Mutawintji Historic Site

Overview

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.

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/visit-a-park/parks/mutawintji-historic-site/local-alerts

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Visitor info

All the practical information you need to know about Mutawintji Historic Site.

Getting there and parking

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    From Broken Hill:

    • Take Silver City Highway towards Tibooburra and look for the Mutawintji National Park turnoff on your right

    or

    • 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.

    From Tibooburra:

    • Take Silver City Highway towards Broken Hill and look for the Mutawintji National Park turnoff on your left

    Park entry points

    By bike

    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

    Autumn also offers ideal weather for a visit to Mutawintji Historic Site.

    Spring

    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

    Summer temperature

    Average

    30°C and 35°C

    Highest recorded

    48.6°C

    Winter temperature

    Average

    17°C and 21°C

    Lowest recorded

    -3.3°C

    Rainfall

    Wettest month

    January

    Driest month

    September

    The area’s highest recorded rainfall in one day

    140.2mm in one day

    Maps and downloads

    Safety messages

    However you discover NSW national parks and reserves, we want you to have a safe and enjoyable experience. Our park and reserve systems contrast greatly so you need to be aware of the risks and take responsibility for your own safety and the safety of those in your care.

    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.

    Prohibited

    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.

    Learn more

    Mutawintji Historic Site is a special place. Here are just some of the reasons why:

    Amazing Aboriginal art

    Mutawuntji Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    Iconic scenery

    Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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

    Mutawintji National Park. Photo: John Spencer

    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.

    Mutawintji Historic Site. Photo: John Spencer