Introducing Mungo National Park
This remote, beautiful and most important place, full of great significance for the human species, covers 27, 850 hectares of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area. The echoes of over 400 centuries of continuous human habitation are almost tangible in Lake Mungo, a dry lake that is the site of the oldest archaeological finds in Australia: human skeletons and artefacts dating back 46, 000 years or possibly more. A 25km semicircle (‘lunette’) of huge sand dunes has been created by the unceasing westerly wind, which continually exposes fabulously ancient remains. These shimmering white dunes are known as the Walls of China and their story traces that of humans in Australia.
Mungo is 110km from Mildura and 150km from Balranald on good, unsealed roads that become instantly impassable after rain. These towns are the closest places selling fuel.
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The NPWS office (
From here a road leads across the dry lake bed to the Walls of China, and you can drive a complete 70km loop of the dunes when it’s dry. There’s a self-guided drive brochure at the visitor centre.
Accommodation fills up during school holidays.
Mungo Lodge (
In the park, Main Camp is 2km from the visitor centre, and Belah Camp is on the eastern side of the dunes. Book both (sites adult/child $3/2) through the NPWS office in Buronga.