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In August 1860, thousands of people turned up to farewell the Victorian Exploring Expedition with great pomp and ceremony. Over the next nine months, the expedition travelled north in stages from Melbourne to Menindie, Menindie to Cooper’s Creek, Cooper’s Creek to the Gulf of Carpentaria, and back to Cooper’s Creek. Along the way excess supplies were discarded, enemies created, opportunities overlooked and many lives lost.

Follow the menu links at left for a chapter-by-chapter narrative of the expedition, and information on other aspects of the journey.