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Mungo walk the Walls of China tour

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Overview

When you visit Mungo National Park, take a tour to the Walls of China guided by an NPWS Aboriginal ranger. It's one of the most spectacular outback landscapes in NSW.

When

Tour times: 9am to 11am and 2pm to 4pm, Monday to Friday. Monday 14 October to Friday 29 November 2019.

No tours on Thursday 14 November and Friday 15 November 2019.

Tour time: 8am to 10am, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Monday 2 December 2019 to Friday 28 February 2020.

Where
Mungo National Park
Accessibility
No wheelchair access
Grade
Medium. Suitable for all ages.
Price

Adult $50 per person. Concession/Pensioners $35 per person (on sighting of concession card). Child (5–16 years) $35 per person. Family $135 for 2 adults and 2 children. 

Entry fees

$8 per day for standard vehicles. $10 per mini bus (up to 8 seats). $15 per mini coach per day (less than 22 seats). $30 per coach per day (22-24 seats). $40 per coach per day (greater than 44 seats).

Meeting point
Mungo Visitor Centre, Mungo National Park. Meet at 9am.
Bookings
Bookings required. Phone 1300 072 757 or book online.
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Walk with an experienced NPWS Aboriginal Discovery guide back in time on the famous Walls of China. These sites have immense cultural significance. You’ll learn about the 40,000-plus years of Aboriginal cultural history of Lake Mungo and the Traditional Owners. You'll also hear about about Willandra Lakes.

You’ll be welcomed to Country and engage in a cultural experience unique to the Mungo landscape, offered by Aboriginal NPWS guides. You’ll follow the NPWS service vehicle to the Walls of China carpark in your own vehicle. Access to the Walls of China is by guided tour only.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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Local alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mungo walk the Walls of China tour.

Getting there and parking

Get driving directions

Get directions

    Mungo Visitor Centre is located in the south western corner of Mungo National Park. Take the Arumpo Road entry and turn left at the T junction.

    Park entry points

    Parking

    Parking available at Mungo Visitor Centre.

    Maps and downloads

    Accessibility

    Disability access level - no wheelchair access

    Not wheelchair-accessible

    Prohibited

    Drones

    Flying drones in Mungo National Park is not permitted unless you've received written agreement from the Park Office before your visit. Please note that a consent to fly a drone in this park is only permitted in exceptional circumstances with endorsement from the traditional owners. Read more about the Drones in Parks policy and the process to apply for consent.

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    Mungo walk the Walls of China tour is in Mungo National Park. Here are just some of the reasons why this park is special:

    A landscape like no other

    Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Gaze in awe at scenery moulded by the elements and discover how climatic changes since the last ice age have shaped the land's geography. The park's lunette is perhaps its most astonishing feature. Comprising four layers of sand and silt deposited over tens of thousands of years, this majestic sight almost defies description. Walk the ancient dry lakebed of Lake Mungo and photograph the spectacular etched dunes of the Walls of China. At night, sit back and be amazed at star-filled skies unlike anything you've seen before.

    • Mungo self-guided drive tour Mungo self-guided drive tour through Mungo National Park in World Heritage Willandra Lakes offers scenic desert views of Walls of China and cycling options in outback NSW.
    • Walls of China See Mungo National Park’s iconic Walls of China on this cycling trail. A bike ride is a great way to experience the World Heritage Willandra Lakes region.
    • Walls of China viewing platform The iconic views from wheelchair-accessible Walls of China viewing platform are some of the best in World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park in Outback NSW.

    Incomparable history

    Aborginal Discovery rangers, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Walk in the footsteps of the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi Aboriginal people who have lived here for millennia. Come and share this ancient place and stand at the history-making sites where the world's oldest human cremation was unearthed and 20,000 year old human footprints and trackways have been found. Join an Aboriginal ranger on a Discovery Tour and learn about Mungo's exceptional heritage and continuing importance.

