On the Track of Burke & Wills


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In August 1860 Robert O’Hara Burke led the Victorian Exploring Expedition from Melbourne with the aim to be the first to cross the continent from south to north. In Menindee, Burke split his party, and taking 8 men with him, headed for Cooper Creek. Burke, with Wills, King and Gray, left the depot at Cooper Creek in December 1860 and headed for the Gulf of Carpentaria. After successfully reaching the sea, they returned to Cooper Creek to find that the men left behind, had departed the depot that morning. In August 2010, 150 years later Vic Widman, of Great Divide Tours, led another expedition to the Gulf of Carpentaria along a similar track to Burke and Wills. Their journey took them to Swan Hill, Mungo National Park, Menindee, Mutawintji National Park, Cooper Creek, Innamincka and Birdsville. This informative video follows the travellers on their adventurous journey from Melbourne to the Gulf and gives an insight into the history of the epic Burke and Wills Expedition.

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