Mungo Lake

Clive

Joined June 2008

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Mungo Lake is situated in the Mungo National Park in western New South Wales, Australia. The Park covers much of an ancient dry lake bed. During the last ice age Lake Mungo was one of a chain of fresh water lakes strung along Willandra Creek, then a main channel of the Lauchlan River. These dry lake beds contain the longest cotinual record of aboriginal life in Australia, dating from approximately 40,000 years ago to the present day.

Mungo National Park has World Heritage listing.

When the lakes were full, aboriginal people camped, fished and hunted alongs it’s shores.

The lunette (or ‘walls’) contain extremely well preserved campfires, cooking hearths and burials. The oldest recorded cremation in the world has been found at Mungo.

When the lakes dried up around 17,000 to 18,000 years ago, aboriginal people continued to live near soaks along the old river channel. Today aboriginal people with traditional links to the World Heritage area are actively involved in Park management.

It is essential if you visit the Mungo National Park to ensure that you are self sufficient, carrying sufficient food, drinking water, spare tyre, a full tank of fuel, etc.

Photo taken using an Olympus E520 DSLR camera



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