Innamincka is a fascinating outback destination with a permanent population of about 12 residents!
Innamincka is a fascinating outback destination with a permanent population of about 12 residents. Nestled near the Cooper Creek, 1065 kilometres north-east of Adelaide, 459 kilometres from Lyndhurst up the Strzelecki Track and 400 kilometres south-east of Birdsville.
Cullyamurra Waterhole on the creek is always good for camping and fishing. Sturt discovered the waterhole in 1845 and it has never been dry since. It is eight kilometres long and up to 28 metres deep. At the eastern end you’ll find ancient Aboriginal rock carvings.
Innamincka took its name from the Aboriginal word Yidniminckanie. As a result of this, it is a fascinating area rich in natural, Indigenous, pastoral and explorer history.
Visit Innamincka with Outback Aussie Tours:
- Corner Country Explorer: 2020 14-15 Day Tour. Journey to the spectacular Channel Country and discover fascinating and remote Outback communities with legendary outback characters. Retrace the last days of Burke and Wills and explore majestic desert landscapes on this fully inclusive memorable tour. The Corner Country Explorer departs Brisbane and visits Roma, Charleville, Thargomindah, Tibooburra, Innamincka, Birdsville, Windorah and Longreach.
Highlights in Innamincka:
- Innamincka Regional Reserve: Spanning a total of 1.3 million hectares, the reserve is home to 200 species of birds, many native animals and reptiles. The heritage-listed Innamincka Regional Reserve park headquarters and interpretation centre gives an insight into the natural history of the area, Aboriginal people, European settlement and Australia’s most famous explorers, Burke and Wills.
- The Dig Tree: The famous Dig Tree is one of Australia’s national icons and an enduring reminder of our pioneering spirit. This is the site from which Burke and Wills set off for the Gulf of Carpentaria and the scene of their tragic exhausted return to find the camp deserted (by only a few hours!) with a carving on a large coolibah tree telling them where to dig for supplies. The Dig Tree is just over the Queensland border 70 kilometres from the town centre. Also, there is King’s Marker which signifies the spot where the sole survivor of the Burke and Wills expedition, John King was found.
- Innamincka Hotel: Alternatively for a well earned rest check into a motel room at the hotel. Tourist information and Park Passes are also available at the Innamincka Hotel. The hotel and store is where you can purchase supplies.
- Camping on the Cooper Creek: The Cooper Creek rises west of the Dividing Range between Charters Towers and Longreach in Queensland journeying more than 1,300 kms to Lake Eyre in South Australia’s north. It is one of the largest unregulated river catchments in the world, and some of the most beautiful camping can be found along the banks of Cooper Creek, which has good birdlife, fishing and canoeing options.
- Memorial plaques: View the memorial plaques to expeditions by Charles Sturt in 1845. Along with plaques of explorers Burke and Wills, who in 1861 led an expedition from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. East along the creek is Burke’s own memorial, and west is Wills’.
- Malkumba-Coongie Lakes National Park: 100 kilometres north-west of Innamincka are the Coongie Lakes, 1.9million hectares which are listed as wetlands of international importance. The waterbird diversity is high for an arid wetland and is a significant feeding, resting and breeding site for an enormous number of birds that migrate to the area from around the world. This area is protected – dogs, guns, fishing, campfires and generators are not permitted. It’s important to keep to the road as the ecology off the road is fragile. You need a four wheel drive vehicle to visit this area and a Desert Parks Pass or camping permit. Collecting wood in the reserve is not allowed and there is also no fresh water in the town. There is no mobile phone coverage in the park.
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Journey to the spectacular Channel Country and discover fascinating and remote Outback communities with legendary outback characters. Retrace the last days of Burke and Wills, visit the historic Dig Tree, toast the sunset overlooking the Simpson Desert and much more......