Historic Dig Tree Reserve is a site of achievement and tragedy. The Burke and Wills expedition set up camp at the Dig Tree on the north bank of Cooper Creek. Brahé maintained base camp at the Dig Tree while Burke, Wills, King and Gray set off for the Gulf of Carpentaria. Burke and Wills Dig Tree is located on the banks of Cooper Creek, southwest of Nappa Merrie Homestead.
Tree is associated with explorers Robert o'hara Burke and William John Wills. The Burke and Will Expedition of lead by Burke-left Melbourne on 20 August with 15 men, 26 camels and drivers, packhorses, wagons and supplies. Located on the northern bank of Cooper Creek, the Dig Tree is a Coolibah (Eucalyptus microtha). In John Dick carved Burke’s face into another tree (the Face Tree) about 30 metres downstream of the Dig Tree.
The site is as Burke and Wills and companions would have viewed it nearly years ago. These trees are direct a link to the explorers of Australia’s Historic treefalling.buzzted Reading Time: 40 secs. The Burke and Wills Dig Tree on the banks of Cooper's Creek is associated with explorers Robert O'Hara Burke and William John Wills.
The tree was one of two trees blazed on 21 April by William Brahe and party who had remained at Cooper's Creek while Burke, Wills, Charles Gray and John King forged ahead to the northern coast of treefalling.buzzon: Nappa Merrie Station, Durham, Shire of. Carved into the tree are the initials of Alfred Howitt whose search party found the bodies of Burke and Wills in September The date 9.
61 is carved into the tree and R O’H B indicating that this is Burke’s gravesite. Howitt later returned to this site to retrieve the remains of Burke and Wills and take them back to Melbourne.