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Lake Mungo

Lake Mungo is a semi-arid area in NSW about 100km from Mildura. When the region was much wetter during the past ice age, the lake was filled by a river. Since then the climate in this region has changed and there has been no water in the lake for thousands of years.

Lake Mungo 40,000 years ago must have been like the Garden of Eden. The Aboriginals living by this lake were among the most sophisticated people in the world. Their burials of Mungo Lady and Mungo Man show spiritual beliefs not found anywhere else for this period.

Over the past 50,000 years the waste of the Aboriginals living along the shore of the lake has been progressively covered by clay and sand into strata. Now the dunes are eroding and slowly some of the amazing artefacts and graves are being exposed.  The largest collection of ancient footprints have been uncovered that include a very tall man and children. These footprints have been replicated at the Lake Mungo visitor centre.

Lake Mungo is as important an archaeological site as any other site is in the world. It may still have many secrets and surprises for us. The site has already challenged our previous understanding about how long Aboriginals have been in southern Australia and their level of their sophistication. The local Indigenous people still care for country and hold deep spiritual connections with their past.

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First class accommodation First class accommodation First class accommodation First class accommodation Aboriginal remains of a camp fire
Aboriginal remains of a rock tool
Aboriginal remains of a shellfish Angry sunset Angry sunset Ant
Beetle Another Beetle Dunes Dunes Feral goats
Just about there Red kangaroo Red kangaroo Western grey kangaroo Looking over Lake Mungo
Mallee Oasis Oasis Sand dune Scorpion
Shearing sheds Shearing sheds Shearing sheds Shearing sheds Shearing sheds
Shearing sheds Spider Another Spider Stumpy tail lizard Variegated gecko
Visitor centre and reproduced ancient footprints Walls of China sunrise Walls of China sunrise Walls of China sunrise Walls of China sunrise
Walls of China sunrise Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset
Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset Walls of China sunset
Wedgetail eagle and lunch Wedgetail eagle and lunch Cockroach Cricket Earwig
Fly attractor Midges Moth Pie dish beetle (Possible) damselfly
(Possible) lacewing (Possible) Longicorn beetle Redback spider Scarab beetle Wasp
   
Wolf spider