The Walls Of China Mungo NP - NSW

  Point of Interest


DEG: -33.742062 143.127533
DMS: 33º 44' 31.42" S 143º 07' 39.12" E
UTM: 54 H 6264410mN 697082mE
Altitude: 76.02m


Place Type

Recreation - Point of Interest


436.99kms East of Adelaide - Driving 516 km (7 hours 39 mins)
481.29kms North of Melbourne - Driving 588 km (8 hours 35 mins)
577.14kms West of Canberra - Driving 790 km (10 hours 24 mins)

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Mungo National Park
New South Wales
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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 back in time through the layers of a dune and stroll to the top of the drifting sands for a view across the lake floor.

Lake Mungo today is an ancient dry lake bed however during the ice ages Lake Mungo was one of a chain of freshwater lakes strung along Willandra Creek, then the main channel of the Lachlan River. These dry lakes preserve one of the longest continual records of Aboriginal life in Australia, dating from around 50,000 years ago through to the present day. Dating of ancient burials shows that these are the oldest known fully modern humans outside of Africa.

When the lakes dried 18,000 years ago, strong winds had swept storms of sand up from the lake floor, dumping it on the shoreline and creating the famous lunette - known as ‘The Walls of China’. The lunette is constantly eroding, and has already revealed many secrets, including Mungo Lady and Mungo Man, fossils of mega-fauna, ancient and extremely well preserved campfires, cooking hearths and burials revealing that Aborginal people continued to live near soaks along the old river channel and quarried stone from rock outcrops on the lake floor. The fragile formations of sand and clay of the Walls of China have been shaped by the elements - a visit at sunset or sunrise is recommended. Note that guided tours are available from private tour operators year round, and ranger guided tours are held during school holidays.

Remember that all Aboriginal artefacts, bones and fossilised plant matter is protected by law. Do not pick up or remove any that you may see.
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Closest Climatic Station

Pooncarie Mail Agency
Distance from The Walls Of China Mungo NP 65.1km NW
Mean Max. °C35.834.430.526.320.917.317.019.523.426.931.033.2
Mean Min. °C18.818.214.811.
Mean Rain mm23.123.218.317.525.926.022.522.621.526.320.921.4

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