What It’s Like to See the Remote Outback of New South Wales in Mungo National Park

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Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park Photo Credit: Australia.com

Moon over Mungo National Park

Moon over Mungo National Park Photo Credit: Australia.com

Walls of China Mungo National Park

The Walls of China in Mungo National Park Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

When you think of the Australian Outback, New South Wales may not come to mind. However, in the western corner of the state close to the Victorian border is Mungo National Park. With some of the most fantastic desert landscapes and some of the most ancient Aboriginal history in Australia, Mungo National Park makes for a unique and historic holiday spot you will never forget. Join us today as we cover some of the highlights in Mungo National Park and show you how to get there.

Getting to Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park with Mildura, Victoria in the background

Mungo National Park with Mildura, Victoria in the background. Photo Credit: VisitVictoria.com

Mungo National Park Map

Mungo National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

Mungo National Park-Map

Mungo National Park Map Photo Credit: Google Maps

One of the great things about Mungo National Park is that it is centrally locate to Sydney, NSW, Melbourne, Victoria, and even Adelaide South Australia. To give you an idea of distances, Mungo National Park makes a great road trip from any of these cities. You are looking at about a 12 hour drive from Sydney west to the NSW Outback. If you are in Melbourne, it is about an 8 hour drive north to your desert destination. Adelaide is the closest capital to Mungo National Park and is a little under a 7 hour drive. When you hire a four wheel drive, all terrain vehicle from Budget Trucks Adelaide, it can make getting there part of your holiday.

Things to do in Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park Walls of China

Mungo National Park Walls of China Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

Walls of China

Walls of China Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

As you can see from the images, Mungo National Park can look quite different depending on the time of day. Take that into consideration when planning your holiday here, so that you can make the most of exploring this unique region. With the desert landscapes, towering Walls of China, and other historic, even ancient sites you will want to see and do it all. Things to do while in Mungo National Park include walking, cycling, exploring the ancient Aboriginal history, guided tours, picnicking among the sights and scenery, and camping.

Walks in Mungo National Park

Hiking in Mungo National Park

Hiking in Mungo National Park Photo Credit: VisitNSW.com

The Walls of China

Walls of China Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are several different walks and walking tours you can take while in Mungo National Park. Choose from the Foreshore Walk, where you can explore the highlights of the protected lands in the park in the 2.5 km loop walk. Then there is the Grassland Nature Trail, which is an easy walk that is even wheelchair accessible where you can take in the scenic views and do some birdwatching. The Mallee Stop Walking Track takes you over the dunes and close to Lake Mungo with a good opportunity to learn some Aboriginal history and culture; it is a medium level 1 km loop walk. Whether you are walking, biking or driving through Mungo National Park, be sure to put Mungo Lookout on your list of places to visit for some amazing, panoramic views. When walking in the desert, remember to bring plenty of drinking water, sunscreen, and a hat to protect you from the desert sun and elements. Being prepared for your walk with the right tools will ensure you have a great time walking in and exploring the outback.

Cycling and Biking in Mungo National Park

Walls of China-Mungo National Park

Walls of China Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

The Walls of China is a big draw and probably the most popular attraction in the park. You can of course, take one of the walks to and around the rock features, but it is one of the places in the park that also has a cycling trail. The bike track takes you through the World Heritage Willandra Lakes region. The trail is 10 km long and begins and the Mungo Visitor Centre. The Zanci Pastoral loop is another cycling track through the Willandra lakes World Heritage Area that is within Mungo National Park. Keep on the lookout for wildlife and birdwatching on this 10 km loop track that is rated easy.Of course, if walking or biking isn’t your thing, these two trails make a great self-drive tour too.

Aboriginal Tours in Mungo National Park

Mungo Homestead

Mungo Homestead Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

One of the most important things to remember when in Mungo National Park is the fascinating story of the history here. This is the site of one of the most important archaeological finds, the Mungo Lady and Mungo Man found here are the world’s oldest human creations that we know of. This is a rare look at 42,000 year old ritual burials. There are several places within the National Park where you can learn about the Aboriginal history here. The Mungo Visitor Centre near Lake Mungo is a good starting point for learning about the region’s significance to the Traditional Land Owners. The Zanci Homestead is in the Willandra lakes region of the park. The collection of buildings here include ruins and refurbished structures where cooking was done, a dugout building was located, stables, and more. The Mungo Woolshed was built in 1869 and is an inciteful look at drop-log-cypress pine construction. The woolshed represents the sheep herding and history of this region. While not ancient Aboriginal history, this is still an important part of the past of this region.

Picnic Sites in Mungo National Park

Rosewood Pinic Area

Rosewood Pinic Area Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

There are three picnic areas in Mungo National Park. Part of communing with nature and exploring the history here is eating out in the open air among the scenery. Vigars Well picnic area is in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region. The picnic spot is an oasis in the desert landscape. The Round Tank Picnic Area and the Rosewood Picnic Area are both great places to birdwatch while you have lunch out in the open.

Staying in Mungo National Park

Mungo Shearers’ Quarters

Mungo Shearers’ Quarters Photo Credit: NationalParks.nsw.gov.au

If you want to experience Mungo National Park for more than just a day trip, you can stay in the park at the main campgrounds, the Belah Campground, or in the Mungo Shearers’ Quarters. The campsite is in the Willandra Lakes region of the park. There are caravan, trailer, and tent sites available. There are toilets, barbecue facilities, and picnic tables at the campsite.  The Belah Campground is also in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Region and is more secluded spot for just tent camping. There are toilets and picnic tables available there.  If camping isn’t your thing, you can still stay among the park sites in the Shearers’ Quarters. You will still need to bring your own linen, blankets, pillows, and towels, but this offers a little bit more creature comforts than tent camping does. Remember that it is located in a remote section of the park, so pick up your supplies before you arrive. You can make reservations up to 12 months in advance.

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