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Mungo National Park

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Alerts for Mungo National Park: fire bans

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Updated: 03/11/2014 09:11 AM

"Mungo is one of the most important places in Australia for studying the environment of the past and the people who lived through it all."

Wander the sands of time in ancient Mungo National Park at the heart of NSW's Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area.

This extraordinary place is of great significance to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi people, whose connection with the land reaches back more than 40,000 years.

Remarkable archaeological finds like Mungo Man (the world’s oldest human cremation), Mungo Woman, and human footprints dating back to the last ice age tell an incredible story about the long history of Australian Aboriginal people.

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 a cycling or drive tour through the stunning landscape.

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Why you should visit

Mungo National Park is a special place, here are just some of the reasons why:

Incomparable history
Walk in the footsteps of the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi Aboriginal people who have lived here for millennia. Come and share this ancient place and stand at the history-making sites where the world’s oldest human cremation was unearthed. Join an Aboriginal ranger on a Discovery Tour and learn about Mungo’s exceptional heritage and continuing importance.

A landscape like no other
Gaze in awe at scenery moulded by the elements and discover how climatic changes since the last ice age have shaped the land’s geography. The park’s lunette is perhaps its most astonishing feature. Comprising four layers of sand and silt deposited over tens of thousands of years, this majestic sight almost defies description. Walk the ancient dry lakebed of Lake Mungo and photograph the spectacular etched dunes of the Walls of China. At night, sit back and be amazed at star-filled skies unlike anything you’ve seen before.

Outback animals
With its thriving kangaroo and emu populations, Mungo’s the perfect place for an up-close glimpse of Australia’s coat of arms. You’re sure to be amazed by the sight and sound of pink cockatoos in their hundreds, or the vision of harmonious bird species taking turns drinking from ground tanks. There's a good chance you'll see a mallee ring-neck parrot – look for its striking green/gold colouring.

World Heritage wonders
Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The region abounds in ancient cultural and archaeological treasures, the scale of which is almost impossible to grasp without a visit. Findings include human skeletal material, tools, middens and animal bones, along with relatively undisturbed landforms spanning several thousand years.

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Alerts

fire bans

A park fire ban applies in the park. (Ends Tuesday 31 March 2015)
A park fire ban is in place in this park. The park fire ban remains in affect unless otherwise extended or removed. During park fire ban periods, all campfire and solid fuel (wood, heat beads, charcoal, briquettes, hexamite) barbecues and stoves are prohibited.
Gas and electric barbecues and cookers are permitted as long as:
  • They're under direct control of an adult
  • The ground within 2m of the barbecue is cleared of all flammable materials
  • There's an adequate supply of water (minimum of a bucket)
Penalties apply for non-compliance. Find out more information about fire bans in parks and reserves, including your responsibilities, visit the NSW National Parks safety page.

Getting there

 Car

From Broken Hill:

  • Follow the signs to Menindee and then to Pooncarie
  • Travel through Pooncarie and continue 20km south. There, you'll see Top Hut Road with a sign indicating Mungo National Park.
  • Follow this road to its end and turn right at the T-junction

From Mildura:

  • Cross the bridge to Buronga and follow the Silver City Highway towards Broken Hill
  • As you leave Buronga you'll see Arumpo Road with a sign indicating Mungo National Park, follow this road to its end

From Balranald:

  • Follow the signs to Ivanhoe (Ivanhoe Road) for 53km
  • Turn left 3km after Box Creek Bridge (signposted) and follow this road until you reach the park

From Wentworth:

  • Cross the bridge and turn left, following the signs to Pooncarie
  • About 20km before Pooncarie you'll see Top Hut Road with a sign indicating Mungo National Park
  • Follow this road to its end and turn right at the T-junction

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 Opening times

Mungo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

 Fees

Vehicle entry fees

In this park, vehicle entry fees are $7 per vehicle per day. Payment is by self-registration, envelopes and information available from the front of Mungo Visitor Centre.

 Close to

Mungo National Park is close to:

  • Pooncarie (85km)
  • Mildura/Buronga (110km)
  • Balranald (146km)
  • Wentworth (160km)
  • Broken Hill (316km)

 Bike

Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.

Weather and climate

 Temperature

Summer

  • The average temperature ranges between 15°C and  34°C
  • The area's highest recorded temperature in summer is 47.7°C

Winter ­

  • The average temperature ranges between 3°C and 20°C
  • The area’s lowest recorded temperature in winter is -4.8°C

 Rainfall

  • The wettest month on average is May, the driest month on average is January
  • The area's highest recorded rainfall is 93.3mm in one day

 

Safety

The summer months can be extremely hot in Mungo National Park with temperatures up to 50°C. It's often over 40°C between December and February. If you're planning on travelling in the Outback please visit our safety page for important information on travel preparation and road safety.

  • Mobile phones do not work in Mungo National Park. In emergencies a ranger can be contacted on UHF channel 3.
  • No food or petrol/diesel is available at or near the park. The closest fuel is approximately 110km away at Buronga or Mildura.
  • Mungo lies in the fruit fly exclusion zone so you can only bring in food bought in Broken Hill, Menindee, Hillston, Griffith, Narrandera, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Mildura, Waikerie, Renmark or other places within those boundaries.

RMS and shire council contact details for information on road conditions:

Contacts

Buronga

Phone: 03 5021 8900
Email: buronga.office@environment.nsw.gov.au
Street address: Corner of Sturt Highway and Melaleuca Street, Buronga NSW
Opening hours: 8:30am-4:30pm, Monday - Friday, (closed 12:00pm-1:00pm)

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Mailbox beside a dirt road. Photo: Ingo Oeland