Innamincka is a fascinating outback destination with a permanent population of about 12 residents. Nestled near the Cooper Creek, 1,065 kilometres north-east of Adelaide and 459 kilometres from Lyndhurst up the Strzelecki Track.
You can camp along the creek which has good fishing and canoeing or for a well earned rest check into a motel room at the hotel. Tourist information and Park Passes are also available at the Innamincka Hotel. Supplies can be purchased from the hotel or store.
The Innamincka Regional Reserve spans a total of 1.3 million hectares and is home to 200 species of birds, many native animals and reptiles.
View the memorial plaques to expeditions by Charles Sturt in 1845 and explorers Burke and Wills, who in 1861 led an expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. East along the creek is Burke’s own memorial, and west is Wills’. The famous Dig Tree is just over the Queensland border 70 kilometres from the town centre. There is also King’s Marker, where sole survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition John King was found.
Cullyamurra Waterhole on the creek is always good for camping and fishing and has never been known to be dry since first discovered by Sturt in 1845 and is eight kilometres long and up to 28 metres deep. At the eastern end you’ll find ancient Aboriginal rock carvings.
North-west 112 kilometres are the Coongie Lakes, which are wetlands of international significance. This area is protected – dogs, guns, fishing, campfires and generators are not permitted. It’s important to keep to the road as the ecology off the road is fragile. You need a four wheel drive vehicle to visit this area and a Desert Parks Pass or camping permit. The Town has no fresh water supply and collecting wood in the reserve is not allowed.
Innamincka took its name from the Aboriginal word Yidniminckanie and is a fascinating area rich in natural, indigenous, pastoral and explorer history.