It’s hot, dusty and the flies are the worst we’ve ever seen, but, cruising along in the Mercedes-Benz X-Class utes, it’s hard to imagine the hardship those on the Burke and Wills expedition would have faced when they passed through here many years ago.
We’re following in their footsteps as we visit Innamincka and set up camp on the steep banks of Cooper Creek, which is flowing over the causeway. There’s more Burke and Wills’ history nearby, including The Dig Tree and the Burke and King’s gravesites. Did we mention the flies? “Half mad with flies and dust and heat, we’d crossed the Queensland Border.”
We also find another great waterhole to camp alongside on the Wilson River at Noccundra, and there’s another great watering hole at the Noccundra Hotel.
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It was fast becoming a tour of waterholes and watering holes, so it was only fitting to wrap up this episode at one of our favourites, the Eulo Queen Hotel, before pointing back south toward Lawson’s ‘Grand Old Gutter’.