Mungo National Park

Saturday, Oct 05, 2013 at 00:00

Member - Tony&Jac

We drove from Wentworth to Mungo viaThe Darling Run and Top Hut Road. Top Hut Rd was really rough with half the clay capping worn away.

We camped at main camp. There were lots of people here, but there was still plenty of room with the sites sufficiently separated. We had a nice site with afternoon shade, and a great kids climbing tree. They allow wood fires, but byo wood. The other campsite in the park does not allow fires at all.

In the morning we popped into the visitor centre and booked on the 9:30 walls of china guided walk.

Our guide Ernest talked about and showed us some aboriginal bush tucker and told us about how various trees, termites, leaves and animals are used.

To walk past the boardwalk and up to the walls you must be with an aboriginal guide, so this is where we left the self guided people.

Ernest showed us a termite fireplace use by aboriginals for over 25000 years as a way of keeping a fire warm for days so when another group come by it is easy to relight a fire. He showed us animal bones and shells of a similar age. The evidence of a very long continuous habitation was everywhere, as the ground erodes away.

There are also hot showers available to campers at the information centre, so it was nice to have a family cleanup on the afternoon.

In the evening we returned to hear a talk and slide show from Ernest along with tea and Johnnycake (like flat damper) made fresh over the fire.

After 2 nights here, we'll be travelling back towards Sydney. Probably stopping overnight near Nerrandera.
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