Mungo’s Ancient Story

Walls of China, Mungo National Park, Outback NSW. © Destination NSW & Barry Skipsey

Mungo’s Ancient Story

Discover lunar landscapes and more than 40,000 years of Aboriginal culture in World-Heritage listed Mungo National Park.

You won’t see many landscapes as starkly prehistoric as Mungo National Park. This crinkled landscape of outcrops and shifting sand is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, a series of desiccated lakes that once stretched between Willandra Creek and the Lachlan River.

It may have been more than 14,000 years since Lake Mungo in New South Wales had water.  But the sight of its shores - a 33-kilometre chain of white dunes known as the Walls of China – is sure to feed your imagination. Don’t miss the sunset spectacular, when the striking chain turns yellow, orange and deep wine red.

This place is a palaeontologist's dream and one of the world’s most significant human cremation sites. It was here that the 40,000 year old cremated remains of Mungo woman and Mungo man were discovered. Tour the park with an Aboriginal guide and see where rain and wind have uncovered ancient fireplaces and hearths, littered with fragments of duck eggs, stone tools, shells, and fish bones. Examine fossilised chunks of eucalyptus trees and the bones of long-dead marsupials, including extinct buffalo-sized wombats and giant kangaroos.

Learn about bush tucker, bush medicine and the Barkindji people who lived from this land’s flora and fauna since before history began on an Aboriginal tour. Or bush walk and bike ride the time-worn terrain, keeping an eye out for red kangaroos and wedge-tail eagles. In the evening, relax with songs and stories under the stars, at the campfire of nearby Mungo Lodge.

Mungo’s ancient story is one you won’t forget.

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