At the signposted trailhead in the Mungo National Park Campground close to the park entry
Trailhead in the Mungo National Park Campground
Mungo National Park is better known for its World Heritage status due to its cultural significance rather than its walking tracks, while there are a few signposted tracks they’re not overly long. The Grasslands Nature Trail is a fairly short trail at 1.3km in length and is designed to provide an educational opportunity to showcase a typical example of park vegetation and the impacts that western farming practices have had on the landscape.
This trail starts in the main campground that you will come across very shortly after entering the park. Depending on how busy it is head around the campground loop and if possible park adjacent to the marked trailhead or close to the central toilet and barbecue facilities which is only a short walk away.
This trail is a loop and can be walked either way and with no advice on the signage we headed in an anti-clockwise direction which meant the signage counted down. The trail tread on this walk is fairly wide and flat being designed to be accessible for wheelchairs. The environment in this park is very dry and arid and while there is some variation throughout the park, this walk provides a good example of typical vegetation. Animal life was very much absent with the main creatures being the odd insects and occasional bird.
The interpretation signs along the way discuss the local vegetation and landscape as well as identifying the impacts of poor farming practices in an area that you would struggle at the best of times to grow or raise anything. This is not the type of landscape you want to be walking in the hotter times of the year or if you are, start your walk early in the morning at first light to avoid the heat.
This walk is never going to make it to any top 10 list but if you are staying at the campground or visiting Mungo, its well worth a visit in addition to viewing the amazing landscape and cultural history given you’ve made the 90 minute drive from Mildura. Make sure you drop in at the visitor centre for more detailed information on what’s available at this amazing park.
Mungo National Park entry
Park information kiosk
Campground entry on the righthand side of the road as you enter the park
One of the campsites
Parked near the central facilities and ready for the walk
Toilet facilities in the centre of the campground
Barbecue facilities in the centre of the campground
Picnic facilities in the centre of the campground
Trailhead on the Grasslands Nature Trail
The loop. If you want to follow the 12 information signs in order, do this loop in a clockwise direction
Insect on the ground
Gill on the Grasslands Nature Trail
A bit of greenery
Back to the trailhead
Back to the car
This short video contains photos and video from our walk to show you the walk from start to finish
Google map from Mildura. The trip from Mildura is 109 km, some of it on dirt road
The road to Mungo National Park
Busy road to Mungo
Kicked up dust. If the vehicles are large you may have to stop until you can see again
This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker