Mutawintji Historic Site
At Mutawintji Historic Site, see Aboriginal rock art and hear Dreamtime stories about the culture and mythology of this ancient landscape near Broken Hill in outback NSW.
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If the spectacular landscape of Mutawintji doesn’t take your breath away, then the Aboriginal art at Mutawintji Historic Site surely will. This wonderful area within Mutawintji National Park boasts one of the best collections of Aboriginal art in New South Wales. It is essential to take a guided tour to set off on a 2-4 hour walk, discovering the site’s history and culture, beginning with the audio-visual display and continuing through the ancient landscapes. Parts of the walk up to the site are challenging, but you’ll be so busy admiring the outstanding scenery, you probably won’t notice.
At every turn, the ancient wonders of Mutawintji reveal themselves. You’ll see Aboriginal rock engravings and ochre stencils, and on the flat plains, the remains of fireplaces, stone flakes and grinding stones. Kids and adults alike will enjoy listening to Aboriginal guides share their Dreamtime stories.
If you stay a little, or for a while, head back to your campsite at Homestead Creek campground and enjoy the serenity of the Australian outback. Savour uninterrupted sunrises and sunsets and the mesmerising brightness of the stars.
For the latest updates on fires, closures and other alerts in this area, see https://www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au/visit-a-park/parks/mutawintji-historic-site/local-alerts
- in the Outback NSW region
Entry to the Historic Site is with an accredited commercial tour operator only.
Broken Hill office
08 8084 2880
Contact hours: Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 4.30pm. Closed 1pm to 2pm.
- 183 Argent Street, Broken Hill NSW 2880
- Broken Hill office
All the practical information you need to know about Mutawintji Historic Site.
Getting there and parking
Get driving directions
From Broken Hill:
- Take Silver City Highway towards Tibooburra and look for the Mutawintji National Park turnoff on your right
- Take Barrier Highway 75km from Broken Hill, look for the Mutawintji National Park turnoff on your left, turn onto the dirt road and then onto Mutawintji National Park.
- Take Silver City Highway towards Broken Hill and look for the Mutawintji National Park turnoff on your left
Park entry points
- Mootwingee Road access See on map
Check out the Bicycle information for NSW website for more information.
By public transport
Mutawintji Historic Site and Mutawintji National Park are not accessible via public transport.
Best times to visit
Autumn also offers ideal weather for a visit to Mutawintji Historic Site.
The most popular time to visit Mutawintji National Park is during spring as daytime weather is pleasant and the nights are not yet too cold.
Weather, temperature and rainfall
30°C and 35°C
17°C and 21°C
The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day
140.2mm in one day
Maps and downloads
Mutawintji Historic Site is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:
Amazing Aboriginal art
The area of Mutawintji National Park is the traditional land of Malyankapa and Pandjikali people, and has been a significant meeting place for local cultures for thousands of years. Mutawintji Historic Site is the cultural heart of the region and has enormous cultural significance. Communities have performed initiations, rainmaking and other ceremonies here in gatherings of up to 1,000 people. It also boasts one of the largest collections of Aboriginal rock art in New South Wales. Today, it continues to be a place of living culture, with Aboriginal people from around the region gathering here for cultural purposes and to hold meetings. To discover the ancient wonders of this special place it's necessary to visit on a guided tour.
Mutawintji Historic Site and Mutawintji National Park display the classic outback landscape for which Australia is famous around the world. Travel along red dirt roads among rugged gorges and desert and against the backdrop of the ever-changing colour of the Byngnano Ranges. Discover the peace and space of this outback NSW desert. Beyond the ridges, the saltbush and mulga plains stretch to the horizon, making city life seem a long, long way away.
A wildlife wonderland
It might feel peaceful here, but Mutawintji teems with wildlife that has occupied these lands since ancient times. You might see a wedge-tailed eagle or peregrine falcon as you enjoy the chatter of noisy short-billed correllas, zebra finches, budgerigars, apostle birds and magpies. Goannas and snakes might cross your path or you may spot an endangered yellow-footed rock wallaby on the park's rocky ridges.
What we're doing
Mutawintji Historic Site has management strategies in place to protect and conserve the values of this park. Visit the OEH website for detailed park and fire management documents.