Bourke is a town in the north-west of New South
Wales, Australia. The administrative centre and
largest town in Bourke Shire, Bourke is
approximately 800 kilometres (500 mi) north-
west of the state capital, Sydney, on the south bank
of the Darling River. At the 2006 census, Bourke
had a population of 2,047, of whom 762 (or 37%)
identified as Indigenous Australians.
Bourke has a hot semi-arid climate with mild
amount of rainfall throughout the year.
Bourke is considered to represent the edge of the
settled agricultural districts and the gateway to the
Outback that lies north and west of Bourke.