Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Burke and Wills Dig Tree is one of Australia’s National icons and an enduring reminder of the pioneering spirit and extreme harshness of the Outback. Nappa Merrie Station is proud to officially manage the site on behalf of the Royal Historical Society of Queensland. Located on the northern bank of Cooper Creek, the Dig Tree is a Coolibah (Eucalyptus microtha).

In 1898 John Dick carved Burke’s face into another tree (the Face Tree) about 15 metres downstream of the Dig Tree. The site is as Burke and Wills and companions would have viewed it nearly 140 years ago. These trees are direct a link to the explorers of Australia’s Historic Past.


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Birdwatching Camping Fishing Walks

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Disabled access available


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National Trust


From AU$20.00

There is a Conservation Fee to get into the Reserve, the cost is AUD20 per vehicle or AUD60 per bus (tour bus). Camping is free!

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Dig Tree

Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Durham, Bulloo

Top half of the face caraving

The Face Tree near Burke and Wills Dig Tree

Durham, Bulloo

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