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The Valley of Lunettes

The Valley of Lunettes

Even after the sun set, it’s rays far in the distance keep providing a gentle glow over the Outback of New South Wales and the lunettes of Mungo National Park. Following an 11 hour drive that began well before dawn, I ended the day exploring the lunettes of Mungo’s Red Top area.

Red Top provides the visitor with a great view from above of the haunting and fragile lunettes. These lunettes are formed from the wind and rain that pelts this area of the Outback, and creates these unique formations at what is called “The Walls of China.” This was the last shot I got that day, as the light became too weak and the sky too boring shortly after this image was captured. Ending the day in this shallow valley of lunettes was a great way to conclude the evening.

Mungo National Park is a place I have wanted to visit since moving to Australia. It is in the Outback of New South Wales, about 1,000km southwest of Sydney. It is remote, and only approachable on dirt roads that are closed after heavy rain. The national park is part of the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Willandra Lakes Region, an area of 2,400 square kilometers 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.

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