Mungo National Park NSW

Mungo truly is an ancient landscape. Now a richly coloured desert landscape, tens of thousands of years ago this was a thriving landscape of lakes. It is home to some of the oldest human remains in the world, the 42 000 year old Mungo Man and Mungo Lady who once lived with their families on the shores of the long-vanished lake. Human footprints across twenty-five individual trackways, preserved for the last 20 000 years, provide a tangible connection to an ancient past and an ongoing indigenous presence. Once pastoral land, home to Chinese immigrants and pioneering families, this remarkable area is now a World Heritage area.

A path leads to a lone tree overlooking the dried old lake and blue sky, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

A path leads to a lone tree overlooking the dried old lake and blue sky.

A red dirt road winds across the floor of a lake that's been dry for the last 16 000 years, Mungo National Park, New South WalesOne of the old farm buildings from the pastoral days, rough hewn out of local trees, Mungo National Park, National Park

A red dirt road winds across the floor of a lake that’s been dry for the last 16 000 years; One of the old farm buildings from the pastoral days, rough hewn out of local trees.

An outback-style barrel letterbox for the National Park, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

An outback-style barrel letterbox for the National Park.

A dead tree slowly disintegrates on the red dirt like a skeleton, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

A dead tree slowly disintegrates on the red dirt like a skeleton.

The pink subtle colours and unique shapes of the Walls of China, early on a stormy grey morning, Mungo National Park, New South WalesThe pink subtle colours and unique shapes of the Walls of China, early on a stormy grey morning, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

The pink subtle colours and unique shapes of the Walls of China, early on a stormy grey morning.

Scrubby bushes grow from the Walls of China, pink sand and stone eroded over tens of thousands of years, Mungo National Park, New South WalesThe old Wool Shed and fences, built in 1869 out of locally harvested trees, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

Scrubby bushes grow from the Walls of China, pink sand and stone eroded over tens of thousands of years; The old Wool Shed and fences, built in 1869 out of locally harvested trees.

The ancient eroded dunes of the Walls of China, shaped over time to look like deep cliffs and ravins, which are in reality only a few feet high, Mungo National Park, New South WalesA hawk circles through the blue sky, keeping an eye out for prey in the red dirt below, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

The ancient eroded dunes of the Walls of China, shaped over time to look like deep cliffs and ravins, which are in reality only a few feet high; A hawk circles through the blue sky, keeping an eye out for prey in the red dirt below.

Wildflowers by the side of a desert track over red dunes, Mungo National Park, New South WalesDesert sunsets are always full of colour, the golden sun near the horizon making the red dirt and undergrowth glow golden, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

Wildflowers by the side of a desert track over red dunes; Desert sunsets are always full of colour, the golden sun near the horizon making the red dirt and undergrowth glow golden.

Golden sunset across the desert landscape as the setting sun peeps out from behind the trunk of a tree bathing everything in a golden light, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

Golden sunset across the desert landscape as the setting sun peeps out from behind the trunk of a tree bathing everything in a golden light.

The dry ancient lake, now just flat red dirt, under the purple sky of twilight, Mungo National Park, New South Wales

The dry ancient lake, now just flat red dirt, under the purple sky of twilight.

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