Its geography is one of contrasts, from lush green farmland to ancient rock formations that beg for adventures on four wheels, two feet, two wheels or boat.
This holiday season, escape your four walls and explore the great outdoors with these natural wonders in the Murray, most of which are conveniently linked together by this national park trail.
1. Mungo National Park
You don’t need a rocket ship to get to Mungo National Park, but once you arrive, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’ve travelled into space.
Mungo National Park’s landscape more closely resembles Mars than the quintessentially leafy expectation of Australian national parks.
Its lunar-esq landscape is defined by the rise and fall of dried lake beds and sand dunes that make Mungo National Park worthy of UNESCO World Heritage-listed status as part of the Willandra Lakes Region.
Beyond its geography, Mungo National Park makes history as the burial place of Australia’s oldest known human remains (along with past human footprints), Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, which are said to be 42,000 years old.
To start your adventure, pop by the Visitor Centre at the entrance to the park to collect a map to inform your visit or tour with an Aboriginal guide to see these significant archaeological sites.