    • Mungo self-guided drive tour Mungo self-guided drive tour through Mungo National Park in World Heritage Willandra Lakes offers scenic desert views of Walls of China and cycling options in outback NSW.
    • Mungo walk the Walls of China tour When you visit Mungo National Park, take a tour to the Walls of China guided by an NPWS Aboriginal ranger. It's one of the most spectacular outback landscapes in NSW.
    • Walk the Walls of China Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park on this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) excursion focused on HSIE. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.
    • Walk the Walls of China Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger on this Stage 2 (Years 3-4) excursion focusing on HSIE in Mungo National Park. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.

    Outback animals

    Eastern grey kangaroos (Macropus giganteus), Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    With its thriving kangaroo and emu populations, Mungo's the perfect place for an up-close glimpse of Australia's coat of arms. You're sure to be amazed by the sight and sound of pink cockatoos in their hundreds, or the vision of harmonious bird species taking turns drinking from ground tanks. There's a good chance you'll see a mallee ring-neck parrot - look for its striking green/gold colouring.

    • Rosewood picnic area Enjoy lunch and some birdwatching at this picnic spot. It’s well-positioned near walking tracks, and is a great place to contemplate Mungo’s scenery and Aboriginal history.
    • Round Tank picnic area Round Tank picnic area offers a picnic spot on Mungo Self-guided Drive tour, with excellent birdwatching opportunities in outback NSW in Mungo National Park.

    World Heritage wonders

    Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    Mungo National Park is part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Area. The region abounds in ancient cultural and archaeological treasures, the scale of which is almost impossible to grasp without a visit. Findings include human skeletal material, tools, middens and animal bones, along with relatively undisturbed landforms spanning several thousand years.

    • Mungo self-guided drive tour Mungo self-guided drive tour through Mungo National Park in World Heritage Willandra Lakes offers scenic desert views of Walls of China and cycling options in outback NSW.
    • Walk the Walls of China Wander the sands of time with an Aboriginal Discovery ranger in Mungo National Park on this Stage 3 (Years 5-6) excursion focused on HSIE. See the ancient dry lake bed and walk the Walls of China with a representative of the Paakantji, Ngyiampaa or Mutthi Mutthi tribal groups whose connection with the land reaches back 40,000 years.
    • Zanci Homestead site Lose yourself in Mungo’s pastoral heritage. The Zanci Homestead site is a fascinating part of the Willandra Lakes region’s heritage, and can be accessed by mountain bike.

    Plants and animals you may see

    Animals

    • Emu, Paroo Darling National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae)

      The largest of Australian birds, the emu stands up to 2m high and is the second largest bird in the world, after the ostrich. Emus live in pairs or family groups. The male emu incubates and rears the young, which will stay with the adult emus for up to 2 years.

    • Wedge-tailed eagle. Photo: Kelly Nowak

      Wedge-tailed eagle (Aquila audax)

      With a wingspan of up to 2.5m, the wedge-tailed eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. These Australian animals are found in woodlands across NSW, and have the ability to soar to heights of over 2km. If you’re bird watching, look out for the distinctive diamond-shaped tail of the eagle.

    • Red kangaroo, Sturt National Park. Photo: John Spencer

      Red kangaroo (Macropus rufus)

      The red kangaroo is one of the most iconic Australian animals and the largest marsupial in the world. Large males have reddish fur and can reach a height of 2m, while females are considerably smaller and have blue-grey fur. Red kangaroos are herbivores and mainly eat grass.

    Plants

    • Saltbush. Photo: Jaime Plaza

      Saltbush (Atriplex nummularia)

      A hardy Australian native plant, the saltbush is a small spreading shrub that can withstand dry salty soils such as those found in the desert plains of western NSW. It is grey-white in colour and has small spear-shaped succulent leaves. It flowers from December to April.

    Environments in this park

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    School excursions (2)

    Sand formation, Walls of China, Mungo National Park. Photo:OEH