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Two unforgettable ways to experience an outback adventure at Mungo National Park

Seeking an Aussie outback adventure with a difference? The lunar landscape of Mungo National Park in New South Wales, Australia, is so massive and starkly beautiful that the possibilities are endless. There’s just one question you need to answer: which is the best way to get out there and explore?

Discover Australia’s best kept secret
More than 800km west of Sydney, Mungo National Park is the very picture of an outback adventure. The lake doesn’t actually contain any water – it’s the drained basin of an enormous ancient lake with a dune shaped like a crescent moon. The result is a stark red landscape that looks like the surface of Mars.

The best way to get to Mungo is from the border town of Mildura on the edge of Victoria and New South Wales. From here, it’s just a short flight or drive to the national park.

Explore Mungo, the easy way
The good news is Mungo Lodge offers two incredible 4-star packages designed to make it easy to discover Australia’s best-kept secret. Complete with transport, deluxe accommodation and tours, both three-day packages start and finish in Mildura, and they work out much cheaper than hiring a car yourself! So you can simply sit back and enjoy the Aussie outback adventure of a lifetime.

So, which will you choose? Take a look at the details:

Fly In, Fly Out 

Day 1
Your adventure starts the moment we pick you up from Mildura airport or your motel. We give you a tour of the quaint border town where you can discover the history of Mildura, call in at museums and galleries, and step aboard historic paddle steamers at Mildura Wharf.

Next stop: Mungo Lodge. The flight is short, only 30 minutes, but this is your chance to see the ancient landscape from the air so be sure to savour every moment! Tonight you’ll stay in one of our deluxe cabins, right on the doorstep of the park.

Day 2
Welcome to the heart of Australia’s ancient landscape. Join your indigenous guide for a tour of Mungo National Park and learn about Aboriginal culture, native wildlife and the fascinating history of the park.

The remote, magnificent landscape makes it easy to imagine the dawn of human life on earth. After all, this is where important archaeological treasures are uncovered. In 1969, Dr. Jim Bowler found the remains of Mungo Lady, one of the world’s oldest-known ritually cremated burials. Mungo Man was discovered soon after, becoming the oldest human skeleton found in Australia.

There’s so much to experience at Mungo, why not hire one of our minivans and explore at your own speed?

Later, take some time out to kick back in the luxury of your cabin and enjoy sweeping, uninterrupted views of this uniquely striking landscape.

Day 3
With your memory bank filled with incredible stories and experiences, it’s time to fly back to Mildura. We’ll drop you off at the airport or motel, depending on your needs.

Need to know: Tours operate year round (subject to availability) for $750 per person, minimum two people.

Drive In and Drive Out


Day 1
We’ll pick you up from Mildura airport or your motel. But before we leave, we’ll show you the best of this 19th-century town, from the origins of the Mildura Homestead and stories of the early pioneers to the delicious cafes, restaurants and bars on “Feast Street”.

Then, let us take the wheel as you sit back and take in the incredible views from our air-conditioned 4WD. The drive to Mungo is around 1.5 hours, so you have heaps of time to take in the landscape of ancient dried-up lakebeds and sand dunes. Expect to see mobs of kangaroos and emus, but you’ll need to be quick to get a picture because emus can run up to 50 km per hour!

We’ll take you to your deluxe cabin where you can relax on your private deck, under the stars of the Southern Cross. Or why not join locals and other travellers at the main lodge to share stories around the fireplace.

Day 2
Time to walk in ancient footprints! Join our tour of Mungo National Park with an accredited indigenous guide. Our experienced guides are from one of the three tribal groups of the Willandra Lakes region, so it’s sure to be a real eye-opener.

Then, what better way to end your day than on the deck, sipping an icy drink while enjoying majestic views beneath the stars. It doesn’t get more “Aussie outback” than this!

Day 3
Time to head back to Mildura. We’ll drive you to the airport or your motel. No doubt about it, this is one adventure you’ll never forget.

Need to know: Tours operate year round (subject to availability) for $490 per person, minimum two people.