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Mungo National Park: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting

Mungo National Park: Everything You Need to Know About Visiting

Mungo National Park is a mightily impressive national park in Outback NSW. Set on the now-dried Lake Mungo in the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Site, the national park is not only naturally captivating, but it holds cultural and historical significance.

In this guide, we’re going to tell you everything you need to know about visiting the immense Mungo National Park.

Visiting Mungo National Park: The Ultimate Guide

Also known as Lake Mungo National Park and Mungo Lakes National Park, Mungo National Park is one of the most amazing places to visit in NSW, let alone Australia. The otherwordly landforms and incredible natural scenery have to be seen to be believed. Whilst, archaeological discoveries in the area reveal the long history of Australian Aboriginal people.

Of course, Mungo National Park isn’t a stone’s throw away from any major cities. But, we can guarantee that a trip to this part of Outback NSW is absolutely worth it. With this in mind, we’re going to talk through everything you need to know about visiting.

But first, to appreciate the cultural significance of this place, let’s have a look at some history of Lake Mungo!

FYI –  Lake Mungo is the second largest of 19 dry lakes which were once part of Willandra Creek. Lake Mungo is now part of the Willandra Lakes Region World Heritage Site, which was given this status in 1981. 

Read our detailed Mungo National Park Accommodation Guide

The lunettes near Vigar Wells picnic area, Mungo National Park. Dan walks in between a pair of large ripple textured lunettes; their colour mainly brown. The sky is overcast.
Vigar Wells picnic area

Why Is Mungo National Park Important?

There have been some truly incredible archeological findings at Lake Mungo in Mungo National Park. These findings have changed our understanding of Aboriginal history and culture.

The discovery of bones (Mungo Woman) on the shores of Lake Mungo in 1968 by Jim Bowler, dating back 40,000 years, provided the oldest evidence of ritual cremation in the world! This groundbreaking discovery revealed a more advanced culture than we’d previously understood.

Whilst, the discovery of a skeleton in 1974 (Mungo Man), also by Jim and also dating back around 40,000 years, provided further evidence that Mungo National Park is one of the oldest inhabited places in the world (outside of Africa). Before this discovery, it was believed that the Indigenous people of Australia occupied the land only around 20,000 years ago. But, it’s actually estimated that they lived around Mungo National Park between 50–60,000 years ago!

There are also incredible archaeological findings of bones and artifacts belonging to the now-extinct megafauna. These gigantic animals once existed alongside the Aboriginal people. It was a time when there was actually water in Lake Mungo (it dried up around 15,000 years ago)!

By visiting Mungo National Park, you can explore these areas where significant archaeological and historical discoveries have been made. So, exactly where is the national park located?

Where Is Mungo National Park (Lake Mungo) Located?

Mungo National Park is located in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage area in Outback NSW, near the NSW-Victoria border. Despite being located in NSW, Mungo National Park is actually much closer to Adelaide (6 hours drive away) and Melbourne (7 hours drive away), compared with Sydney (11 hours drive away). To help you get your bearings, please click on the image below to access an interactive map of the area.

A screenshot of a map showing the location of Mungo National Park (Lake Mungo) Mungo National Park (Lake Mungo) location
Mungo National Park (Lake Mungo) location

Things to Do at Mungo National Park NSW

There are plenty of awesome things to do at Mungo National Park. Other than learning about Aboriginal culture and history, you’ll explore breathtaking natural beauty.

Essentially, there are two main ways to explore the national park. You can visit independently by doing a 70km self-guided circular drive around the Mungo Track. Personally, this is what Beck and I did and thoroughly enjoyed it. Otherwise, you can do guided tours of the area. Of course, you can always do a little of both!

Below, we’ll look at the main attractions you’ll see during the self-guided drive tour around Mungo Track. Then, we’ll look at guided tours and what the additional benefits are of doing these tours.

The Mungo Loop Track Self-Guided Drive

By doing the roughly 70km one-way self-guided drive around the Mungo Track, you’ll explore the main attractions, walks and highlights of the national park and Lake Mungo site.

Starting at the Mungo Visitor Centre, we’ll talk about the things to do and places to see during the self-drive loop, showing you some images of Lake Mungo​​​ and its vast and barren landscape.

