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Mungo National Park is a spectacular World Heritage listed site in south western New South Wales. This is where the 60,000 year-old Mungo Man was found in 1974.

This ancient, beautiful and mysterious national park is very slowly revealing its secrets. With remains of some of the earliest known humans to inhabit the Australian continent present in this region.

The region was once covered by a vast lake with its waters rising and falling over many thousands of years according to the environmental conditions at the time. These dramatic changes in shoreline contributed to the creation of vast fossil and sedimentary deposits being laid down at different levels around the shorelines.

Giant Kangaroos, Wombats and other massive Australian native animals once roamed this landscape. Tasmanian Tigers and Tasmanian Devils also thrived here according to the fossil records. The abundance of wildlife in the area also made it a favourite hunting ground for the local aborigines. Not only that they settled here, setting up campsites along the shores, evidence of fishing and quarrying of rocks have also been discovered here. Mungo National Park is arguably one of the oldest human inhabited landscapes on earth.

About 15,000 years ago the lake dried up, strong winds swept the lake floor sweeping it clean and depositing the dust along the shorelines creating what is now known as the Mungo Lunette. Here you can also find the famous 'Great Walls of China' an erosive feature of the Lunette. As the Lunette continues to erode successive layers of the Lunette are exposed to reveal more layers of our ancient past.

Mungo Lunette Landscape © Garry Voysey

Mungo Lunette Landscape © Garry Voysey

The region is stark, eerie yet beautiful in the extreme. The strange stone outcrops are like statues to a mysterious lost dreamtime. The park is still home to many native animals. Walking tracks are available as are campsites and better accommodations can be found at the Mungo Lodge.

Further information can be found at the National Parks and Wildlife Service and the local visitor information centre.

Information Centre

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service
Lower Darling (Buronga)
Cnr Sturt Highway and Melaleuca Street
Ph: 03 5021 8900
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