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Zanci Pastoral Loop

Mungo National Park

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Cycling or car touring the historic Zanci Pastoral loop through Willandra Lakes World Heritage area in Mungo National Park, offers superb wildlife and birdwatching.

10km loop
Time suggested
1hr 30min
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
Drinking water, hat, sunscreen
Please note
  • Check the weather before you set out as Zanci Pastoral loop can become boggy when it rains
  • Toilets and picnic facilities can be found at Mungo Visitor Centre

Cycling along this route is a great way to enliven the senses and get a feel for the vast desert of Mungo National Park in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. Starting at Mungo Visitor Centre, you’ll cycle past dunes and wide open skies with the chance to do some birdwatching, spot wildlife and visit historic Zanci Homestead site.

A perfect early morning or sunset adventure, you'll be adding your tracks to a landscape that includes some of the oldest evidence of human and animal life in the world. You might have a cycling race with a Richard's pipit, see a flock of pink cockatoos, or spot an eagle’s nest among the branches of the nearby belah trees.

After an exhilarating ride, stop for a picnic at Mungo Woolshed. If you’ve still got energy to burn, you can cycle Mungo Self-guided Drive tour or just jump in the car.

Take a virtual tour of Zanci Pastoral Loop captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


Book a Mungo guided tour

Explore Mungo National Park on a guided tour. You can visit the Walls of China on an Aboriginal-guided tour. It’s popular, so book early. There are also multi-day 4WD tours and day tours.

Vigars Well dunes, Mungo National Park. Photo: Melissa Findley ©DPIE

Conservation program:

Mungo National Park joint management program

Protecting and preserving the Aboriginal culture and heritage of Mungo National Park, part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage property, is a joint effort. NPWS collaborates with representative elders from three local Aboriginal tribes to help manage this special and ancient place.

Aboriginal Joint Management, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

General enquiries

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Park info

  • 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.

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