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Round Tank picnic area

Mungo National Park

Overview

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.

Type
Picnic areas
Where
Mungo National Park
Price
Free
Entry fees
Park entry fees apply
What to
bring
Drinking water
Please note
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to birdwatch.

Behind the sand dunes on Mungo Self-guided Drive tour, Round Tank picnic area is a great stop for birdwatching enthusiasts. Round Tank was originally designed as a lure for goats, whose numbers are controlled to reduce the damage to young trees and native vegetation. However, the water also attracts a wide variety of birdlife, so bring your binoculars.

Unpacking your picnic hamper, keep an eye out across the mallee scrub for pink cockatoos, galahs, zebra finches and vibrant emerald budgerigars. The vibrant chats can often be seen, attracted to the nectar of the flowering plants of the desert. The flute-like song you might hear is the call of one of the species of butcher birds, while the Nankeen kestrel specialises in hovering over the desert, looking for the movement of mice or lizards on the ground below. If you’re tempted to stay the night, try nearby Belah campground.

Take a virtual tour of Round Tank picnic area 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

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Mailbox beside a dirt road near Mungo National Park. Photo: Ken Stepnell