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Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park. Image credit: Murray Regional Tourism

You’ve never seen anything like Mungo National Park. A unique landscape unlike anywhere else on Earth, and with a timeless history, Mungo defies description.

The remarkable archaeological finds of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, the world's oldest human cremations, represent the early emergence of humanity's spiritual beliefs. These fascinating 42,000-year-old ritual burials tell an incredible story about the long history of Australian Aboriginal people, and led to the establishment of Mungo National Park.

People often use words like ‘lunar’ and ‘otherworldly’ to describe the landscape. But this is our own planet at its most incredible. Don’t miss it.

Getting to Mungo National Park

The main campground is near the entrance to Mungo National Park on Arumpo Road, about 90 minutes’ drive northeast of Mildura. From Broken Hill and points further north or west, another entrance is through Pooncarie via Top Hut Road.

Weather can be extreme. If you’re planning to camp or cycle, come prepared and let others know of your plans.

Points of interest

Mungo National Park is World Heritage listed, and of enduring significance to the local Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi people.

All visitors, including daytrippers, will want to see the iconic Walls of China, located on the southeastern edge of Lake Mungo. If you’re not on a tour, and it’s not too hot, a bicycle is a great way to see this amazing feature, where millennia of erosion has created an imposing and entirely unforgettable landscape. Continue your exploration around the surrounding World Heritage Willandra Lakes region; it’s a 10km circuit from the main campground.

Visitors short on time can also talk the easy 1km Grasslands Nature Trail loop (wheelchair friendly) and catch stunning views from Mungo Lookout, both just a short stroll from the main campground.

4WD enthusiasts should take the scenic Mungo self-drive tour, an easy two-hour loop. Stop for birdwatching and picnic facilities at the Vigars Well and Round Tank picnic areas

Camping in Mungo National Park

Most people choose to set up camp in the main campground, which is well equipped with toilets, fresh water, barbecues and firewood. Camper trailers, caravans and tents are welcome.

The more secluded Belah campground, around the other side of Lake Mungo on the Mungo self-drive track, is for tent camping. The 12 campsites are serviced by barbecue facilities, toilet and fresh water.

Be sure to check the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service website for the latest information before visiting this National Park.