A great place to stay
Mungo Lodge is a great place to stay if you're ever visiting Lake Mungo and exploring the national park. We used their campground and facilities, enjoyed the restaurant, had great chats with the managers and even took a sunset tour of the Walls of China.
The Walls of China, located on the southeastern edge of the Lake Mungo lunette, has eroded over thousands of years to leave behind impressive sand sculptures and gullies.
Being out in the middle of the desert it was almost imperative to conduct some astrophotography. So, at 2:30am in freezing conditions, we got up and took a number of shots while also watching a meteor shower. Amazing!
Lake Mungo is well-known for the discovery of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man - the first time human remains in Australia were dated to over 40,000 years old. This landscape is extremely rich in cultural history with the oldest stone artefacts dated to 45,000 - that's 2000 generations of First People living in this unique location.
We headed out with our own personal guide, close friend Cassie Leatham from Wild Blak Arts. Cassie has visited and explored Lake Mungo National Park a few times in the past and took us to some of her favourite spots. We found lots of artefacts - both Aboriginal and European, and her humpy was still standing after 12 months.
Shearing shed ruins
Despite how dry, remote and desolate looking Mungo is, it was a highly productive Merino sheep station in the early days of European settlement, shearing about 50,000 sheep a season. The old Mungo Woolshed and the ruins of Zanci Station are now setup for tourists to help them understand the pastoral history of the area that dates back to the establishment of Gol Gol Station in 1860.