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Mungo National Park
Posted January 7th, 2013 - 12:48 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Hello!

Is there anyone out there keen to see the Mungo National Park?
It's a quite remote, world heritage listed park about 700km to the north from Melbourne and is only accessible by car, and it has a quite awesome scenery, including the so-called walls of china.

The downside is that you can't hire a car for going there because the park itself only has unsealed roads, and you probably can't disguise that you went through the desert for two days once you return it, so we'd have to go there in one's own car, which I don't have.
I'd be flexible with the times at least the whole next week, and probably four days in total would be good!

Posted January 7th, 2013 - 2:35 pm by from Paris, France (Permalink)
Hi,

I would really see that park too! I don't have a car, but is that really sure that it's not possible to go there with a rental car?
I'm in Melbourne until 20 January. How many days do you think it would take to do that trip?

François

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 1:51 pm by from Sonderborg, Denmark (Permalink)
Hello Michael!
Your idea is sound very good!! :) The only problem is that I don't have a car too, I have a international drive licence for rent a car but if you say that we can't rent one is a bit useless!

Anyway at the moment I am working, I am doing a internship but I can take some days off. When would you like to go? and how many days?
Are you also plan to coming back to Melbourne after the trip?

Sorry for so many question!
Best regards,
Federica

Posted January 8th, 2013 - 9:16 pm by from London, England (Permalink)
It looks amazing! how com I have never heard of this place :)

it says a 10 hour drive!

I would be keen to see it

Posted January 9th, 2013 - 2:13 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Awesome!;)

Yeah it's quite a drive there, but I think there is not really a bigger city the park is closer to...

I think 4 days or at least 3 full days would be good, considering that it will take us almost two days of getting there and away. There are two campsites in the park

http://www.visitmungo.com.au/images/photos/mungo-park-map-01.jpg

and the visitor centre even boasts a hot shower.

Most of it is accessible either by the track or short walks.

One member who was there the other day said it'd get quite hot there at this time.

As I said, hiring a car is not an option, as all of them forbid to go on unsealed roads. While this might not be a problem for a couple of kilometres, it probably is one if you go through red dust for a distance like this, as you won't be able to clean it and they will easily be able to find out.



Posted January 10th, 2013 - 4:28 am from Strasbourg, France
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Posted January 10th, 2013 - 4:31 am from Strasbourg, France
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Posted January 10th, 2013 - 1:15 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Hey Marie, thanks for your interest! ;)
a 4WD might be an option, I'll check some companies, I'm happy for help, and still anyone owning a car (and of course anyone else;) ) is more than welcome to join.
I'd definetely sleep in tents and cook our own food!

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 2:11 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted January 11th, 2013 - 5:20 am by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Thanks Markie!
So in your opinion a 4WD is unavoidable? Wouldn't it be enough to let the people at the information centre know about your plans?

From the parks' website (11/01):

All tracks and trails are closed for walking, horse riding and cycling from Friday 11 to Monday 14 January 2013.

Total fire bans are imposed on days of extreme fire danger. This is determined by weather information and the dryness of the vegetation (the drought factor).

Total fire bans are issued in the afternoon and come into effect from midnight of that day. They operate for 24 hours. A total fire ban may be declared for particular weather districts, or may apply across the State.

During a total fire ban, you may still be able to use an electric or gas barbecue in your backyard (check the NSW Rural Fire Service websiteexternal link for more details). However, no fires may be lit in national parks and reserves. This includes:

fires in designated fireplaces
incinerators and barbeques which use solid fuel such as wood or charcoal
stoves which use gas or liquid fuels (such as petrol, shellite or methylated spirits).

Posted January 11th, 2013 - 8:21 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted January 14th, 2013 - 11:03 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hi guys. Is this trip happening? Sounds really good.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 11:06 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Of course I'm up for it, but apart from that it got quite quiet as you can see;) Considering that renting a 4wd is quite expensive, we would have to be 4 people I think.

Posted January 14th, 2013 - 11:16 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
I would love to go! Depending of the price maybe? But i'm working all week days so it might be hard for me to get more than one day off... It might be an option to do the trip over the public holiday coming up next weekend?

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 1:06 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Of course I'd be up for it, but I don't know yet whether I'll still be in Melbourne by then, and there are not many others cheering at this idea... ;) woikd you have a car or could you borrow one?

Posted January 15th, 2013 - 10:11 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Nope, no car unfortunately....

Posted January 17th, 2013 - 10:20 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted January 17th, 2013 - 10:30 am from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted January 17th, 2013 - 12:08 pm from Strasbourg, France
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Posted January 17th, 2013 - 10:52 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Sounds really good! Can do both weekends as well :-)

Posted February 26th, 2013 - 7:57 pm from Melbourne, Australia
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Posted February 27th, 2013 - 7:19 am from Strasbourg, France
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Posted March 6th, 2013 - 12:35 pm by from Ramat Ha Sharon, Israel (Permalink)
I might be interested. I am looking at an option to go to NZ for easter.
If NZ turns out to be too expensive, I'm definately in! I have my sleeping bag, but not a mattress or a tent.
email: omsapir@gmail.com
phone: 0413825067

I'll check here to see more updates.

Posted March 16th, 2013 - 7:28 am by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
Hi!

I just read about this. Is it still happening? I would love to tag along. Have been wanting to go to Mungo for ages. I'm over 25 and have a drivers licence and am more than happy to drive. Is there room for one more person? Let me know.

It sounds like such a fantastic trip.
Sabrina

Posted January 17th, 2013 - 11:36 am from Strasbourg, France
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Posted January 17th, 2013 - 12:11 pm by from Melbourne, Australia (Permalink)
This sounds good! I prefer March 8-11 cause the weather would be neither too hot nor too cold. Anyway, I am totally in!

Posted January 17th, 2013 - 1:42 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Is it really that cheap to rent a 4wd? Depends on if there's someone over 25 with a license participating;) for ne these days won't work, I will leave Melbourne in ten days or so and wanted to go there before that.

Posted March 5th, 2013 - 4:22 am from Cobram, Australia
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Posted March 5th, 2013 - 7:16 am from Melbourne, Australia
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