A screenshot of a map showing the self-guided Mungo Track drive
Self-guided drive around Lake Mungo, NSW

Mungo Visitor Centre

The Mungo Visitor Centre is really the focal point of Mungo National Park. This is where the self-drive tour begins, whilst it’s generally the starting place for tours. Inside the Mungo Visitor Centre, you’ll find an excellent exhibition, detailing the history of the area and its cultural significance to Aboriginal people.

Mungo Woolshed

After visiting the Mungo Visitor Centre, be sure to check out the Mungo Woolshed situated next door. Built in 1869, you’ll have a much more recent history to learn about. The woolshed was creatively made of locally harvested cypress pine using a drop-log construction.

Taking a step inside the sheep shearing quarters is like taking a step back in time. The woolshed doesn’t look like it has changed too much over the years. It’s only the safety signs and information boards, teaching you about the pastoral history, that are evidence of interference with the original interior setup and design.

So, you’ll have a truly authentic experience checking out the woolshed and reading more about it. In its heyday, the woolshed was a busy place. There could be upwards of 18 men shearing approximately 50,000 sheep. The once hectic and lively ambience is a stark contrast to the quiet and peaceful visit we had.

Only Beck and I wondered the woolshed, merely imagining those more impressive scenes from another time. As the floorboards squeaked and screeched, our appetite for nature grew. We were quite excited to check out the natural landscape and epic desert scenery around Lake Mungo.

The Mungo Woolshed, next to the Mungo Visitor Centre. A old interior of a woolshed with timber floor and walls with varied machinery and equipment.
The Mungo Woolshed, next to the Mungo Visitor Centre

Mungo Foreshore Walk

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 3.5km
  • Time: 45 minutes – 1 hour
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 30m
  • Difficulty: Grade 3 (moderate)
  • Trailhead: Mungo Visitor Centre
  • Map: AllTrails

All walks in this guide are graded by NSW National Parks using the Australian Walking Track Grading System

After exploring the Mungo Visitor Centre and Mungo Woolshed, it’s time for a hike. By following this trail, you’ll walk across the dried lake bed of Lake Mungo, seeing epic sand dunes, gnarled trees and grassy woodlands.

Mungo Lookout

After seeing the attractions around the Mungo Visitor Centre, we recommend stopping at the Mungo Lookout. From the lookout, you’ll have a nice preview of what’s to come in Mungo National Park. You’ll enjoy views of the desert landscape residing over the now-dried Lake Mungo and the most famous lunette of them all, the Walls of China, is just visible.

Grasslands Nature Trail

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 1.3km
  • Time: 20–30 minutes
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 15m
  • Difficulty: Grade 2 (easy)
  • Trailhead: Mungo Lookout Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

When it comes to Mungo National Park hikes, the Grasslands Nature Trail is one of the shortest and easiest options. The grassy woodlands offer scenic views over Lake Mungo and is a great place for birdwatching.

Walls of China Viewing Platform

Perhaps, the star attraction of Mungo National Park is the Walls of China. Certainly, Beck and I were very excited to see the Walls of China. So, admittedly, from the Mungo Lookout, we skipped the Grasslands Nature Trail and headed straight there.

Along the drive, expect to see kangaroos producing clouds of orange-brown dust as they bounce through the dried shrubbery. Soon enough, you’ll arrive at the main attraction. There is a large car park there. Of course, this attraction will likely be the most crowded!

Walls of China viewing platform, thank goodness for zoom!  Most of the lunettes are covered in desert bush and shrubbery. It appears the lunettes are the only soil adequate for any plant growth. Otherwise the ground is a brown and orange barren desert. The sky is overcast.
Walls of China

Walls of China Boardwalk

There’s a slightly longer walk to get to the Walls of China viewing platform compared with the walk to the Mungo Lookout. But, it’s still a very short walk. You’ll be mesmerised the entire time by the alien-looking landscape on display. There are mounds of red rock with rippled textures scattered throughout a yellow and brown coloured desert. The lunette resembles a fascinating lunar-like presence. Without seeing much of the Australian outback before, Beck was blown away!

