If you are to see one place in the NSW Outback it would have to be Mungo National Park and its spectacular Lunette and Walls of China. In theory it is nothing more than the remnants of an ancient lake (completely dry and with ancient sand dunes running 20+ km along one side) in the middle of the New South Wales outback. In reality it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world.

Lake Mungo is a remarkable place, so much so it recognised with World Heritage listing, and is where you’ll find the Walls of China, an icon not only for the sheer beauty of dramatic formations but also for the amazing spiritual significance of the area.

Lake Mungo is unique in relation to anthology as processes evidence of continual human habitation for 40,000+ years.

The lake is one of 17 dry lakes which forms the Willandra Lakes (World Heritage Area) and the evocative Walls of China has been created over the millennia through a process of both wind and rain; sediment has been deposited on the eastern bank of the dry lakebed and has, in turn, been eroded by the rain to reveal a myriad of textures and colors.

For those wanting to also visit Broken Hill, the Broken Hill Loop can be incorporated.

The Route:

Wentworth <> Mungo National Park - Distance = 155 km - about 2.5 hours:

  • Wentworth Pooncarie Rd (Sealed), 86 km
  • Top Hut Rd (Dry weather road) 66 km

Pooncarie <> Mungo National Park: - Distance = 97 km - about 2 hrs

  • Wentworth Pooncarie Rd (Sealed), 31 km
  • Top Hut Rd (Dry weather road) 66 km

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