Mungo NP via Top Hut Road

Mungo NP via Top Hut Road This route takes you to Mungo National Park from Mildura travelling on the Buronga Arumpo Road. It passes through some nice outback scenery including Lake Arumpo.
StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesWentworth Pooncarie Rd & Top Hut Rd
FinishMain Camp (Mungo NP)
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5 Suitable for4WD AWD 
Distance123.18 kmMinimum Days1
Average Speed50.21 km/hrDriving Time2 hrs 27 mins
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Article By: ExplorOz Team
Page Updated: 6 Dec 2011

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Description

This trek note has been prepared to provide one of the 3 alternative access routes into the Mungo National Park, located in the southwest corner of NSW, roughly 100km northeast of Mildura (Vic). For other access routes please also read our trek note for Mildura to Mungo NP.

For full details on visiting the park please ensure you also read our Mungo National Park trek note which provides details on all park features and provides the plot file for touring the 70km self-drive route within the park.

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Environment

The crescent shaped lunette, otherwise known as the ‘Walls of China’, is one of the main highlights in Mungo National Park. Standing around 30m high and stretching nearly 30km long, this now dry eastern shore holds secrets of preserved campfires, cooking hearths and burials of ancient Aboriginal people. There are three distinct layers of sands and soil forming the Walls of China. The oldest is the reddish Gol Gol layer, formed between 100,000 and 120,000 years ago. The middle greyish layer and the most archaeologically rich is the Mungo layer, deposited between 50,000 and 25,000 years ago. The most recent is the Zanci layer, which is pale brown, and was laid down mostly between 25,000 and 15,000 years ago.

Flora

There are three main types of native vegetation that co-exist in the Mungo National Park - being grassy woodlands, heathlands and semi-arid woodlands. Within the grassy woodlands, cypress pines thrive on loamy soils, sandy ridges and rocky out-crops. They can grow in dense communities, but these days are somewhat scattered, mainly due to extensively harvesting. These trees must be seen in their native habitat to be truly appreciated, as they play host to a variety of wildlife including pink cockatoos, which feed on the seeds of the small pinecones. The heathlands consist of lakebed shrubs such as Chenopodiaceae, commonly known as saltbush or bluebush. During Spring, these plants reveal a beautiful understorey of wildflowers. In the semi-arid woodland parts, mallee dominate the area. The name mallee comes from an Aboriginal word for eucalyptus trees that are multi-stemmed from their base. The underground woody structure (lignotuber) stores water and nutrients, allowing the plant to survive in such harsh conditions. Aborigines used to rely on these lignotubers as an important source of drinking water.

Fauna

There are many species of fauna within the park such as the largest of our marsupials - the kangaroo. These herbivores spend their days grazing quietly in the grasslands or resting in a scratched out pad in the woodland shade. All three species - Red, Western grey, and the Eastern grey kangaroos co-exist in the park. Other animals you may be lucky to encounter are short-beaked echidnas, spiny anteaters, bats, pygmy and larger possums, bandicoots and the common and fat-tailed dunnarts. The largest reptile in the park is the harmless carpet python, which grows between 2 and 4 metres long. Mungo supports a wide variety of bird species mainly due to the diverse environment. Birds you may see include: emus, mallee ring-necks, galahs, pink cockatoos, zebra finches, crested pigeons, blue bonnets, budgerigars, and orange and crimson chats.

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Preparation

For detailed checklists & advice regarding remote area travel, you are strongly encouraged to read the following articles: 4WD Driving Skills & Rules; What to Take; Recovery Gear Needs; Spare Parts and Tools; Food & Water; Water Tank; Long Range Fuel Tanks; Suspension; EPIRB; HF Radio; UHF Radio; Satphone; Staying in Touch as well as Travel Etiquette; Care for the Environment; Snake Bite Treatment; Outback Survival; & Driver Fatigue.

Official track reports are reviewed weekly and you'll always find the latest report in the ExplorOz Road Conditions section.
Mungo National Park does not have closing times, but be aware that all roads in and around the park are closed after rain. Please take adequate supplies of fuel, food and water. No food, petrol or diesel is available at or near the park, and water is a rare commodity in a semi-arid environment - so always carry plenty with you. All roads in and around the park are unsealed. Many of them have little traffic, particularly outside holiday seasons. Always carry extra food and water in case of an emergency. If you become stranded - stay with your vehicle.

