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Mungo Outback Journey

Mungo Outback Journey

Mungo Outback Journey

Trip Details:

Operator:   Echidna Walkabout
Price From: 2,400 USD
Ideal Age Range: Suitable for Children (under 15), High School (15 to 18), 19 to 30, 31 to 50, Over 51
Fitness Needs: Light Impact
Program duration: 4 days

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About this program

Venture to the outback of Australia and explore Mungo National Park. The area is extremely valuable to the aboriginal people of Australia, and is home to a variety of landscapes, adventures, wildlife, and culture.  

Over the next 4 days, you’ll embark on an adventure that takes you through the rushing rivers and tranquil lakes, desert dryland, and lush wetlands of the outback. You’ll explore a breathtaking scene where yellow and red sand dunes meet, and ancient dry lakes stretch across the desert floor, giving a home to a variety of birds and wildlife. 

Other exciting highlights include:

  • Exploring Lake Mungo and a number of species of wildlife that gather here.
  • Learn about the 50,000 years of Aboriginal history from an Aboriginal guide who interprets the culture of the region.
  • Drive across Lake Mungo to the lunettes (wind-curved sand dunes)
  • Discover ancient burial sites in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area
  • Pass through 4 separate ecosystems 
  • Enjoy wildlife walks in various settings
  • Visit the junction of two great rivers, the Murray and the Darling.

There are so many thrilling adventures in store for you here. Suitable for all ages, this trip is full of learning, exploring and exciting activities. 

Itinerary

Day 1: Rivers and Lakes of the Outback

This morning, board a short flight to Mildura, on the edge of the Outback. When you arrive, you'll be met by your guide and begin your journey!

You'll first stop at the meeting place of two rivers, the Murray and the Darling. They meet in the Outback, a very significant place to the indigenous peoples of Australia, as well as the non-indigenous. 

After lunch, you'll spend exploring the local region, taking walks in search of wildlife and birds beside the rivers and billabongs. 

Day 2: Lakes of the Desert - Hattah Kulkyne & Lake Mungo National Parks

Today you will get up early and drive south to Hattah-Kulkyne National Park. The reserve stretches 50,000 hectares and is known for its wonderful combination of wetland and dryland, bird life and other wildlife. You'll also witness the stunning landscape where both red and yellow sand dunes meet the forest. Spend this morning exploring, monitoring birds, snakes and lizards.

After lunch, you'll set off north to Lake Mungo, which sits in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. 

Lake Mungo is home to a variety of habitats including dense mallee woodlands, cypress pine woodlands, saltbush, and mulga scrub. The enormous white sand dunes tower over the dry lake beds and in some areas are eroded from the burrowing birds building their nests. 

Walk to a lookout over the dry lakebed for the sunset and a jaw-dropping view. 

Day 3: Magnificent Lake Mungo - Wildlife & Culture on a 50,000 year old journey

Today, be ready for a major highlight! You'll wake before sunrise and head to the shoreline of the dry Lake Mungo. This time of day is wonderful to spot cockatoos, kangaroos, emus and parrots in large numbers. 

Later, you'll drive across the dry bed of Lake Mungo and learn about the 50,000 years of Aboriginal History that starts at the lake bed and rises into the eroded dunes. 

You'll have a chance to learn about the people that lived in this place, see remains of campsites, cooking pits, etc. 

You'll also start the circumnavigation of Lake Mungo. Travelling on foot and by vehicle, you'll discover 4 different ecosystems, from dry lakebeds to sandy bush country. Stop to spot different plants and animals along the way. 

Day 4: Return to Civilization

You have the option of taking a bird walk this morning before breakfast and your final transfer to Mildura Airport. 

 

**Please note prices are subject to change. Published prices are converted from AUD to USD and are subject to currency fluctuation. For accurate pricing, please visit the operator's website.**

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