Mildura to Mungo NP

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMildura
FinishMain Camp (Mungo NP)
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable for4WD AWD 2WD Camper Motorhome Bike 
Distance111.89 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed61.63 km/hr
Driving Time1 hr 48 mins
Page Updated: 9 Jul 2012

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 Mungo NP via Top Hut Road.

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.

Preparation

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.

Fuel Supplies & Usage

Fuel Symbol
DieselULPLPG
4cyl 16 litres4cyl 18 litres4cyl 22 litres
6cyl 17 litres6cyl 20 litres6cyl 20 litres
8cyl 17 litres8cyl 19 litres
Usage is averaged from recorded data (* specific to this trek) and calculated based on trek distance.

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

Mildura Airport
Distance from Trek Mid Point 55.43km SW
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C32.231.628.323.619.016.015.417.320.423.927.530.1
Mean Min. °C16.716.513.810.17.45.24.35.37.39.812.514.8
Mean Rain mm21.822.420.417.825.122.626.226.026.930.026.225.4
    Best time to travel      Ok time to travel      Travel NOT recommended

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Directions

LocationsDistanceDirection Time
Mildura to Buronga2.88 kmNE46° 2 min
Buronga to Silver City Hwy & Buronga Arumpo Rd2.32 kmN356° 2 min
Silver City Hwy & Buronga Arumpo Rd to Substation (Buronga Arumpo Rd)9.95 kmNE54° 23 min
Substation (Buronga Arumpo Rd) to Buronga Arumpo Rd & Wamberra Rd8.6 kmNE46° 20 min
Buronga Arumpo Rd & Wamberra Rd to Little Wilsons Tank33.79 kmE73° 24 min
Little Wilsons Tank to Bellnar4.83 kmE91° 3 min
Bellnar to Franks Tank0.31 kmNE56°
Franks Tank to Creek Tank10.97 kmE83° 8 min
Creek Tank to Marma0.3 kmSE115°
Marma to Buronga Arumpo Rd & Prungle Arumpo Rd & Box Creek Rd4.42 kmNE42° 3 min
Buronga Arumpo Rd & Prungle Arumpo Rd & Box Creek Rd to Old Arumpo15.22 kmN14° 11 min
Old Arumpo to Roys Tank8.15 kmNE50° 6 min
Roys Tank to Mungo Lodge4.61 kmE72° 4 min
Mungo Lodge to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk2.51 kmNE39° 3 min
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Mungo National Park Visitor Centre0.98 kmNE66° 1 min
Mungo National Park Visitor Centre to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk0.98 kmSW246° 1 min
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Main Camp (Mungo NP)1.09 kmS190° 1 min
Mildura to Main Camp (Mungo NP)111.89 km  1 hr 48 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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