Destination NSW
New South Wales
Mungo National ParkOther-worldy Mungo National Park in outback NSW is one of the most significant environments in Australia thanks to its ancient history, fossilised landscapes and inimitable beauty.
Visit World Heritage Mungo National Park, home of the famous Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, and explore a place rich in Aboriginal history. Enjoy a walk or picnic, or camp near Lake Mungo. Wander the sands of time in ancient Mungo National Park at the heart of the NSW Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. This extraordinary place is of great significance to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi people. 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, along with past human footprints, tell an incredible story about the long history of Australian Aboriginal people and led to the establishment of Mungo National Park. Take a guided tour to the incredible Walls of China, where erosion has sculpted sand and clay into fragile yet imposing formations; or explore on wheels with cycling or drive tour through the stunning landscape.
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Take a guided tour of Lake Mungo
Walk with an experienced NPWS Aboriginal Discovery guide back in time on the famous Walls of China. Learn about the 40,000-plus years of the Aboriginal cultural history of Lake Mungo and the Traditional Owners. You will be welcomed to Country and engage in a cultural experience unique to the Mungo landscape, offered by Aboriginal NPWS guides. Access to the Walls of China is by guided tour only.
Mungo lookout
Can you imagine what life was like when there were towering kangaroos and birds with legs like a horse? At Mungo lookout in Mungo National Park, you can gaze across the ice age lake bed that has uncovered bones of the original megafauna. Gaze across at the iconic ‘Walls of China’ formation, sculpted over thousands of years, by wind and rain. This erosion has also uncovered artefacts of the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Muhhti, and Paakantyi Aboriginal People, dating back over 40,000 years. It’s an awesome and humbling vision at any time of day, especially dusk. For more information be sure to stop into Mungo Visitor Centre. Combine this scenic lookout with accessible Grassland Nature stroll for an overview of the more recent plants and animals of the region. When thoughts turn to lunch, top it off with a tasty picnic at nearby Main campground.
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