Walk the Walls of China
Stage 3 (Years 5-6), History, Mungo National Park
Join an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park, Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, for Stage 3 (Years 5-6) History excursion. Explore the ancient layers within the Walls of China. 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.
For program outline, safety and practical information about this excursion, see info for teachers
|Stage||Stage 3 (Years 5-6)|
HT3-1. Describes and explains the significance of people, groups, places and events to the development of Australia
HT3-2. Describes and explains different experiences of people living in Australia over time
HT3-5. Applies a variety of skills of historical inquiry and communication
*Note: Mungo Woman and Mungo Man are not available for viewing.
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
- If you would like to organise a NPWS school excursion please get in touch with local staff or use the 'Enquire' link for the online form.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/education/stage-3-hsie-walk-the-walls-of-china-mungo-national-park/local-alerts
- School excursion inquiries - Lower Darling Area
- 03 5021 8900
- NPWS Buronga office, Cnr Sturt Highway & Melaleuca St, Buronga NSW 2739
- in Mungo National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
Mungo National Park is always open but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.
Park entry fees:
$8 per vehicle per day. Fees are payable through self-registration envelopes outside Mungo Visitor Centre. Different fees apply for commercial tour operators and vehicles with 8 seats or more.Buy annual pass.
Info for teachers
All the practical information you need to know about Walk the Walls of China.
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
- Travel across the ancient lake bed
- Guided walk on the Walls of China
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
- Unsealed roads
- 2WD vehicles
- 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.
Maps and downloads
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.