Jonathan and expedition patron, Jack Thompson
Jack Thompson, Patron of the Burke & Wills Environmental Expedition sits under the Dig Tree during a pause in the filming outback of the Burke and Wills special featuring Jack and historian Jonathan King which was screened on Channel Nine’s “60 Minutes” Program 5th September 2010.  
Mission accomplished !  Burke and Wills Environmental Expedition Cameraman Mike Dillon, AO, and leader Dr. Jonathan King at journey’s end having crossed Australia in the tracks of Burke and Wills from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria with their team of volunteer environmentalists . Now they plan to edit their TV documentary and also film the “pick up shots” during the dryer months next year in those regions of the country which are only accessible on dirt roads and which were flooded out by unusually heavy rains.
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Burke & Wills Environmental Expedition

Melbourne to Gulf of Carpentaria:

“Reporting and recommending repairs for the damage inflicted on the track over the last 150 years”
On 21 August 2010 - on the 150th anniversary of the original  1860 journey of exploration by Burke & Wills, Dr. King will depart Royal Park, Melbourne to lead an Environmental Expedition under the patronage of actor Jack Thompson to investigate environmental issues along the original 1860 Burke & Wills track from Melbourne to the Gulf of Carpentaria. 
As he is looking for environmentalists, scientists, investors, sponsors and paying expedition members for this trip Dr. King would be grateful if interested people would contact him via the contacts page

Volunteers welcome ! Contact Jonathan King through the Contact section of website. 

This 32 week walk will have 4WD vehicles and also camels on different stages for support. It breaks up into 16 legs of a fortnight each.
Check out the article Dr King wrote for the Melbourne Age on the expedition
Burke and Wills who were the first to cross the continent in 1860 have become real Australian icons because they succeeded on such a mission impossible conquering the harsh interior for the benefit of science and the pastoral industry. Although they were searching for useable land and water in 1860 the Environmental Expedition leaving on 20 August  2010 will retrace their journey in an attempt to work out ways of conserving that land and water for future generations. The organizers are looking for environmentalists and volunteers to help carry out this important environmental stock take and anybody who is interested can contact Jonathan King through the Contact section of this website.
The Cullyamurra Waterhole on the Cooper Creek
The Environmental Expedition will travel from Melbourne to the beautiful Cooper Creek (near Innamincka) like Burke & Wills and use this as a base for the operation and launch pad for the trek from the Cooper to the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Burke’s Memorial.
The Environmental Expedition will visit the historic memorial to Robert O’Hara Burke who died in June 1861 near the Cooper Creek
‘Aunty Beryl’ Carmichael

 ‘Aunty Beryl’ Carmichael of the Nyampa People based at Menindee has offered a welcome ceremony to greet the members of the Environmental Expedition. 

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