info onthe area around darling river mungo nat

Submitted: Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003 at 20:21
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Has anyone got up to date info on the area around mungo national park and darling river area. ie.. any water in the river , how are the roads, has there been much rain if any etc..... any info much appreciated. The "young" lady, myself, and the lux heading up that way in a couple of weeks or less. Thanks to all who reply. Des.
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Reply By: Member - Bob - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003 at 21:20

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003 at 21:20
We headed West through there at Easter. We camped in the bush to the NE of Balranald, off the Burke and Wills Road. There are some good unfenced areas with mallee scrub and sandy red earth. Mungo is good to visit but we prefer bush camping well away from heavily frequented areas. After Mungo we headed to Pooncarie and then on the Broken Hill. We were dodging pretty heavy rain in the week before Easter and some of the roads became pretty slippery. There seemed to be plenty of water in the Darling, but unlike other years we didn't camp by the river because of the rain. We ended up camping to the west of the Silver City Hwy, glad to be dry and not stuck in the grey river silt. When dry you can camp on the banks of the Darling. Banks are steep and can be muddy. We camped on the western side north of Pooncarie a few years ago. Mungo is certainly worth alook. The visitor centre is informative, and a drive to the lunette on the other side is a must.
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Reply By: athol - Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003 at 22:37

Tuesday, Jun 17, 2003 at 22:37
I have been thinking about posting a similar question. We are planning a trip from Wentworth to Camerons Corner in August towing offroad camper. Am interested in bush camping spots along the river. We plan to take a look at Mungo and a stay at Menindee Lakes area taking a bit of time for fishing and yabbying along the way. Is the road suitable for towing, are there any spots on the river for caming or is it all private property with no access.
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Follow Up By: Member - Bob - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 10:15

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 10:15
Athol, to the north of Poonacrie the road runs along the western bank of the river and for the most part there are no fences. We had a good camping spot with fire, kids able to swim/canoe in river. Once you reach the intersection where the road heads right to Menindie, and left the the SS Hwy, you have gone too far. There are some interesting ways to head north from Broken Hill, other than the main Hwy if you have the time and like desert country (and don't mind visiting SA). Let's know if you are interested. The other option heading north is to go to Mutawingi Nat Pk, also an excellent place to visit. We have towed a trailer through the above areas without problem.
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Reply By: Member - Alex B - Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 10:19

Wednesday, Jun 18, 2003 at 10:19
Hi Guy’s,
Here’s the phone number for the NPWS office at Buronga 03 5021 8900– they look after Mungo NP, and will be able to give you info on the area.The Park is definitely worth a visit. The “Walls of China” is spectacular take plenty of film and make the effort to take some shots at sunrise and sunset.
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Reply By: athol - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 00:49

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 00:49
Hi bob,
I have an open mind and no real timetable, we have 4 weeks to do the round trip from Wollongong. so all suggestions and tips would be greatly appreciated. I read in road conditions (this site) the road to Packsaddle is closed, will check closer to time.
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Follow Up By: duncs - Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 13:32

Thursday, Jun 19, 2003 at 13:32
Hi Athol
I live in the area and can tell you that the roads are all normally suitable for a trailer if you exercise a little comon sense. However, all unsealed roads in the area are very quickly closed after rain. This is to prevent damage. It is worth taking notice of the closures as the fines for travelling on a closed road are very steep. The roads also open reasonalbly quickly as well depending on how much rain has fallen.

Also, most of the area you will be trtavelling through is privately owned. Just because there is no fence doesn't mean it isn't. Most land holders are willing to let you camp but it is common courtesy to ask. If they say no, please don't argue. They usually have a good reason.

The countryside is very beautiful and is interseting at the moment because of the effect of the drought. Nth of BH there has been a bit of rain and it looks greener. Mutawingee is well worth a visit too.

Enjoy the trip.
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