Burke wrote of achieving their goal of crossing the Australian continent: “...it would be well to say that we reached the sea, but we could not obtain a view of the open ocean, although we made every endeavour to do so.” The brief history of their journey is available at Burke and Wills Web.
So, what’s the Gulf like now? Twelve year old Kallem Newton from Karumba lives just 10 kilometers from the spot depicted on Wills's chart. In our Living with Crocodiles video, Kallem describes his life, including his parent’s boat tours:
And, last but not least… the crocodiles... living and also long dead:
Kallem notes that Burke and Wills were lucky to have escaped these reptiles. And in a sense we are lucky as well - if they'd perished this far north their diaries and maps would more than likely be lost to us now due to damage from the damp climate.