Historic Dig Tree Reserve is a site of achievement and tragedy.

The Burke and Wills expedition set up camp at the Dig Tree on the north bank of Cooper Creek.

Brahé maintained base camp at the Dig Tree while Burke, Wills, King and Gray set off for the Gulf of Carpentaria.

Brahé waited month after month for their return finally losing hope and leaving on 21 April 1861.

Just 9 hours after Brahé’s departure. Burke, Wills and King reached the Dig Tree almost dead with exhaustion. Gray had died on the return journey.

To find out more about visiting the Dig Tree go to Thargotourism and Outback Tourism.

The Royal Historical Society of Queensland is trustee for the Dig Tree Reserve supported by Nappa Merrie Station and the Bulloo Shire Council.