The views from the Walls of China lookout are good, but a bit far away to truly observe the interesting shapes and structures. By the way, wandering the Walls of China without a tour guide is trespassing. In the past, and still to this day, lunatics roam these fragile areas on bikes and other vehicles, leading to their destruction. Currently, guided tours of the Walls of China are the only legitimate way to get near them. In turn, this helps with conservation efforts.

Find out more about Walls of China guided tours here.

Our Experience at the Walls of China

Long story short, we explored Mungo National Park much earlier than we had anticipated due to a change of plans around COVID-19 travel restrictions. So it meant we hadn’t enough time to plan for a guided tour. If we had our time over, we would have certainly done a guided tour to explore the area in more detail. This would have allowed us to get closer to the Walls of China, meaning better photography opportunities.

Of course, you’ll still have a great time doing self-exploration without a guided tour. Luckily, you’ll have a chance to see similarly stunning scenery at some of the other lookouts on this self-drive itinerary.

Read more: Walls of China, Mungo National Park – How to Visit

Red Top Lookout & Boardwalk

For those of you who aren’t doing a Walls of China guided tour, you’ll definitely want to check out the Red Top Lookout. This boardwalk takes you a lot closer to the lunar-type landscape than the Walls of China Viewpoint. For that reason alone, we actually preferred checking out the Red Top Lookout. You’ll find another generously sized car park there. Upon arrival, you’ll notice the incredibly rippled-textured rocks. Whilst still respecting the boundaries, you’ll have better photography opportunities here, even without an official guide.

As you wander the short boardwalk, your visual senses will be overloaded. The foreign and bizarre-looking desert is so unique. Give it some time to register and sink in. Other than The Pinnacles in the Ben Boyd National Park, Beck and I can’t recall another moment during our South Coast NSW and Victoria road trip when we were so lost for words!

The incredible landscape on offer at the Red Lookout, Mungo National Park. Lunettes dominate the desert landscape, creating a valley pertaining desert dust. The orange Mungo Loop Track is seen in the distance. Shrubbery is seen in the distance as well as an overcast day.
Red Lookout

Mallee Stop Walking Track

  • Type: Loop
  • Distance: 1km
  • Time: 15–20 minutes
  • Accumulated elevation gain: 5m
  • Difficulty: Grade 3
  • Trailhead: Mallee Stop Car Park
  • Map: AllTrails

The Mallee Stop Walking Track is another short trail through interesting terrain on Lake Mungo. Keep in mind that parking is more limited there. But, we’re sure you’ll be able to find a park close to the trail. You’ll find a picnic area positioned by the start of the trail. An orange dusty track will lead you through areas of shrubbery and trees. Small information boards describing wildlife are evenly distributed along the trail and are worth the read.

After the magnificence of the Walls of China and Red Top lookouts, don’t be surprised if you’re a little underwhelmed by this walk. Nevertheless, it’s worth visiting, for at the very least, it could be a perfect stop for lunch. Otherwise, close by is the next stop; Vigars Well Picnic Area, an alternate place to eat lunch with picnic tables.

Dan walking along the Mallee Stop Walking Track. The flat ground is a vibrant orange. The track is surrounded by trees and fallen bark and bare branches. The sky is overcast.
Mallee Stop Walking Track

Vigars Well

It’s been approximately 15,000 years since the Willandra Lakes region held water. When you’re exploring this area, it’s hard to imagine that this now desert landscape was once submerged underwater by Lake Mungo. But, when you arrive at Vigar Wells, you get a small insight into how this land was once saturated with water.

Originally, this area was a natural spring used by Aboriginal people during times of drought. But since then, it was dug in the 1930s by Roy Vigar and turned into a well. It became a reliable source of water used to wash horses.

The stop at Vigar Wells was actually one of our favourite parts of the self-drive tour at Mungo National Park – not because of the well. But, because the picnic area is a gateway to exploring some more of the iconic lunette walls. Once you arrive at the large car park, you’ll see a series of large sand dunes. Walking up them takes a bit of effort but you’re rewarded with fantastic panoramic views of the wondrous landscape across Lake Mungo. Continuing on the sand dunes takes you deeper into the lunar-like terrain.

We aimlessly wandered the area for ages. The size of the landforms in the lunette was larger than we had expected. Their textures and shapes were incredible, plus their varied colours consisted of a palette of orange, green, yellow and brown. Self-exploring this area conjured an otherworldly experience difficult to replicate elsewhere. Perhaps only in other desert landscapes will you have the chance to enjoy this sensation.

