Made famous by Banjo Paterson's poem "Hay and Hell and Booligal". Booligal is located on the tree-lined Lachlan River 79km North of Hay on the Cobb Highway. It is also home to the Booligal Sheep Races which started in 1998 and have been running ever since. A popular community event held in April which attracts over 500 visitors to the town www.booligalsheepraces.com.au
The village boasts The Booligal Hotel which provides travellers with beverages, BBQs and beds, often in that order. It is also general store and post office and a great meeting spot for locals and visitors.
There is also a lawned cricket oval for the occasional social game, shaded eating areas, playground, BBQ and toilet facilities. Along with the Booligal Public School, tennis courts and the Booligal War Memorial Hall, which is regularly used for child care, yoga and community meetings.
Explorer and surveyor, John Oxley, was the first to discover the wide plains beyond the Lachlan River. Booligal became an important staging post for the Cobb & Co network in the golden era of the squatters when 100 000 acre sheep stations were held for a shilling an acre- today's 10 cents! The John Oxley Memorial was erected in the township in 1967 to commemorate the explorer's journey down the Lachlan River. It is surrounded by open expanses of grass plain and saltbush that stretch to the curve of the horizon in the distance, broken only by grazing kangaroos and emus, while hawks, wedge-tail eagles and galahs soar overhead.