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Zanci Homestead site

Mungo National Park

Overview

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.

Type
Historic buildings/places
Where
Mungo National Park
Accessibility
Medium
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
Please note
  • There is no mobile coverage at Mungo National Park
  • Remember to bring drinking water with you – especially if you’re cycling the Zanci Pastoral Loop bike ride
  • Check the weather before you set out as the road to the Zanci Homestead site can become boggy when it rains

The Zanci Homestead site comprises a range of buildings – some still proudly in their original condition having been refurbished, and some of which are now only ruins. Located along the Mungo Self-guided Drive tour the site can also be reached viaZanci Pastoral Loop.

Built from iron and flattened kerosene tins, the original homestead had two rooms and a small kitchen, where cooking was carried out over an open fire and with camp ovens. Today, you can visit the homestead’s renowned 'dugout', built into the ground for use as a cool room. Lose yourself in Mungo’s pastoral heritage at the shearing shed and yards, and check out the drop pine log-walled and spinifex thatched stables. Be sure not to miss the Zanci Woolshed either. Once part of the famous Mungo woolshed, this notable structure was transported and rebuilt on the Zanci station.

Take a few photos of the site’s remarkable ruins, which include a brick fireplace and chimney, and of a water tank. Perhaps the most photographed feature, however, is the old outhouse – a fine example of the historic 'dunny out the back'.

Take a virtual tour of Zanci Homestead site captured with Google Street View Trekker.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info

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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 Area, 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

Park info

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Zanci Homestead, Mungo National Park. Photo: Wendy Hills/NSW Government