School excursion

Mungo lunette guided walk

Stage 2 (Years 3-4), History, Mungo National Park

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Join an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, for Stage 2 (Years 3-4) History excursion. Explore the ancient layers within the Mungo lunette. Learn about the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa, and Mutthi Mutthi.

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Unearth the incredible archaeological finds that showcase the rich culture and extensive history of Aboriginal peoples. Discover the mysteries of Mungo Woman, the world's oldest known human cremation, and Mungo Man, which together provide invaluable insights into Aboriginal burial practices from over 40,000+ years. Learn about the ancient human footprints preserved from the last ice age, illustrating the deep connection between Aboriginal people and their land.

Hear about the diverse and sophisticated Aboriginal nations that have thrived in Mungo for tens of thousands of years, living in harmony with the natural environment. From intricate stone tools and complex kinship systems to a profound understanding of the land, the rich heritage of Aboriginal people reflects their resilience, wisdom, and sacred bond with the natural world. Join us in celebrating this extraordinary legacy and gain a deeper appreciation for the ongoing history and culture of the Aboriginal people in Mungo.

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Stage Stage 2 (Years 3-4)
Learning area History
Student outcomes

GE2-1. Examines features and characteristics of places and environments

GE2-2. Describes the ways people, places and environments interact

HT2-2. Describes and explains how significant individuals, groups and events contributed to changes in the local community over time

HT2-3. Describes people, events and actions related to world exploration and its effects


Students will:

  • Explore the ancient landscape of the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Paakantyi/Barkindji people
  • Find evidence of past occupation of the land
  • Listen to Dreamtime stories 
  • Observe archaeological evidence in the landscape and preserved in the visitor centre* 
  • Learn about some practices, customs and traditions that illustrate Aboriginal life and identity.

*Note: Mungo Woman and Mungo Man are not available for viewing.

Excursion details


Weekdays during school term. Evening tours and add-on activities available by arrangement.

Guided. Available on request.
Easy. Guided walk with a Discovery Ranger. Activities on bush tracks and in the Visitor Centre amphitheatre.

$35 per person (concession rates apply for groups). Conditions apply for groups over 25.

Meeting point
Mungo Visitor Centre
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All the practical information you need to know about Mungo lunette guided walk.

Program outline

Activities and displays may be varied seasonally or to suit desired learning outcomes.

  • Introduction and welcome to Country
  • Visit the centre and archaelogical displays and trackways
  • Recess
  • Travel across the ancient lake bed
  • Guided walk to the Mungo lunette
  • Farewell

Getting there and parking

Mungo Visitor Centre is in the south western precinct of Mungo National Park.

To get there:

  • From Sturt Highway, take Silver City Highway south of Mildura.
  • Turn right into Arumpo Road and follow to the end
  • Turn left into Balranald Road
  • Take the first right into Mailbox Road and continue to the visitor centre

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only


Parking is available at Mungo Visitor Centre.

What to bring

Please wear fully enclosed shoes and bring a hat, sunscreen, wet weather gear, and lunch which should be low waste with a refillable water bottle. Students should bring gear in a backpack or similar (not plastic bags).  Please note: It’s a good idea to wear long pants. Prepare for all weather conditions with a jumper and raincoat.



Drinking water

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Safety messages

Pre activity briefing: participants will be briefed at the start of the activity/day.

Safety equipment: NPWS staff carry radios and first aid kits, hold current first aid certificates and are aware of emergency procedures.

Staff accreditation: NPWS staff have current Senior First Aid accreditation. They are experienced in working with groups of students in the natural environment and have excellent knowledge of the specific areas they are visiting including potential hazards. NPWS is committed to a Child Safe and Friendly Environment. Our staff have been screened for child-related employment and have completed a Working with Children Check.

Emergencies: NPWS staff are trained to deal with emergencies and emergency procedures are in place. Ongoing supervision of a student following first aid treatment will be the responsibility of the visiting school.

Risk assessment

Our rangers and guides have the technical skill and experience to assess the risks and the benefits of a variety of activities delivered as part of our learning programs.

We believe in including opportunities that allow students to learn and experience for themselves through exploration in the natural environment.

Please make your own risk assessment based on the information provided. Detailed potential risks and controls are provided for the site to assist teachers in risk management planning. Teachers and carers should be aware of, and consider the needs, abilities and medical conditions of students when visiting this site. The supervision of students remains the responsibility of the teacher. The school must ensure an adequate number of adult supervisors are present.


Disability access level - medium

Some areas are not wheelchair accessible. Please let us know in advance if you are bringing someone with special needs so that we can plan accordingly.