Uncover a starkly beautiful landscape of ancient dry lake basins and sand formations in Mungo National Park in outback NSW. This area of NSW is rich with Aboriginal history, home to Mungo Lady and Mungo Man.
In the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, the significant archaeological discoveries of Mungo Lady and the ochred skeleton of Mungo Man reveal early evidence of developing spiritual belief. This area remains greatly significant to the Ngyiampaa, Mutthi Mutthi and Southern Paakantyi Aboriginal people.
Along the eastern side of the lakes, towering dunes are formed from quartz and clay. The most famous of these formations is the colossal Walls of China. You can take a tour of this magical landmark with an Aboriginal ranger, and learn about the cultural history of Lake Mungo.
The 70km Mungo Self-Guided Drive Tour is a brilliant introduction to this unbelievable desert landscape. Starting at the Mungo Visitor Centre, the loop track takes in all the main attractions of the park including the Walls of China boardwalk, Red Top lookout and Rosewood picnic area. A 4WD vehicle is recommended. More info click here.
Also join a virtual tour of Mungo National Park’s fossil trackways with ‘No Distance Between Us’, a documentary being streamed for free online until 20 June thanks to the St Kilda Film Festival.
Directed by Vera Hong, the documentary reveals the Aboriginal spiritual connection to the largest human fossil trackways in the world and continued connection to country experienced by the Traditional Custodians of the Willandra Lakes Region, the Barkandji, Mutthi Mutthi and Ngiyampaa people.
Watch the film here.