The Dig Tree Welcome. 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. Brahé waited month after month for their return finally losing hope and leaving on.
Accompanied by William Wills, a shy English scientist, he was prepared to risk everything to become the first European to cross the Australian continent. A few months later, an ancient coolibah tree at Cooper Creek bore a strange carving: ‘Dig Under 3ft NW’. Burke, Wills and five other men were dead.
The Dig Tree is the site of the camp on Cooper Creek where Brahé and his men waited for Burke and Wills to return from their attempt to cross the continent to the north and back. Increasingly worried, Brahe’s camp waited over four months, past the agreed time, desperately hanging on in the hope that Burke and Wills would return. The story of Burke and Wills and there ill-fated attempt to be the first Europeans to cross the Australian continent.
A few months later both Burke and Wills as well as five other members of their party were dead, and the enigmatic"Dig Tree" at Coopers Creek was mute testimony to their tragedy.
Black and white photographs. Colour and black and white illustrations. Maps. Index. 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 shrubdelimbing.buzzon: Nappa Merrie Station, Durham, Shire of.