The Road Ahead : April May 2007
APR/MAY 07 33 disabilities), as well as a 70 km, self-drive tour (with remnants of early European settlement), guided tours and camping at one of two nearby campsites available. Graham Clarke, a Barkinji tribal member and one of the traditional landowners and caretakers of Mungo, as well as the local Harry Nanya Tours' operator and guide, revealed the eerie beauty of this surreal, surprisingly fenceless (it's naturally managed), wind and rain-carved landscape. Receiving less than 250 mm of rain a year and reaching up to 50oC in summer, Mungo's fine layers of sediment have been endlessly shifted and re-deposited as dramatically shaped pinnacles and lunettes. What strikes most is the imminent spiritual presence of the past. Graham explained the discovery of well-preserved burial sites and demonstrated evidence of middens (Aboriginal campfires), cooking hearths and 'snack fires'. Something of a weather gauge, the area is littered with fragments, including mussel shells, fish bones, animal skeletons and calcified trees "where something is always appearing and disappearing." Yet the most prominent eroded effect is something called The Walls of China. Known as a lunette, the walls stretch for approximately 33 m along the eastern shore of Lake Mungo. "... in the middle of this semi-arid zone, was a site of archaeological significance, a natural and cultural phenomenon, Mungo National Park."
June July 2007