Mungo / Menindee / Mutawintji

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Planning a look around these areas in July. Would appreciate any trip suggestions (itinerary, "not-to-miss" ideas, good camps, etc).

Have 10 days leaving from and returning to Sydney. Have already trolled the trek notes and searched the archives. All that did was make me want to go tomorrow.

Thanks,
Dexter
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 13:19

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 13:19
One way I found to make the long drive out west seem really quick was to follow the course of the Lachlan and check all the towns and features. From Wyangala dam west you take in some of the best towns in the country. At Hillston you can then either head toward Ivanhoe and up toward Broken Hill, or down to Hay and Balranald and approach Mungo from there.

After Mungo there is Kinchega. Then Broken Hill and Silverton. From there you can check the dog fence to the north, or just head to Mutwingee.

Ten days will give you plenty of time to dawdle and enjoy.
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Reply By: Matt14 - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 14:48

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 14:48
Mutawingee is certainly a highlight. We spent 4 days there in 2002. Try some of the guided walks and all of the self guide walks if you can. The camp is good. Hot showers (if youre quick) and bore water on tap. Take your own firewood though.

matt
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Reply By: Member -Bob & Lex (Sydney) - Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 15:44

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 15:44
We went to Mungo at Xmas & its great, was quit then but in July it will be busy. there are 2 camp grounds. The main 1 is on the road to Mildura, the other is on the other side of the Great Walls & hot showers are at the ranger station. we would go back tomorrow. As to other places we hav'nt got there yet.
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Reply By: Graham- Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 17:38

Friday, Mar 19, 2004 at 17:38
Hi Dexter,

The camp ground, 1 km up the road from Ranger Station, at Mungo has wood supplied. Or did when we were there last. Been there 3 times so far. Great place.

If you are going during any of the school holidays, and you have kids, make sure you do the Discovery Tours at any of the NPs that have them running. Well worthwhile.

At Mutawinji the camp spots by the creek are really nice but keep an eye on branches. And you do need to take your own firewood. We bought some at Broken hill and did the right thing - though I think you may find some dead stuff lying around the camp ground due to fallen branches.

If you are camping at Kinchega (Menindee Lakes) go to the camping ground right on the lake. It is fantasic and the views at sunset over the water, with the drowned trees in the background are superb. Be aware that the water is cold!! :-)

You may want to consider a drop in at Willandra NP too. Given the other reply about following the Lachlan (we did that) and going up via Hilston. We did that too! :-)

Regards

Graham

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Follow Up By: Dexter - Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 08:43

Monday, Mar 22, 2004 at 08:43
Thanks to all for the advice.
Travel safe,
Dexter
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