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Boggabri is a small town in north-western New South Wales, Australia. It is part of Narrabri Shire and lies between Gunnedah and Narrabri on the Kamilaroi Highway. At the 2011 census, the town had a population of 866 people.

The original town site was 20 km south and settled in the 1830s, but was relocated after a flood washed it away in the 1850s. Boggabri comes from Gamilaraay bagaaybaraay, literally "having creeks". It is likely a reference to the Namoi River, which passes through Boggabri.

Boggabri's main tourist attraction is Gin's Leap. Its name derives from the story of an Aboriginal girl who was promised to an elder of her tribe, the Kamilaroi, and ran away with a young man from a neighbouring tribe. The couple were pursued and, seeing no escape, jumped from the cliff to their deaths.

Dripping Rock is another natural attraction featuring water that seeps through sedimentary rock and drips down a 50m high wall. The water cascades down into a rock pool below after good rain creating a local waterfall.

Boggabri is also famous for being the hometown of Country Rugby League Firsts Representative, Newcastle Rep player and Player of the year in 2016, a Newcastle Knight Junior Representative and long standing Macquarie Scorpion in the Real NRL. Blake is commonly regarded as one of the toughest players to grace Lyle Peacock oval.

There are two primary schools in Boggabri: Boggabri Public School and Sacred Heart Primary School.

The town is also home to the Boggabri John Prior Health Service and Prior House Frail Aged Care Home, both named after resident Dr John Prior OAM (1922-2014), who served as the community's sole doctor for half a century and is believed to be New South Wales' longest serving GP.

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