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Cullyamurra Waterhole
After an eventful night of getting lost trying to find my way back to the tent after a nightly bathroom visit we awoke to the sounds of lovely birds and a flat tyre! So after packing up camp we headed back into Innamincka via Burke's grave site on the banks of the Cooper river. In town we found a place that fixed tyres but it was shut! it opens for one hour in the morning from 8am to 9am, how does one make money from a business like that I don't know! Today we were going to head up to Coongie Lakes around 180ks north of the settlement and camp there the night.  Before we headed off we laid up on supplies from the shop, caught up on Internet and fueled up the cars. I also called my friend Natalie to let her know we would be arriving at her place in Tibooburra a day earlier.
Burke's grave near Innamincka
Our first stop on our way up to Coongie Lakes was Kings memorial and John Wills grave near Cooper River.  Although all three are thought to be buried in Melbourne General Cemetery, the headstones I guess marked the spot where they were originally buried.  Next we stopped at Kudriemitchie Outstation which was in the process of restoration.  The drive to the Lakes was through some ever changing scenery, it was very dry salt pans covered in spindly trees.  Coongie Lakes is a large lake system fed by the Cooper River and is home to a great number of bird life. We drove the sandy track around the lake and checked out the various camp spots, we chose to camp the other side of the lake as this would be quieter.  We found a great spot right on the lake shore and no neighbors! After setting up camp we went for a walk down to the point, plenty of birdlife was around and a falcoln was nesting in a nearby tree.
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We watched it for a while and took some photos, raptors are such graceful birds. We spent the afternoon just relaxing around camp, Vaughan and Glen setup the camera for some sunset footage.  It was a peaceful lovely spot, a place you could easily spend a couple of days as there are plenty of walks around the area and its a photographers paradise awell as a birdwatchers.  At sunset we got some good photo's, fires were banned as it was a National Park but it warm enough to go without one anyway. Campers across the lake had a fire going, typical dirt bike crowd, no consideration for anyone, I was really hoping a Park Ranger come around and catch them at it!


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Cullyamurra Waterhole
Cullyamurra Waterhole
Burkes grave near Innamincka
Burke's grave near Innamincka
Innamincka
Innamincka
A large gum tree by Cooper River
A large gum tree by Cooper River
Kings Tree
Kings Tree
Memorial to John King
Memorial to John King
Cooper River
Cooper River
Kurdiemitchie Outstation
Kurdiemitchie Outstation
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Falcoln at Coongie Lakes
Falcoln at Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Pelicans,Coongie Lakes
Pelicans,Coongie Lakes
Raptor,Coongie Lakes
Raptor,Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
Sunset at Coongie Lakes
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photo by: skippyed