The lunettes accessible from Vigar Wells picnic area, Mungo National Park. Dan looks at a large lunette, with rippled texture. There are many smaller lunettes in the background. The skies are overcast.
Near the Vigar Wells picnic area

Zanci Homestead and Zanci Pastoral Track

The final stop of the Mungo National Park self-drive tour is the Zanci Homestead. The site is made up of a few original ruins, whilst some have been refurbished. Make sure to descend the stairs into the well-maintained dugout. You’ll experience a drop in temperature. It’s surely a welcome reprieve on a hot day!

Checking out this area takes around half an hour. But, this really depends on how much time you spend at the Zanci Woolshed. Once part of the Mungo Woolshed, it was relocated and rebuilt on this site. Inside the woolshed are numerous information boards detailing the pastoral history of the Willandra Lakes Region.

Admittedly, this part of the tour wasn’t a major highlight. But, it’s still worth a visit. By visiting this site, you’ll leave the Mungo National Park with a greater understanding of the pastoral history.

The dugout at the Zanci Homestead, close to the Mungo Visitor Centre. There's a small opening with a rusted tin roof and wooden planks surrounding. Underneath is a cooler room. Around the dugout are ruins of varied farming equipment. The sky is overcast. This site is surrounded by trees. The ground is a bright orange.
Zanci Homestead

Cycling the Mungo Lakebed Loop Trail

Other than doing the self-guided driving tour around Lake Mungo on the Mungo Track, you can cycle around a different lakebed trail. Starting at the Mungo Lookout and finishing at the Zanci Homestead, the 35km cycling loop is a great alternative for exploring Mungo National Park.

Bird and Wildlife Watching

Mungo National Park is a great place to see birds and wildlife. Expect to see plenty of huge red kangaroos, emus and cockatoos!

Mungo National Park Tours

Other than self-exploring, there are plenty of great Mungo National Park guided tours. These tours will help you learn more about Aboriginal culture. The main tour operator is Mungo Guided Tours – the tour operator is based out of Mungo Lodge, which is a well-known four-star hotel in Mungo National Park.

Mungo Guided Tours offers pickup in Mildura, but only for their Mungo National Park day tours, which include visiting the Walls of China. Otherwise, the morning Walls of China tour as well as the sunrise and sunset tours, start at Mungo Lodge.

Alternatively, Discover Mildura offers Mungo National Park tours (including the Walls of China tour in the itinerary) from Mildura.

As mentioned, guided tours of the Walls of China is the only way to get up close and personal to explore the captivating lunette. When it comes to standalone Walls of China tours, there are two main tour operators.

  • NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services (NPWS): the Mungo Walk The Walls of China Tour is run by an NPWS Aboriginal ranger and starts from the Mungo Visitor Centre. Generally speaking, you’ll find the tours run by NSW National Parks are cheaper than the tours run by Mungo Guided Tours.
  • Mungo Guided Tours: these morning tours start at the Mungo Lodge.

Please head to the respective official websites for the latest details on itineraries, pricing, availability and booking.

Walls of China, Mungo Loop Track. Most of the lunettes are covered in shrubbery and dried bushes. A couple of vivid orange rocks appear in the foreground. Otherwise, the landscape is covered by light brown lunettes.

Scenic Flights

Another Mungo National Park tour option is the scenic flight over Lake Mungo. Personally, Beck and I didn’t do the scenic flight, so we can’t talk about it from personal experience. But, we’re sure doing a scenic flight over Lake Mungo and the Walls of China would be an incredible thing to do. Mungo Guided Tours offers this tour, so head to their website for further details.

The Best Mungo National Park Itinerary

It’s certainly possible to see all of the major highlights at Mungo National Park during a day trip by doing the self-guided drive tour around the Mungo Track as well as doing a guided tour of the Walls of China. So, you could just spend one day at the national park. But, it’s a fairly exhausting day, especially if you’re driving to and from Mildura or Wentworth.

If you want a more relaxing time and want to do all the available tours on offer, you may want to spend 2–3 nights in the national park.

