Humans had lived, worked and played along the shores of Lake Mungo in excess of 40,000 years. For tens of thousands of years the lakes were full of water and teemed with fish and beds of mussels. Water fowl foraged on the lake whilst mammals grazed or hunted around the lake shores. Approximately 18,000 years ago the climate changed, the lakes dried out and people adapted to a dry climate.
In the mid 1880’s Europeans came with flocks of sheep and for over 150 years major and often disruptive changes in the landscape occurred.
In 1979 Mungo Station was purchased and gazetted as a National Park and is part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. An informative Visitor Information Centre will be your first port of call enabling you to learn about and appreciate Mungo’s pre¬eminent human history and evolutionary landscape.
A 70 kilometre drive through the park will be on your itinerary. Stops along the way allow you to explore natural and cultural features. As part of your tour the “Walls of China” (Mungo’s lunette) is a must.
A walk through the Mungo Woolshed, erected in 1869 from locally obtained Murray Pine, will also enhance your appreciation of the park’s pastoral history.
Three nature walks have been developed which allow you to experience the varying vegetation communities within the park, including mallee, grassland and woodland. Signposted stops enable the visitor to gain an appreciation of semi¬arid vegetation. The walks are graded easy, and are suitable for all ages.
There are two alternate routes to access Mungo from the Wentworth Shire. From Wentworth, head along the Pooncarie then Top Hut Roads if you would like a greater section of sealed travel. Alternatively, from Mildura you can travel via the Arumpo Road for approximately 110 kilometres into the Park. Although the road is slowly being progressively sealed, the majority of the road remains unsealed and visitors should drive accordingly.
A range of accommodation is available. Two camping areas provide basic facilities. The Mungo Shearers’ Quarters are available for a small fee and provide bunk accommodation (please book ahead at the District Office in Buronga). Alternatively, located just outside the National Park is Mungo Lodge which provides motel style accommodation or alternatively, Turlee Station Stay for farmstay style accommodation.