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Day 13 - Innamincka

Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Bit of a sleep in this morning before up and a coffee and pack the vans up for the last 100km's to Innamincka....

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Hitting the road we are glad to find the last 100km's is no where near as rough as the previous day. We roll into Innamincka, refuel, check out the information centre before popping into the pub for a beer...

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Leaving Innamincka we plan to visit the grave sites of Burke and Wills as well as the site where King was found and camp at the Burke and Wills Dig Tree.

The Burke and Wills expedition passed through this area on their journey across Australia from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. They established a Depot Camp on Cooper Creek at Camp LXV, (their sixty-fifth camp since leaving Melbourne), at a place now called The Dig Tree. There was a depot at the Dig Tree from 6 December 1860 to 21 April 1861.

Before the base camp party deserted the depot (stockade Depot Camp 65), only hours before Burke and Wills did return from the Gulf, they had buried some provisions in the remote chance of Burke and Wills return and instructions to dig were carved into the trunk of the tree. The three blazes on the dig tree were:

B LXV Trunk, creek side
Dig 3FT NW Trunk, land side
Dec 6 60 April 21 61 Limb upstream

These Blazes have now been covered to help preserve the tree. Burke's face was carved into another tree (the ‘Face Tree') about 30m downstream of the ‘Dig Tree' by John Dick in 1898 and is still clearly visible. Apart from the boardwalk structure built around the tree to help protect it, the site as you view it now is as Burke and Wills and companions would have viewed it nearly 140 years ago.

First stop was Burke's grave, Howitt's camp and the Dig Tree on Cooper Creek upstream of Innamincka.

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We set up camp then head over to see the Dig Tree....

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Set up for dinner and pop gets another raging fire going....

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Try and get some shots of the stars and milky way before hitting the sack...

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Posted by matt74maximus 02:06

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