How to Get to Mungo National Park

Despite being located in NSW, Mungo National Park is actually much closer to Adelaide in South Australia (6 hours drive away) and Melbourne in Victoria (7 hours drive away), compared with Sydney (11 hours drive away).

The quickest and easiest way to get to Mungo National Park is to drive there yourself. Although it’s possible to drive there in a 2WD (which is what Beck and I did), it’ll be much more comfortable in a 4WD. That’s because all of the sandy roads in the national park are corrugated, which means they’re very bumpy. Also, the roads are prone to flooding (and closing). So, again, a 4WD is by far a better option, as you’re less likely to damage your vehicle, get stuck or need assistance.

If you need a car, we recommend using DiscoverCars.com. It’s a fantastic search engine for finding the cheapest car hire.

Car Hire

DiscoverCars.com

If you don’t have your own car, you should hire one using Discover Cars. Personally, we use Discover Cars and highly recommend them for finding your ideal car hire at an affordable price. Booking online is super easy and the free cancellation policy is great.

Although Mildura (in Victoria) is geographically closer and a shorter drive (118km) to Mungo National Park, 88km of this route is on unsealed roads. So, even in a 4WD, it’s much slower. In a 2WD, you wouldn’t even consider this option! The slightly longer drive (129km) from Wentworth (in NSW) has only 59km on unsealed roads and is the best route option.

To follow this route, from Wentworth, you’ll drive along Pooncarie Road towards Pooncarie. Around 22km south of this town, you’ll find the turnoff to the Mungo National Park. So, if you have a 2WD and are staying in Mildura, it’s still best to drive this route via Wentworth to maximise your time on sealed roads. This will make the overall time shorter even though you end up driving a further distance.

A map showing how to get from Mildura and Wentworth to Mungo National Park
The drive from Mildura to Mungo National Park (via Wentworth)

Getting to Mungo National Park From Abroad or Interstate

For overseas travellers or those further away interstate, you’ll want to fly to either Adelaide or Melbourne to do this trip. We recommend using Skyscanner to search for the cheapest flights. When flying abroad, we always get the ball rolling with a Skyscanner.

Driving to Mungo National Park

With a 4WD, expect the journey time from Mildura (via Wentworth) to be around 2 hours, whilst directly from Wentworth, is just over 1.5 hours. From Hay, expect a 2.5 hour trip in both directions. With a 2WD, you’re looking at around 2.5 hour drive from Midura and 2 hour drive from Wentworth. From Hay, the drive time in a 2WD is somewhere around 3–3.5 hours each way.

During the drive to Mungo National Park, you’ll be treated to the unique atmosphere of a place, in the middle of nowhere! You’ll encounter barren and arid soil, shrubbery and trees. The orange dust so synonymous with the outback occupies the land with a brown tinge. It makes you acutely aware that although you’re in bloody woop woop, you’re still a long way from the vivid red soil of central outback Australia.

Mungo National Park Accommodation

Of course, where you base yourself will dictate where you drive from to reach Mungo National Park. When it comes to accommodation for exploring Mungo National Park, there are basically three options. You can stay in Mungo National Park itself or visit on a day trip from either Mildura or Wentworth. Let’s go through all of the accommodation options below.

Read more: The 6 Best Mungo National Park Accommodation Options

Mungo Lodge

Mungo Lodge is by far the best accommodation option in Mungo National Park. The excellent four-star lodge is located in the heart of the national park, near the Mungo Visitor Centre. By staying at Mungo Lodge, you’ll enjoy a great combination of a rustic outback stay with a touch of luxury.

The lodge offers four principal accommodation types including King Deluxe Cabin, King Twin Cabin, Self-Contained Deluxe Cabin and King Deluxe Accessibility Cabin. Mungo Lodge also offers glamping and bunkhouses for families. On-site, you’ll find an excellent restaurant called the Mungo Bar and Bistro, serving three meals a day.

Book Mungo Lodge

A hotel room
  • Highly-rated four-star lodge
  • Varied accommodation types
  • Tour packages available

Mungo Shearers’ Quarters

Other than camping, the most budget-friendly accommodation in Mungo National Park is at the Mungo Shearers’ Quarters. Certainly, if camping isn’t your thing; but, you’re looking for a cheaper option than Mungo Lodge, then the Mungo Shearers’ Quarters will suit you perfectly. Better yet, it’s a unique heritage accommodation, as you’ll stay in an authentic former shearers’ quarters!

