Dig Tree - Nappa Merrie Dig Tree - Nappa Merrie

Location:                              311kms west of Thargomindah on the Adventure Way
Accommodation:               Bush Camping on the banks of Cooper Creek
Activities:                             Iconic Burke and Wills "Dig Tree", and the Face Tree – Fishing in Cooper Creek –
Bird Watching – abundance of Wildlife, and Wildflowers in season
Airstrip Coordinates:         27 degrees 35 min South, 141 degrees 04 min East
                                                Permission: Not Required; Fees: $11.00 per aircraft
                                                Var: 7 E; Elevation 140ft; WAC 3342
                                                Operator: The Manager, Nappa Merrie Station
                                                Tel: (07) 4655 4315 or Ranger (07) 4655 4323
                                                Runways 02/20 Clay 1400m; Spec Proc: Strip is N of Cooper Creek – Animal Hazard
                                                Windsock: S mid way of Runway. Facilities – Pit Toilet in Shack
                                                Services: Ranger on site. For Pilots who have elderly passengers or someone not
                                                able to walk to the Burke and Wills "Dig Tree", arrange to have the Ranger pick
                                                them up and drive them to the Tree.


Camping is permitted at the site anywhere within the fenced area around the ‘Dig Tree'. Basic bush camping facilities are provided.  

Fishing is permitted at the site with a good supply of Yellowbelly in Cooper Creek (limits apply). Native flora and fauna is abundant and there are opportunities for birdwatching along the creek.

Shooting is strictly prohibited. Please feel free to contact the Ranger on 07 4655 4323 or UHF1 (One) for more information or assistance.

A ‘Dig Tree' Advisory Board has been established comprising the Department of Natural Resources, Department of Environment, Bulloo Shire Council, Santos and the Royal Historical Society of Queensland, whose role is to oversee the management of the Tree and its surrounds.

To assist maintain and improve facilities, develop and protect the site for the enjoyment of present and future generations a small management fee will apply to visitors wishing to access the ‘Dig Tree' site. An entry fee of $11 per vehicle, or $33 per bus will be collected. Please note that the South Australia Desert Parks Pass does not cover the ‘Dig Tree' Site Management Fee.