Lake Mungo is one of 17 dried lake beds within the World Heritagelisted Willandra Lakes Region. About 50,000 years ago, it held a vast amount of water but has long since fossilised, leaving eroding sand dunes to reveal evidence of an area once thriving with prehistoric life; it was here in the layers of sediment that the seminal Mungo Man and Mungo Lady discoveries were made.
Walls of China
Arcing around the eastern edge of the lake, the Walls of China is Mungo’s star attraction. A low curve of sandy hills, or lunette, whose wrinkled clay pinnacles rise up out of the earth like strange bonsai mountains, this hypnotic outback landscape has been sculpted by millennia of sandsoaked winds. Stroll the boardwalk or go further with an NPWS Aboriginal ranger.
Built in using an ingenious droplog cypress pine construction, this historic woolshed harks back to when Gol Gol pastoral station brought thousands of sheep to the region. The farming activity on this dramatic but delicate landscape revealed the secrets of the ancient lake bed.
1869 Red Top Lookout
Head to Red Top Lookout in time for sunset for unparalleled views over the remarkable Mungo landscape as the fading light renders its tapestry of deep ravines, patterns and textures all shades and colours, and the sky – with its huge moon rising – turns practically psychedelic.