A great way to get the lay of the land is to take the Mungo-self guided drive tour also known as the Mungo Loop Track.
This 70km loop guides you through the park’s desert landscape, pinpointing the best spots to jump out of the car and explore by foot.
The Red Top Lookout, Rosewood picnic area, Zanci Homestead
and Walls of China are all great places to stretch your legs.
Be sure to allow at least two hours to navigate your way through, stopping to take in the sites and historical significance of each area.
You can collect a map and informational brochures from the Mungo Visitor Centre to help identify the best travel route.
Book an Aboriginal Discovery Tour for an informative deep dive into the stories and significance of the area while walking your way through the ridged, thick sand and clay formations.
If you really want to fall in love with the land make your way to the Walls of China Lookout for sunset as you watch the sun dip below the horizon, setting the dunes alight with a golden-hued glow.
Where to stay?
If you’re wanting to pitch a tent and camp out for the night under the stars there’s two campgrounds within the park to choose from.
The main camp is just a few kilometres from the Visitor Centre with access to toilets and hot showers. The campground itself has free gas bbq's, fireplaces (BYO firewood), picnic tables and non-flush toilets.
If you’re looking for a more secluded spot, Belah Camp is a little more remote with picnic tables and non-flush toilets.
Book a bunk for the night at the Mungo Shearers Quarter in the heart of Mungo National Park. Up to 27 people can stay at any one time within the five rooms and make use of the communal kitchen, BBQ and showers (keep in mind you’ll need to bring your own bedding).
For something a little more luxurious, Mungo Lodge is just outside the national park, where a deluxe or self-contained cabin can be booked.
If you’re only planning on passing through Mungo National Park, there’s plenty of places to stay in Mildura.
Any other handy traveller tips?
We’ve pulled together a couple of housekeeping tips to keep you safe on the road and during your trip.
First of all, Mungo National Park is in off-grid, outback territory, meaning you’ll need to plan where to stop for fuel, water and food ahead of time, with the closest town, Pooncarie, 81 km away.
There’s also very limited (and at times no) mobile reception within the park so make sure you either pick up a couple of maps from the visitor centre, download satellite navigation or scrub up on your compass skills of finding true north.
Remember, flying drones in Mungo National Park is a no go unless you receive a written agreement from the Park Office before your visit.