Consider taking communications equipment such as HF or UHF radios. Mobile phones do not work in Mungo National Park, so in emergencies, a ranger can be contacted on UHF channel 22. Mungo lies in the fruit fly exclusion zone so you can only bring in food bought in from Broken Hill, Menindee, Hillston, Griffith, Narrandera, Shepparton, Swan Hill, Mildura, Waikerie, Renmark or other places within those boundaries.

Permits

If you are driving into Mungo National Park, then you will need to purchase a Vehicle Day Pass.
Payment is by self registration. Envelopes & information from the front of the Mungo NP Visitor Centre.

Camping fees in Mungo NP also apply. Belah campsite has 12 sites. This campground is a great overnight spot for people taking their time doing the Mungo Drive Tour, or for those looking for a secluded campsite. No fires are allowed.
For more information on fees, please click: Camping in Mungo NP

For more information in general, you can contact the park office in Buronga.

Buronga

Street address: Corner of Sturt Highway and Melaleuca Street, Buronga NSW
Postal address: PO Box 318, Buronga NSW 2739
Phone: (03) 5021 8900
Fax: (03) 5022 2037
Email: buronga.office@environment.nsw.gov.au

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Unfortunately, there is no longer any fuel available at Pooncarie.

Best Time To Visit

Outback New South Wales experiences very hot and dry summers. Travel is safer and more enjoyable between March and October. Please note - unsealed roads may be closed after rain.

Closest Climatic Station

Pooncarie Mail Agency
Distance from Trek Mid Point 34.99km NW
 JanFebMarAprMayJun JulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C 35.834.430.526.3 20.917.317.019.5 23.426.931.033.2
Mean Min. °C 18.818.214.811.1 7.15.24.45.4 7.710.614.416.2
Mean Rain mm 23.123.218.317.5 25.926.022.522.6 21.526.320.921.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

What to See

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This list may not be complete for the entire region. Places listed here are directly located along the plot file associated with this Trek Note. You can locate other nearby Places by browsing the map or searching Places.
There are a total of 9 place entries

Mungo National Park Visitor Centre - NSW Overall Rating: 5/5

National Parks,Reserves Caravan Park Camp Free Walk Track Rubbish Bin,Tip Water Supply Toilet Aboriginal Lands,Communities Restricted,Permit Access
The Mungo NP Visitor Centre is open every day and provides visitors with all the information you need to get an understanding of what the park protects and how you can enrich ...
Position: -33.72322 143.02664 Altitude: 71m PlaceID: 6619 Updated: 29 Apr 10 10:18

Mungo Woolshed - NSW

Point of Interest
The Mungo Wool Shed was constructed in about 1869 of locally harvested cypress pine using a drop-log construction. Stroll through the historic Mungo Woolshed and associated ...
Position: -33.72368 143.02789 Altitude: 70m PlaceID: 18651 Updated: 31 Mar 09 09:22

Lake Mungo - NSW Overall Rating: 5/5

Water Body,River,Stream,Falls Toilet Camp Fee
Lake Mungo is an ancient dry lake located in south-western NSW. Protected within the Mungo National Park and within the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region....
Position: -33.73248 143.05487 Altitude: 64m PlaceID: 67717 Updated: 05 Jan 11 07:44

The Walls Of China Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
The highlight of the 70km sign-posted vehicular track around the Mungo National Park is the white coloured lunette (or "walls") - named the Walls of China where you can walk ...
Position: -33.74206 143.12753 Altitude: 76m PlaceID: 18598 Updated: 10 Dec 11 01:38

Red Top Tank Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
Near Red Top Tank is the Red Top Lookout.
Position: -33.78453 143.10742 Altitude: 67m PlaceID: 86236 Updated: 10 Dec 11 01:33

Red Top Lookout Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
Viewing platform and boardwalk. Close -up views of the eroded lunette with its wind and water scoured patterns.
Position: -33.78828 143.11339 Altitude: 86m PlaceID: 86232 Updated: 04 Oct 12 11:17

Round Tank Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
Circular earthen walled structure built to hold water. Also used as a trap for feral goats but in run down condition in Sept 12....
Position: -33.69798 143.18309 Altitude: 77m PlaceID: 86239 Updated: 12 Oct 12 10:19

Vigars Wells Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
The wells were dug here in the 1930's to take advantage of a natural soak. In the Cobb and Co coaches era of the late 1800's the soak provided welcome water and was the point ...
Position: -33.69255 143.10506 Altitude: 77m PlaceID: 86235 Updated: 04 Oct 12 11:47

