Definition of Bourke in English:


proper noun

  • A town in the north-west of New South Wales, situated on the Darling River, about 800 km from Sydney.


  • back of Bourke

    • informal The remote and sparsely populated inland of Australia.

      ‘we don't have the same roads in the back of Bourke as we have in Sydney’
      • ‘The girl grew up in a mud hut in the back of Bourke.’
      • ‘If you choose to live in the back of Bourke, I think you don't expect everything to be just as good there as it is in the urban centres where the vast majority of the population live.’
      • ‘The team conducted a biodiversity survey on the wildlife reserve out the back of Bourke, in the state's far west.’
      • ‘Further west of Sydney, out the back of Bourke, they are also looking for a lot of long-lost teams.’
      • ‘It's a fitting monument to a delightfully diverse career that began with some songs written in a caravan out the back of Bourke.’


Named after Sir Richard Bourke 1777–1855, soldier and governor of New South Wales 1831–37.