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Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track

Mutawintji National Park

Overview

A short, easy walk, suitable for wheelchairs, that winds into the splendour of Mutawintji's gorges to Thaaklatjika (Wright's Cave). Within this rocky overhang are some fascinating examples of Aboriginal and post-colonial history, including paintings, sten

Where
Mutawintji National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Distance
0.8km return
Time suggested
30min - 1hr
Grade
Grade 2
Price
Free
What to
bring
Hat, sunscreen, drinking water
Please note
  • In wet weather, access within the park maybe closed, and the public roads are susceptible to weather closures. Please check with the park office before you head out.
  • Outback NSW can be very hot in summer. If travelling at this time, please be well-prepared for the extreme conditions.
  • Historic Site tours are conducted through Mutawintji Eco Tours (Tri-State Safari) either from Broken Hill or from Mutawintji National Park. Be sure to visit the website for detailed information on booking a tour of the Mutawintji Historic site.
  • Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

An oasis in the desert, Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track offers an accessible outback experience for everyone. This short walk takes you through the ancient lands of the Malyankapa and Pandjikali people in far western NSW.

At the Thaaklatjika overhang, also known as Wrights Cave, you’ll see an array of Aboriginal paintings, stencils and engravings, if you’re interested to learn more, try the Historic Site tours. From rock art kangaroos and emus, gaze across the wooded grasslands for a chance to spot the real thing.

Meandering the easy track through the Mutawintji gorges, take in the spectacular rich red sandstone cliffs of the Bynguano Ranges. Pause for a moment in the shade of the massive river red gums lining the picturesque creek. This is a real birdwatchers delight, so keep an eye out for the distinct zebra finches, short-billed correllas and budgerigars.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Conservation program:

Mutawintji National Park joint management program

Located in semi-arid lands near Broken Hill, Mutawintji National Park, Mutawintji Historic Site and Mutawintji Nature Reserve are all rich in Aboriginal history and culture. NSW National Parks and the Mutawintji Board of Management are working together to ensure their preservation.

Aboriginal Joint Management, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer
Rocky cliff over looking the plains, Mutawintji National Park. Photo: Adam Bruzzone