One of the most surprising finds in the Innamincka region is just 16 kms up the road from the pub. The Cullyamurra Waterhole is Australia’s largest billabong at 7kms long and a staggering 28 metres deep.
It was formed after massive floods of the Cooper Creek were restricted at what is now known as the ‘Innamincka Choke,’ where the turbulence from the raging water gouged out the riverbed to form a deep channel. The waterhole has never known to be dry and is deeper in parts than most of Sydney Harbour.
Like most of the Innamincka Regional Reserve, Cullyamurra Waterhole is alive with wildlife and is a birdwatchers paradise. Yellowbelly and catfish are plentiful and if fishing isn’t your thing, the waterhole is famous for some of the most stunning sunsets in the outback.
There is also a significant cultural link to the local Yandruwandha people with hundreds of rock engravings at the waterhole’s entrance.
Camping, fishing, canoeing and motorboat with motors less than 10hp are permitted but you’ll need to purchase a Desert Parks Pass and pay camping/entry fees.