Burke and Wills Dig Tree

The Dig Tree marks the spot where expeditioner Brahé waited for Burke and Wills to return from their attempt to cross the continent. After waiting over four months and certain they had perished, Brahé and his men departed on 21 April 1861. Only 9 hours later, Burke and Wills returned. Don’t miss this relic of the worst timing in Australian history.

In the heart of Australia’s outback, the Dig Tree stands as a living monument to exploration and resilience. Located on the banks of Cooper Creek in the remote Queensland wilderness, this iconic tree holds historical significance as a key point in the ill-fated Burke and Wills expedition of 1860-61.

Under the shade of the Dig Tree, explorers Burke, Wills, and King marked their names, carving into the trunk as a testament to their journey. Today, this venerable Coolibah tree serves as a poignant reminder of the challenges faced by early Australian explorers.

As you stand before the Dig Tree, you’re transported back in time, connecting with the spirit of adventure and determination that defined an era.