Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park is remote but beautiful.

It is a beautiful national park in the outback New South Wales.


It is Australia’s first World Heritage-listed national park, and one of the most amazing ones of them all.
 
Unsealed Outback Road, Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia
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Geological History
The parks’ most obvious feature is the 33km-long eroded sand dune, called the Walls of China, which spectacularly changes colours between yellow to orange and deep-red in sunrises and sunsets.



The area used to be an ancient lake bed, a part of a chain of lakes between Willandra Creek and Lachlan River. Since the lakes dried up about 14,000 years ago, wind has been eroding the fragile sand dunes and left behind some crinkled outcrops.
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Mungo Archaeological Sites
Mungo National Park is also one of the most significant archaeological sites in the world. In 1969 the remains of a cremated skeleton of a woman were found, and six years later of a man. Both skeletons were 40,000 years old. The so-called Mungo Man is the oldest human remain ever fround in Australia. The Mungo Lady is the oldest known person to have been cremated ritually. Both were found near the Walls of China. They were living here while the lakes were still full of water.

Sand Dune, Mungo National Park, New South Wales, Australia
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Ancient Megafauna and Aboriginal History
Some of the animals found in the park are echidnas, bats, possums, dunnarts and kangaroos (it is one of the rare places where all three - red kangaroo, eastern grey kangaroo and western grey kangaroo coexist). Some birds include wedge tailed eagles,mallee ring-neck parrots, crested pigeons, zebra finches, galahs, bonnetts, budgerigars, cockatoos, bronzewings and emus. Reptiles include bearded dragons, shinglebacks; the harmless carpet pythons, and the dangerous king, western and eastern brown snakes.

Hiker Trekking Over Sand Dunes Near Lake Mungo, Mungo National Park, Australia
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Tours with Aboriginal Guides
There are tours that are run by local Aboriginal People who tell you stories about the area's history, local Aboriginal culture, bush tucker and bush medicines. It's a great way to experience and learn about the park's history from the local indigenous people.

Silhouetted Windmill at Sunset, Mungo National Park, Australia
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European History of Mungo National Park
There is also some European history in the park. Pastoralists who roamed the area in the 1860s left behind a homestead and a woolshed, where today you can pay your camping fee and pick up a self-guided drive brochure. You can camp at Main camp near the visitors centre or Belah Camp east of the dunes. There is also hostel-type accommodation at the Shearers’ Quarters near the visitors centre.


Lone Walker Leaves Footsteps on the White Rippled Sand, Mungo National Park, New South Wales
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Here is a map of Mungo National Park.

 
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