Sure, the Mungo Shearers’ Quarters doesn’t have the luxury of Mungo Lodge, but it has all of the necessary amenities and facilities. There are five private rooms with a shared amenities block with hot showers and a shared kitchen. You’ll need to take your own bedding and food supplies.

You can book a stay at the Mungo Shearers’ Quarters on the NSW National Parks website.

Mungo National Park Camping

It’s also possible to camp at Mungo National Park. There are two campgrounds in the national park. Let’s start with the Main Campground, which is the most popular camping option.

Main Campground

As the name suggests, the Main Campground is the main camping option at Mungo National Park. Indeed, it’s the biggest and best campsite in the national park.

The campground has 33 sites and accommodates caravans, trailers and tents. It’s located around 2km from the Mungo Visitor Centre, where you’ll have access to hot showers and flush toilets. Otherwise, the Main Campground has picnic tables, BBQs and an amenities block with non-flush toilets. You’ll need to bring your own drinking water and firewood.

Belah Campground

The other camping option at Mungo National Park is Belah Campground. This spot is much more remote, located halfway along the 70km circular Mungo Track, near the Mallee Stop Walking Track.

This campground has 12 sites and only accommodates tents. Whilst, its facilities are very basic with only picnic tables and non-flush toilets. So, make sure you arrive well-prepared. If you really want to get away from it all and enjoy the dark sky, this Mungo camping spot could be just right for you! Better yet, the Belah Campground is usually only half the price of camping at the Main Campground.

Accommodation Near Mungo National Park

If you’re visiting the national park on a day trip or simply don’t wish to stay in the national park itself, you’ll want to find accommodation in either Mildura or Wentworth. Let’s start with the best accommodation options in Mildura.

Mildura Accommodation

For those wanting to visit Mungo National Park on a day trip, Mildura is the most popular place to stay outside of the national park. Because Mildura is the most sizeable town near the national park, many people choose to use it as a base. Certainly, you’ll find plenty of accommodation options in Mildura. Below, we’ll look at the best budget accommodation option as well as the best motel and hotel in Mildura.

  • Budget – Mildura Stopover: this is one of the most budget-friendly accommodation options in Mildura that offers private rooms. Guests rave about the price, shared kitchen and friendly staff.
  • Motel – Mildura Plaza Motor Inn: Mildura has loads of mid-range motel and motor inn accommodation options. Mildura Plazza Motor Inn is one of the most highly-rated motels in Mildura and is our pick of the bunch.
  • Hotel – Mercure Hotel Mildura: if you’re after a hotel in the area, it’s hard to beat the Mercure Hotel Mildura. Offering hotel rooms as well as apartments, all with access to the shaded swimming pool, you’ll enjoy an excellent stay at Mercure Hotel Mildura.

Wentworth Accommodation

Compared with Mildura, Wentworth is a much smaller town with far fewer accommodation options. So, most people will tend to stay in Mildura instead of Wentworth, even though Mildura is located further away from Mungo National Park. Although, some people choose to stay in Wentworth because it’s a little closer to the national park.

With this in mind, let’s look at the best accommodation options in Wentworth. Admittedly, when it comes to accommodation in Wentworth, you’ll mostly find motels.

FAQs About Mungo National Park

Below, we’ll answer the most frequently asked questions about Mungo National Park.

Who Was Mungo Man and Mungo Lady?

The archaeological discoveries of female bones and male bones, both dating back approx. 40,000 years ago, are now referred to as Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, respectively. For more Mungo Lady and Mungo Man facts, we highly recommend doing a guided tour of the Mungo National Park.

How Old Is Mungo National Park?

Lake Mungo, located in the national park, alongside the other lakes in the Willandra Lakes Region are approx. 150,000 years old. Whilst, Mungo National Park was given national park status in 1979.

How Big Is Mungo National Park?

The national park is roughly 110,967 hectares (274,210 acres).

When Is Mungo National Park Open?

The national park is open all year round. But, due to flooding, the roads leading to the national park are often closed, which means the national park is inaccessible. For the latest updates on whether roads are open, call NSW National Parks in advance or visit their website and check the latest alerts.

