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’
      • ‘Further west of Sydney, out the back of Bourke, they are also looking for a lot of long-lost teams.’
      • ‘The team conducted a biodiversity survey on the wildlife reserve out the back of Bourke, in the state's far west.’
      • ‘It's a fitting monument to a delightfully diverse career that began with some songs written in a caravan out the back of Bourke.’
      • ‘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.’


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