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.