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Mungo Run – Day 3 – Ivanhoe to Mungo NP

After a snugly night under the doona we woke to a cool 16 feels like 13 Christmas morning in Ivanhoe. The caravan park sits behind the corner store/petrol station and we were in need of fuel so we had a sleep in as fuel wasn’t opening until 9am. We called home and spoke to our folks for Christmas Day before making tracks for Mungo NP.

Merry Christmas from Charlie, Leeroy, Tash and I

Can you spot the emu’s! Darn things were happily drinking away as we drove on past but oh no get out and walk towards them with a camera and off they run! I guess at least Im heading towards my 10,000 steps 😔

It didn’t take long before we hit the dry weather only signs and the red dirt roads. These are the roads we’ll travel for the next few days at least. It’s only about 200km but I was allowing anywhere from 4 to 6hrs as road conditions can vary significantly out here.

Cute little shingleback didn’t run away from me!

Lots of little king billies about. We even went thru and experimental area where they are using goats to eradicate noxious weeds. Interesting as they are still seen as pests in most outback areas.

Mungo National Park

At the entry to the Park, yay we finally made it! The boys are pretty darn dirty. Surprisingly after the rains they were in really condition and we made good time to the park.

Traditional welcome to country boards greet you at the entries to the park. The park is managed by the three surrounding tribes in partnership with National Parks. The boards are greetings in the three tribal languages.

The land was simmering from the heat, and i couldn’t seem to capture it very well. This is shot looking back from where we’ve come at the northern entry to the park.

We followed the Ivanhoe/Menindee Rd and weaved our way into the parks arriving at about 2ish approximately 4 hours later which was pretty good timing with a few camera stops and a snack break along the way.

Sand dunes on the horizon

Lake Mungo

Once we were all settled into camp we wandered through camp to the lookout track.

From the lookout looking out over an empty Lake Mungo. The trail/track heads to the visitor centre appropriately 2 km walk.

There aren’t many places in the park where the White Walls of China can’t be see traversing the eastern side of the park.

An old boundary/ rabbit proof fence line

The washout.

Looking south over the Lake.

The obligatory selfie 🤳

Main Camp

Early Christmas dinner, well earlish anyways when sunset is 8.30pm, so we could hunt out a sunset location.

Sunset was a bit of a fizzer both colour and location, but there was plenty of wildlife to take in.

Southern sky from the campground. You can see the southern cross just to the left of the tree on the right hand side.

Star trails of the southern sky. I saw 3 shooting stars this night and not a single one was to the south.

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