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COOPERS CREEK and INNAMINCKA

The Innamincka area of Coopers Creek is best known for the ill-fated expedition of explorers Burke and Wills through Central Australia in 1860. It is situated within the Innamincka Regional Reserve on the banks of Coopers Creek in South Australia’s Channel Country.
The Dig tree at Depot Camp marked the location of the buried supplies, left when the depot party decided to return to Menindee. Robert O'Hara Burke had asked the depot party to remain at Depot Camp, on the Coopers Creek, for three months, awaiting his return. The depot party waited for over four months, but they believed Burke would not be returning from the Gulf, so decided they decided to leave, after carving a message on a tree to mark the spot where they had buried supplies.


The Innamincka/Cooper Creek state heritage area is located on Kidman's Innamincka Pastoral Lease within the Innamincka Regional Reserve. The area is just over a 1,000km north east of Adelaide, along the Strzelecki track.

The Cooper Channel is an important natural feature of the state's arid north east. It is a stunning landscape with a network of permanent waterholes, many of which retain water and provide a haven for wildlife even in times of extreme drought.




Coopers Creek - Sept. 1987


Cullymurra Waterhole - Coopers Creek - Sept. 1987

King's tree - Coopers Creek - Sept. 1987
This is the spot where Howitt's party found King 15/09/1861

Old Mission Hospital Ruins - Innamincka -Sept. 1987
The Australian Inland Hospital was built in 1928, and operated until the early 1950’s when the Royal Flying Doctor Service provided better care for the area. The Mission was then abandoned and fell into disrepair.In the mid 1990’s, Santos and the Australian Geographic sponsored the restoration of the building. It now houses the National Park Headquarters and a museum to the pioneering spirit of the nurses who served there.

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Will's Memorial - Innamincka - Sept. 1987

The trading Post - Innamincka - Sept. 1987

Burke's tree - Coopers Creek - Sept. 1987

Blazed tree - Coopers Creek - Sept. 1987



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Dig tree - Coopers Creek - Sept1987


Will's Memorial - Innamincka - Sept. 1987



King's Memorial - Innamincka - Sept. 1987
John King was the sole surviver of Burke's party. He was rescued in September 1861, after being befriended by local aborigines.


Burke's Memorial - Innamincka - Sept. 1987

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