Mungo lakebed loop trail
Mungo National Park
Get your heart rate up on this 35km mountain biking journey through the heart of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage region in Outback NSW. You'll ride across the dried base of Lake Mungo, past spectacular dune formations, with opportunities to stop at the park's most popular attractions.
- No wheelchair access
- 35km loop
- Time suggested
- 3-4 hr
- Medium. A moderate level of fitness is required. This is a long, challenging trail designed for experienced mountain bike riders.
- Entry fees
- Park entry fees apply
- What to
- Drinking water, first aid kit, bike repair kit, clothes for all weather conditions, snacks
- Please note
- Depending on the wind, you can choose to cycle in the other direction, starting at Mungo lookout and ending at Mungo Visitor Centre.
- It’s best to cycle in the cooler months from April to September.
- A topographic map, compass or GPS will be handy in this remote area.
- Mungo Visitor Centre is a good place to pick up maps.
Setting out from Mungo Visitor Centre, follow an undulating track along the Foreshore walk. Please give way to walkers on this shared use track. From here, you’ll take the Zanci Pastoral loop cycling trail to the pastoral ruins of Zanci Homestead. Then, descend into the sandy lakebed and ride for 20km as you head south towards Red Top ground tank.
If you’re up for some extra adventure, take a detour off the cycling trail to Red Top lookout and boardwalk. It’s a steep 500m climb up Drive Tour Road to reach the lookout, but you’ll be rewarded with bird’s eye views of a dense dune network.
Once back on the trail, you’ll follow an old fence line across the lakebed for approximately 8kms. The final leg of your ride is a short, steep climb to Mungo lookout. Gaze across the ancient lakebed before following the road back to the visitor centre.
There will be plenty of time to absorb the rich Aboriginal history of Mungo on this lengthy ride. Keep your eyes peeled for grey kangaroos, emus, and pink cockatoos as you cross shrubby grassland dotted with native cypress pine and saltbush. You’ll want a camera handy to capture the otherworldly dunes and poached-egg daisies in spring.
The free NSW National Parks app lets you download maps and explore parks, things to do and places to stay—all without mobile reception.
Subscribe to our Naturescapes e-newsletter which is packed with the latest information, experiences and events in NSW national parks. Your next park adventure starts here.
- National Parks Contact Centre
- 7am to 7pm daily
- 1300 072 757 (13000 PARKS) for the cost of a local call within Australia excluding mobiles
- Buronga office
- Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm.
- 03 5021 8900
- 4 Melaleuca Street, 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