Australia - Jeff Henry Photography
Powered by SmugMug Log In
Sunset at Mungo National Park

Sunset at Mungo National Park

The Walls of China is the main attraction for Mungo National Park in southwest New South Wales, about 1,000km from Sydney. This is a place I have wanted to visit for years, after seeing some stunning images of the Walls.

It takes a little imagination, but once you’ve got that it’s easy to see how the Chinese immigrants in the area named the lunettes and sand dunes that have formed on the eastern edge of the dry lake bed. During the day, from a distance, with heat waves rising from the ground, the sand dunes and rock formations look like the Great Wall of China does from a distance. It’s really incredible. Once you get closer, you see the intricate patters formed in the rocks from thousands of years of wind and rain.

This specific view caught my attention as it looked almost like a brain sitting in the Outback. The smooth curves and folds of the landscape resembling brain matter. The sunset this evening helped accentuate the otherworldness of this area.

The national park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Willandra Lakes Region, an area of 2,400 square kilometres (930 sq mi) that incorporates seventeen dry lakes. The remains of Mungo Man, the oldest human remains discovered in Australia, and Mungo Lady, the oldest known human to have been ritually cremated, were both discovered within the park. They were buried on the shore of Lake Mungo, beneath the 'Walls of China', a series of lunettes on the South eastern edge of the lake.

Capture OneMungo National Park