Do You Need a 4WD to Visit Mungo National Park?

Admittedly, visiting Mungo National Park will be much more comfortable in a 4WD. That’s because all of the sandy roads in the national park are corrugated. Certainly, a 4WD can handle corrugated roads much more aptly than a 2WD. Personally, Beck and I did the trip in a 2WD and it was very bumpy and slow to drive.

Also, as mentioned, the roads are prone to flooding (and closing). So, again, a 4WD is by far a better option, as you’re less likely to damage your vehicle, get stuck or need assistance.

Personally, without much experience driving on corrugated roads, we had to take it slow. Whilst all the 4WD vehicles zoomed by, we were able to slowly but safely explore the area. Just don’t be surprised if you’re the only people out there in a 2WD!

How Long Should You Spend at Mungo National Park?

If you’re short on time, it’s possible to see all of the main attractions in the national park on a packed-out day trip. Otherwise, to take your time and do several tours, you’ll want 2–3 days in the national park.

When Is the Best Time to Visit Mungo National Park?

Often, it’s recommended to visit in either spring or autumn to avoid the hot summer days and cold winter nights. Although spring brings lovely wildflowers, it’s also usually the wettest season, which means an increased chance of flooding and road closure. Perhaps, the best time of year to visit is in autumn, when the chance of rain is less and the climate is milder. But, wet weather can be unpredictable and road closures can happen all year round.

How Much Does it Cost to Visit Mungo National Park?

Unless you have an Annual Parks Pass, it costs $8AUD per vehicle, per day in the national park. Otherwise, there are no other costs to visit, unless you are doing a tour or staying in the national park itself.

What Should You Bring to Mungo National Park?

The national park is remote, so you’ll definitely want to bring adequate food and water. Although, Mungo Lodge does serve breaky, lunch and dinner. Also, make sure to travel with a full tank of petrol as there are no petrol stations in or near the national park. Keep in mind that during winter, even during the day, it can be really cold in the outback. So you’ll need some warm layers. But during summer, it can get stinking hot!

Can You Camp at Mungo National Park?

Yes, there are two campgrounds – Main Campground and Belah Campground.

How Far Is Mungo National Park From Mildura?

The national park is an approx. 118km drive from Mildura, taking roughly 2 hours in a 4WD. But, 88km of this route is on unsealed roads. The slightly longer drive (129km) from Wentworth (in NSW) has only 59km on unsealed roads. The journey from Mildura to Mungo National Park via Wentworth on Pooncarie Road is also around 2 hours, but less of your journey is on unsealed roads, so it should be a more pleasant journey via Wentworth.

Are Dogs Allowed at Mungo National Park?

No, most NSW national parks are pet-free spaces.

Are There Toilets at Mungo National Park?

Yes, there are toilets at the Mungo Visitor Centre and Mungo Shearers’ Quarters. Whilst, there are also non-flush toilets at Mungo Lookout, the Main Campground, Walls of China Viewpoint, Belah Campground and the Vigar Wells Picnic Area.

Is There Phone Reception at Mungo National Park?

No, so make sure you’re prepared and download any maps that you need before making the journey into the national park.

Is it Worth Going to Mungo National Park?

Yes, it’s absolutely worth the effort of reaching this remote national park. Certainly, Mungo National Park is one of the most incredible national parks to visit in Australia.

Bonus Tips

  • Check NSW National Parks website: before visiting Mungo National Park, check the NSW National Parks website. It doesn’t take much rainfall for the roads to be closed. This means you can’t drive to or access Mungo National Park. Fingers crossed your trip isn’t affected by rain. The website has current alerts to let you know if the roads are open or closed.
  • Do a guided tour of the Walls of China: our biggest regret was not doing this tour. It meant we didn’t get to see the Walls of China up close. For photographers, definitely do a guided tour!
  • Explore the town of Wentworth: even though Mildura is a bigger town with plenty more accommodation options, Wentworth is certainly still worth visiting. You should definitely visit the epic Perry Sandhills. Read our Wentworth Travel Guide for more information.

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Daniel Piggott

Physiotherapist turned travel blogger, Dan is a keen hiker, natural wonder seeker and world traveller. He loves writing travel guides to help his readers explore the most beautiful destinations in the world.

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