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February 25, 2013

Mungo Lodge – Mungo National Park

Set amongst arguably the most significant archaeological site in Australia, in the hauntingly beautiful Mungo National Park, Mungo Lodge is an environmentally sensitive retreat owned and operated by Indigenous Business Australia (IBA). Undergoing a major redevelopment in recent times, the lodge has been thoughtfully designed to integrate with its World Heritage listed surrounds, without compromising on its creature comforts.

Contrarily, the recent refurbish by IBA (who took over the Mungo Lodge in 2003) has lifted this desert haven to four star resort status. Within, one can find two hearty, crackling hearths, a library, and a well stocked bar. There’s also a large outdoor deck which invites visitors for one of the most vast and scintillating star gazing experiences in the world.

Mungo National Park

In all, Mungo Lodge houses seventeen guest rooms in nine fully renovated cabins, which provide optimal views of the striking Mungo National Park. Within, guests can find artwork by local Indigenous artists, local sandstone fittings within each room, and eco-friendly shower heads. Running off a streamlined generator, the resort requests visitors limit their appliance usage during their stay.

Mungo Lodge also houses a gift shop, however, unlike many of its kind, this one contains local indigenous artwork, artifacts, and detailed information on Mungo National Park for the adventurous and discerning hiker. There’s also a range of lemon myrtle skin products, and a collection of Australian metal work, which includes jewellery from Silver City Mint.

The lodge, which has been certified with an Australian Eco Tourism Certificate, has no mobile phone coverage and provides no petrol. There’s also no petrol within the national park, so guests are asked to bring their own. Pets aren’t allowed at the lodge and it’s recommended visitors bring warm clothing (as the nights can get very cold), a wide-brimmed hat and sunscreen.

Exploring Mungo National Park

The park has special significance to Aboriginal elders, the caretakers of the land. In case you’re not aware, Mungo National Park contained the remains of “Mungo Man and Mungo Woman”, who were carbon dated to over 40,000 years old. This makes the park the “oldest known site of human occupation in the Southern Hemisphere”.

Adventurous hikers can explore the striking rock formations within the park, along with an astonishing 33 kilometres of sand dunes and lunettes, formed by the wild sandstorms of this unrelenting part of the country. Here one can also find ancient artifacts, hardy plant life, and some of the most breathtaking skies you’ll find anywhere.

For more information on the lodge and Mungo National Park, take a look at the Mungo Lodge website.

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