Lake Mungo, Pooncarie

Lake Mungo is a dry lake located in south-eastern Australia, in the south-western portion of New South Wales. It is about 760 km due west of Sydney and 90 km north-east of Mildura. The lake is the central feature of Mungo National Park, and is one of seventeen lakes in the World Heritage listed Willandra Lakes Region. Many important archaeological findings have been made at the lake, most significantly the discovery of the remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human remains found in Australia, Mungo Woman, the oldest human remains in the world to be ritually cremated and as the location of the Lake Mungo geomagnetic excursion, the first convincing evidence that Geomagnetic excursions are a geomagnetic phenomenon rather than sedimentological.GeologySediments at Lake Mungo have been deposited over more than 120,000 years. On the eastern side of the Mungo lake bed are the "Walls of China," a series of sand dunes, up to 40m in height, that stretch for more than 33 km, where most archaeological material has been found. There are three distinct layers of sands and soil forming the Walls. The oldest is the reddish Gol Gol layer, formed between 100,000 and 120,000 years ago. The middle greyish layer 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.
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  • The area is fascinating to explore. The formations known as the Walls of China are beautiful and strangely shaped. It is well worth paying for the tour from Mungo Lodge which allows you to go into the...  more »
  • On a visit to Mungo National park in a group of 3 adults and 2 kids, we stayed overnight in the Shearers Quarters. Very good facilities, with the rooms holding only beds for sleeping, and the remainde...  more »
  • My favourite place on earth! An archeological paradise.
  • This is one of the most magical places that I have been; and I've been many places. To be in this desert which was once a lake and see the fish bone fossils and the Aboriginal tools that are still to be found. To tour with a very knowledgeable Aboriginal guide and learn about the white and Aboriginal history. To watch the sun set over the lunettes and see the colours change. To watch the wild life. How anyone could say that this place is boring, I simply cannot understand. If you want to stay at the shearers quarters, make sure that you book a few weeks in advance, but the camping is good if you are not that organised or prefer camping. One thing (maybe this has changed now after we complained) online it said that you can't bring in any fresh fruit or vegetables; this is incorrect; you can bring them in if they are bought in local towns. We were cross when we found out that we could have brought in fresh food, as we love our fresh fruit and veg. Camp kitchen is good.

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