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

Current alerts in this area

There are no current alerts in this area.

Local alerts

For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/things-to-do/historic-buildings-places/zanci-homestead-site/local-alerts

Park info

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Zanci Homestead site.

Getting there and parking

Zanci Homestead site 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 Mungo Visitor Centre
  • Follow Mungo Self-guided Drive tour to the Zanci Homestead site

Road quality

  • Unsealed roads

Vehicle access

  • 2WD vehicles

Weather restrictions

  • Dry weather only

Parking

Parking is available at the Zanci Homestead site

Weather, temperature and rainfall

Summer temperature

Average

15°C and 34°C

Highest recorded

47.7°C

Winter temperature

Average

3°C and 20°C

Lowest recorded

-4.8°C

Rainfall

Wettest month

May

Driest month

January

The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

93.3mm

Maps and downloads

Safety messages

Mobile safety

Dial Triple Zero (000) in an emergency. Download the Emergency + app before you visit, it helps emergency services locate you using your smartphone's GPS. Please note there is limited mobile phone reception in this park and you’ll need mobile reception to call Triple Zero (000).

Outback safety

Safety is of high priority in outback areas. In summer, temperatures can reach up to 50°C in some places. Food, water and fuel supplies can be scarce. Before you head off, check for road closures and use our contacts to stay safe in the outback.

Accessibility

Disability access level - medium

Assistance may be required to access this area

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.

Pets

Pets and domestic animals (other than certified assistance animals) are not permitted. Find out which regional parks allow dog walking and see the pets in parks policy for more information.

Smoking

NSW national parks are no smoking areas.

Visitor centre

Nearby towns

Balranald (107 km)

Conveniently located on Sturt Highway as it crosses Murrumbidgee River between Sydney and Adelaide, Balranald is the perfect pit stop on a road trip through outback NSW. This small country town, with its rich pioneering past, is a gateway to Yanga National Park and the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.

www.visitnsw.com

Mildura (98 km)

Mildura is set amid a diverse landscape on the Victorian side of the Murray River. The region is renowned for its long tradition of producing and serving fine food and wine at iconic restaurants, farmers markets, gourmet eateries and cellar doors.

www.visitnsw.com

Pooncarie (56 km)

Mungo National Park, 88 km from Pooncarie, is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, where the remains of Mungo Woman and Mungo Man were discovered. Mungo's lunar landscape and Walls of China hills are among the most striking natural formations in NSW.

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Learn more

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