Mildura to Mungo NP

StartClick to Reverse the Dynamic Map and Driving NotesMildura
FinishMain Camp (Mungo NP)
DifficultyDifficulty 1.5/5
Suitable For2WD Motorhome/Van Motorbike 
Distance114.44 km
Minimum Days1
Average Speed66.13 km/hr
Travel Time1 hr 43 mins
Page Updated: 21 Oct 2021

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.

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Preparation

MUST READ: You are strongly encouraged to read the following articles prepared by the knowledge experts at ExplorOz for your safety and preparation before undertaking any published ExplorOz Trek - Outback Safety, Outback Driving Tips, Outback Communications, and Vehicle Setup for the Outback.

TIP

Please refer to Road Reports published by the local shire and/or main roads for the area you intend to visit. Road/Track conditions can change significantly after weather events. Travellers must be responsible for their own research on current conditions and track suitability.
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 Usage

DieselULPLPG
4cyl 16 litres4cyl 19 litres4cyl 23 litres
6cyl 18 litres6cyl 21 litres6cyl 20 litres
8cyl 18 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

Mildura to Buronga
Driving: 3.7 km
Heading: 46°
Avg Speed: 41.19 km/hr
EST Time: 05:23
  • Drive southwest on A20/Deakin Avenue. for: 0.19 km time: 00:20
  • Make a right U-turn at Ninth Street to stay on A20/Deakin Avenue. for: 0.49 km time: 00:58
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Seventh Street for: 0.65 km time: 00:58
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 1st exit, onto Sturt Highway for: 2.14 km time: 02:30
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Hendy Road for: 0.13 km time: 00:15
  • Turn left onto Chapman Street. for: 0.06 km time: 00:12
  • Turn left. for: 0.03 km time: 00:11
Buronga to Silver City Hwy & Buronga Arumpo Rd
Driving: 2.63 km
Heading: 357°
Avg Speed: 52.73 km/hr
EST Time: 02:59
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.03 km time: 00:09
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Chapman Street for: 0.06 km time: 00:14
  • Turn right onto A20/Hendy Road. for: 0.08 km time: 00:11
  • Enter the roundabout and take the 2nd exit, onto Silver City Highway for: 2.44 km time: 02:23
  • Turn right onto Arumpo Road. for: 0.02 km time: 00:03
Silver City Hwy & Buronga Arumpo Rd to Substation (Buronga Arumpo Rd)
Driving: 10.21 km
Heading: 54°
Avg Speed: 67.73 km/hr
EST Time: 09:02
  • Drive northeast on Arumpo Road. for: 10 km time: 06:32
  • Bear left. for: 0.21 km time: 02:31
Substation (Buronga Arumpo Rd) to Buronga Arumpo Rd & Wamberra Rd
Driving: 8.81 km
Heading: 46°
Avg Speed: 67.61 km/hr
EST Time: 07:49
  • Drive southeast. for: 0.21 km time: 02:31
  • Make a sharp left onto Arumpo Road. for: 8.53 km time: 05:14
  • Turn left onto Wamberra Road. for: 0.07 km time: 00:04
Buronga Arumpo Rd & Wamberra Rd to Little Wilsons Tank
Driving: 33.93 km
Heading: 73°
Avg Speed: 92.58 km/hr
EST Time: 21:59
  • Drive southeast on Wamberra Road. for: 0.07 km time: 00:03
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Arumpo Road for: 33.87 km time: 21:57
Little Wilsons Tank to Bellnar
Driving: 4.85 km
Heading: 91°
Avg Speed: 89.99 km/hr
EST Time: 03:14
  • Drive southeast on Arumpo Road. for: 4.85 km time: 03:14
Bellnar to Franks Tank
Driving: 0.3 km
Heading: 56°
Avg Speed: 90 km/hr
EST Time: 00:12
  • Drive east on Arumpo Road. for: 0.3 km time: 00:12
Franks Tank to Creek Tank
Driving: 10.99 km
Heading: 83°
Avg Speed: 90 km/hr
EST Time: 07:19
  • Drive east on Arumpo Road. for: 10.99 km time: 07:20
Creek Tank to Marma
Driving: 0.29 km
Heading: 115°
Avg Speed: 90 km/hr
EST Time: 00:11
  • Drive east on Arumpo Road. for: 0.29 km time: 00:12
Marma to Buronga Arumpo Rd & Prungle Arumpo Rd & Box Creek Rd
Driving: 4.42 km
Heading: 42°
Avg Speed: 88.42 km/hr
EST Time: 02:59
  • Drive northeast on Arumpo Road. for: 4.42 km time: 03:00
Buronga Arumpo Rd & Prungle Arumpo Rd & Box Creek Rd to Old Arumpo
Driving: 15.26 km
Heading: 14°
Avg Speed: 67.73 km/hr
EST Time: 13:31
  • Drive northeast on Arumpo Road. for: 15.26 km time: 13:31
Old Arumpo to Roys Tank
Driving: 8.17 km
Heading: 50°
Avg Speed: 90 km/hr
EST Time: 05:26
  • Drive north on Arumpo Road. for: 8.17 km time: 05:27
Roys Tank to Mungo Lodge
Driving: 4.88 km
Heading: 72°
Avg Speed: 74.76 km/hr
EST Time: 03:54
  • Drive northeast on Arumpo Road. for: 4.66 km time: 03:07
  • Turn right. for: 0.21 km time: 00:48
Mungo Lodge to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk
Driving: 1.79 km
Heading: 61°
Avg Speed: 33.32 km/hr
EST Time: 03:13
  • Drive north. for: 0.21 km time: 00:43
  • Turn right at the end of the road, onto Arumpo Road for: 1.58 km time: 02:31
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Mungo National Park Visitor Centre
Driving: 1.91 km
Heading: 33°
Avg Speed: 40.4 km/hr
EST Time: 02:50
  • Drive east on Arumpo Road. for: 0.01 km time: 00:01
  • Turn left onto Turlee Leaghur Road. for: 0.9 km time: 01:19
  • Turn right onto Mailbox Road. for: 0.97 km time: 01:19
  • Turn left. for: 0.03 km time: 00:08
  • Turn left. for: 0 km time: 00:03
Mungo National Park Visitor Centre to Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk
Driving: 1.92 km
Heading: 213°
Avg Speed: 32.9 km/hr
EST Time: 03:30
  • Drive west. for: 0.02 km time: 00:06
  • Turn left. for: 0.02 km time: 00:07
  • Turn left. for: 0.02 km time: 00:05
  • Turn right onto Lake Mungo Scenic Drive. for: 0.95 km time: 01:18
  • Turn left at the end of the road, onto Turlee Leaghur Road for: 0.9 km time: 01:48
  • Turn right onto Arumpo Road. for: 0.01 km time: 00:06
Garnpung Rd & Mungo Station Access Tk to Main Camp (Mungo NP)
Driving: 0.38 km
Heading: 231°
Avg Speed: 14.85 km/hr
EST Time: 01:32
  • Drive west on Arumpo Road. for: 0.2 km time: 00:26
  • Turn left. for: 0.18 km time: 01:07
Distance is based on the travel mode shown (Driving, Straight, Cycling, Walking etc), Direction is straight line from start to end, Avg Speed & EST Time is calculated from GPS data.

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