.J. Dennis

When celebrated poet C.J. Dennis used the words ‘Patter, patter...Boolcoomatta' to describe the coming of drought-busting rains nearly a century ago, who would have thought that they would still have relevance today?

An Emu family strolls the plains. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
An Emu family strolls the plains. Photo Wayne Lawler / EcoPix.
Yet in autumn it was exactly that sound, the patter patter of rain drops, that again brought relief to Boolcoomatta Reserve after a dry summer.

And just as it must have done back in the day of C.J. Dennis, the rain transformed a thirsty landscape into a luxuriant natural wonderland. But these wet spells are just interludes in the dry stretches that are ‘business as usual' for this South Australian reserve.

Bearded Dragon. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
Bearded Dragon. Photo Annette Ruzicka.
On Boolcoomatta, open mulga woodlands and natural waterholes give sustenance to species such as Gould's Wattled Bat, Blue Bonnets and Red-backed Kingfishers.

Down on the saltbush plains Orange Chats, Chirruping Wedgebills, Bearded Dragons and large flocks of Emus go about their business. And watching over all of this are the dramatic Olary Ranges – some of the oldest rocks in Australia.

All this has been protected thanks to the generosity of our supporters.

What we’re doing

Run for 150 years as a sheep station, Boolcoomatta shows plenty of signs that it was carefully managed, and retains outstanding examples of Saltbush plains, ephemeral streams and wetlands.

Cinnamon Quail-thrush. Photo Graeme Chapman.
Cinnamon Quail-thrush. Photo Graeme Chapman.
To continue to protect these areas our staff and volunteers have worked to control feral animals and weeds.

Our ecologists and volunteers have also been carrying out plant and animal surveys. Already these show significant increases in shrub-dependent birds such as the Cinnamon Quail-thrush, Rufous field-wren, Redthroat and Chirruping Wedgebill.

A Dusky Hopping Mouse, well outside its expected range, on Boolcoomatta. Photo Peter Morris.
A Dusky Hopping Mouse, well outside its expected range, on Boolcoomatta. Photo Peter Morris.
Sightings of the Dusky Hopping Mouse on Boolcoomatta, well south of its known range, are also testament to our improved conditions.

Cultural values

This is the traditional country of the Adnyamathanha, Ngadjuri and Wiljakali peoples. Adnyamathanha means hills or rock people.

Boolcoomatta played a crucial role in both the pastoral and mining industries that helped expand the fledgling colony of South Australia. Many historic buildings on the property were built using local stone.

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