Coolabah Tree Eucalyptus coolabah
Photo: Robert Whyte


The Dig Tree is Eucalyptus coolabah, an iconic indigenous Australian tree.

This species grows in the dry northern and central interior of Australia. It is a sentinel of permanent or non-perennial watercourses, and also grows on floodplains.

The species is very hardy and individual trees, like the Dig Tree, can live for hundreds of years.

The name, “coolabah”, was first recorded by European settlers in 1885-90, either from the word, “gulaba”, the primary name used for tens of millennia in one of the Aboriginal languages; or “gulabaa” from another of the Aboriginal languages.

The Face Tree – all three historic trees at the Dig Tree Reserve are Eucalyptus coolabah
Photo: Lee Beanland

The Dig Tree web site is presented by The Royal Historical Society of Queensland.

To find out more about visiting the Dig Tree go to Explore Bulloo 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.