Moonscape At  Mungo National Park by Ronald Rockman

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It was over 40 degrees at 7am when we started driving around the National Park., so beautiful to be there, hundreds of kangaroo’s lying under the saltbush shrubs, emu’s eveywhere and other wildlife.We drove on red powdered earth for over an hour to get there, what a trip.

Mungo National Park is a part of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, a chain of dried-out lakes that were once strung between Willandra Creek and the main channel of the Lachlan River in Outback NSW.

Lake Mungo dried up around 14,000 years ago, and today a great crescent-shaped dune, called the Walls of China, stretches along the eastern shore of the lakebed. These dunes, of mud and sand, are continually eroding by wind and water. Left behind is a fragile landscape of crinkled, fluted outcrops and

shifting sand, which changes colour from a daytime khaki to the vibrant yellows, oranges, and deep wine reds of sun set.

It was at Mungo, in the drought-affected summer of 1969, that a young scientist stumbled across the remains of a cremated skeleton of a human, later to be known as Mungo Woman. Six years later, he found Mungo Man, buried in a pit strewn with ochre.

Carbon dating showed that Mungo woman was at least 26,000 years old, and that Mungo Man lived some 62,000 years ago. The discovery threatened to rewrite the history of human occupation in Australia, and had profound implications for the origins of modern man. More recently, the scientific consensus is that both skeletons are around 40,000 years old.

Stone flake tools are scattered across the landscape, and peeking out of the mud are ancient wombat holes, fossilised chunks of Eucalyptus trees, and the bones of long-dead marsupials, including extinct buffalo-sized wombats and giant kangaroos.


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Published in Leica Fotographic Magazine and 3 times in Australian Traveller Magazine.

Finalist in the 2011 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competitions and have won many awards for my images.

A winner in the 2012 Australia Day Council of NSW “Living Australia” photographic competition.

An Australia Post Postage Stamp made of my winning photograph in 2012

Exhibited at The Maritime Museum in Sydney and The Melbourne Exhibition Centre.

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  • Adam Godman
    Adam Godmanalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot, i had no idea about the Mungo Man

  • Interesting huh Adam
    Thanks for the comment

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Maximus
    Maximusalmost 6 years ago

    I have not been there YET, gorgeous image. :)

  • Go now !!

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Yool
    Yoolalmost 6 years ago

    This is stunning and love the history !!!!

  • Thanks Yool, amazing place to go to in the wilderness outback of NSW

    – Ronald Rockman

  • – Ronald Rockman

  • Natalie Broome
    Natalie Broomealmost 6 years ago

    fantastic capture Ronald!

  • Thanks Nat, loved being there

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Marcia Luly
    Marcia Lulyalmost 6 years ago

    Nice capture of the solitude and vastness that is Mungo!

  • Mungo Rocks !!
    Thanks Lulybelle

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Thanks Lulybelle, have you been after all it’s only a hop skip and jump from Benders

    – Ronald Rockman

  • robpixaday
    robpixadayalmost 6 years ago

    Goodness…….it’s jaw-droppingly amazing.
    You captured most of the world there, it looks like— it goes on forever…….

  • Thanks for the desciptive comment Rob, yes an amazing awesome place to have travelled to

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Marcia Luly
    Marcia Lulyalmost 6 years ago

    Hi Rock…Yes i’ve been to Mungo and loved it…want to go again!

  • So do I Marcia, so do I

    – Ronald Rockman

  • Of Land & Ocean - Samantha Goode
    Of Land & Ocea...over 5 years ago

    Superb photograph Ronald.

  • Hi Samantha, how about a BIG belated thanks for your comment.

    – Ronald Rockman

  • – Ronald Rockman

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