For a deeply Australian experience and a journey back in time, there’s few locations that match Mungo National Park. The World Heritage Area sits in the Wildura Lakes Region and boasts cultural and geographical treasures which are profoundly important in Aboriginal history.
It’s an ideal road trip destination, being only 1 ½ hours drive from Mildura and a longer 4 hour drive from Broken Hill. So, pack your bags, get in the car, and prepare for a few days of memorable sightseeing that’ll elevate your respect for the land and improve your knowledge of Australian traditions.
Things to see and do
The striking geography is just the beginning of Mungo National Park’s attractions. It’s best known for Mungo Man and Mungo Lady – the oldest human remains to be found in Australia. The findings (Mungo Lady was found in 1969 and Mungo Man in 1974) provide a source of wonder for how locals lived and shed light on burial rituals dating back 42,000 years.
Local guides will happily talk about the area’s history, and it’s well worth taking guided tours for any of the key attractions. If you’d rather amble at your own pace, that’s an option, and most tracks are littered with information plaques to help explain anything of significance.
This is not your average woolshed. It was constructed by early European settlers in 1869 and is built using a drop-log technique of beautiful cypress pine. This is a great spot to quickly escape the sun and let your imagination drift to a time long passed.
A spectacular spot to feel all alone in the world. The dramatic outback stretches all around, but not before an overhead look at the Walls of China, which are also not to be missed.
Walls of China
Casually stroll the boardwalk or take a 2-hour guided tour of these unique sand and clay formations. They are the result of thousands of years of rain and wind which creates spectacular ridges and cracks.
You’ll need to allow an hour for this 2.5km loop of age-old sand dunes and cracked lakebeds. It’s a walk to feel part of the dry Australian desert while maybe spotting a kangaroo or two hiding away from the heat.
The Grassland Walk may contrast the Foreshore Walk, but don’t expect any degree of shade along the way. You should, however, expect plenty of shrubland and Cypress Pine surrounding this easy 1km trail also known for birdwatching.
Important information for drivers
Many of the roads to and throughout Mungo National Park are unsealed and suffer from various levels of deterioration. It’s always best to talk with a SIXT staff member as they can advise the safest route and what to look out for.
The SIXT Mildura and Broken Hill airport branches offer a handful of other helpful services for those interested in travelling to Mungo National Park including:
- Advice on the most suitable vehicles to manage the terrain.
- Maps on how to get to Mungo National Park safely.
- Maps detailing attractions within Mungo National Park.
- Advice on how to be best prepared for your trip including the best food and water options.
- A personalised and detailed run around your rental vehicle including where and how to access spare wheel and jack.
- Advice on the best time to drive and avoid driving.
- Advice on how to handle emergencies that may arise.
How to get there
Our Friendly SIXT staff will advise the best route to take and answer any questions you may have. The below maps give a basic guideline of the distance you’ll be covering on your journey.