Zanci Homestead Mungo NP - NSW

Point of Interest
Zanci Homestead was built into the ground for use as a cool room. The stables are a drop pine log-walled and spinifex thatched building....
Position: -33.70188 143.02963 Altitude: 72m PlaceID: 18649 Updated: 10 Dec 11 01:34

Where to Stay

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There are a total of 5 place entries

Mungo National Park Visitor Centre - NSW Overall Rating: 5/5

National Parks,Reserves Caravan Park Camp Free Walk Track Rubbish Bin,Tip Water Supply Toilet Aboriginal Lands,Communities Restricted,Permit Access
The Mungo NP Visitor Centre is open every day and provides visitors with all the information you need to get an understanding of what the park protects and how you can enrich ...
Position: -33.72322 143.02664 Altitude: 71m PlaceID: 6619 Updated: 29 Apr 10 10:18

Lake Mungo - NSW Overall Rating: 5/5

Water Body,River,Stream,Falls Toilet Camp Fee
Lake Mungo is an ancient dry lake located in south-western NSW. Protected within the Mungo National Park and within the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region....
Position: -33.73248 143.05487 Altitude: 64m PlaceID: 67717 Updated: 05 Jan 11 07:44

Nice Campsite (Mungo NP) - NSW Overall Rating: 2/5

Camp Fee Toilets
There are some lovely Mallee trees in this location. Main Camp at Mungo NP with large campsites, fireplaces and plenty of room for large and smaller caravans,...
Position: -33.74142 143.17297 Altitude: 77m PlaceID: 86233 Updated: 26 May 10 13:47

Belah Campground Mungo NP - NSW

Camp Fee Toilets
Belah campground is a great overnight spot for people taking their time doing the Mungo Drive Tour, or for those looking for a secluded campsite....
Position: -33.7123 143.17702 Altitude: 77m PlaceID: 86234 Updated: 10 Dec 11 01:39

Main Camp (Mungo NP) - NSW

Populated Place Walk Track Water Supply Toilet Camp Fee
This campsite is located within the Mungo National Park and is the ideal base-camp for touring the area, especially as it is the closest and most convenient camp for sunset ...
Position: -33.73644 143.01517 Altitude: 88m PlaceID: 86518 Updated: 31 Mar 09 09:30

Directions

LocationsDistanceDirectionTime
Wentworth Pooncarie Rd & Top Hut Rd to Top Hut 45.74 km E 102° 1 hr 50 min
Top Hut to Top Hut Rd & Garnpung Rd 8.99 km E 108° 21 min
Top Hut Rd & Garnpung Rd to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk 3.78 km S 182° 4 min
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Mungo National Park Visitor Centre 0.98 km NE 66° 1 min
Mungo National Park Visitor Centre to Mungo Woolshed 0.26 km SE 114°
Mungo Woolshed to Lake Mungo 2.52 km E 111° N/A
Lake Mungo to The Walls Of China Mungo NP 7.1 km E 99° N/A
The Walls Of China Mungo NP to Red Top Tank Mungo NP 5.42 km S 201° 3 min
Red Top Tank Mungo NP to Red Top Lookout Mungo NP 0.82 km SE 127°
Red Top Lookout Mungo NP to Nice Campsite (Mungo NP) 7.89 km NE 47° 7 min
Nice Campsite (Mungo NP) to Belah Campground Mungo NP 4.29 km N 4 min
Belah Campground Mungo NP to Round Tank Mungo NP 1.99 km N 19° 13 min
Round Tank Mungo NP to Vigars Wells Mungo NP 9.07 km W 275° 11 min
Vigars Wells Mungo NP to Zanci Homestead Mungo NP 18.7 km W 262° 24 min
Zanci Homestead Mungo NP to Mungo Woolshed 3.31 km S 184° 4 min
Mungo Woolshed to Mungo National Park Visitor Centre 0.26 km NW 294°
Mungo National Park Visitor Centre to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk 0.98 km SW 246° 1 min
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Main Camp (Mungo NP) 1.09 km S 190° 1 min
Wentworth Pooncarie Rd & Top Hut Rd to Main Camp (Mungo NP) 123.18 km     2 hr 27 min
Distance is GPS recorded driving distance (not straight line), Direction is straight line from start to end, Time is calculated from actual GPS driving data.

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