Cooper Creek region
Photo: Lee Beanland

ENVIRONMENT

Cooper Creek’s permanent water supply made it an important staging post for Burke and Wills’ expedition. The creek is 1,300 kilometres long, second only in size to the Murray-Darling. It flows into Lake Eyre. 

The Dig Tree is a mature Eucalyptus coolabah, now more than 250 years old. The Coolabah is common along this section of Cooper Creek and widespread in arid and semi-arid areas near watercourses. The tree stands high on the northern bank of the Bulloo Bulloo waterhole.

In 2010 and 1974, waters rose more than 10 metres above the creek bed, flooding the area around the Dig Tree.

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.