• Distance 2.6km
  • Altitude max 225m
  • Altitude min 208m
  • Duration 1 hours
  • Trail type Return
Five Stars

Five Stars

Not to be missed, add this to your bucket list

The Australian Hiker Experience Rating is a measure of the overall quality of a walk. It is intended to help you decide whether to walk a trail, not to measure anything objective. Consider this our personal take on the walk.

Grade Four

Grade Four

Bushwalking experience recommended. Tracks may be long, rough and very steep. Directional signage may be limited.

The Australian Hiker Difficulty Grading System is based on the australian standard for measuring trail hikes.

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Thaaklatjika Mingkana Walking Track NSW (2.6km)

Mutawintji National Park

Nearest Town

Broken Hill, NSW

Best Time of the Year to Travel

April-October

Starting Location

At the northern of the Homestead Creek Campground. If you are visiting for the day then you can start this walk in the ‘day use’ car park and you’ll save yourself around 1km in distance

Finish Location

Homestead Creek Campground, Mutawintji National Park

Thaaklatjika Mingkana Walking Track Review

Mutawintji National Park, in many respects is unique. The park has three seperate walking ‘zones’ which includes the standalone Western Ridge Walking Track and the Mutawintji Gorge Walking Track. However the main walking area is the large loop located immediately adjacent to the day use area and a short walk from the campground. This loop contains a series of standalone walks that be be done separately or combined in a way that provides a choose your own adventure option. What’s unique about Mutawintji is that each of these seperate walks isn’t just a repeat of another nearby one as is the case in many parks we have visited but has its own special character.

The out and back Thaaklatjika Mingkana Walking Track is the shortest of all the walks at around 2.6 km if started from the campground or around 1km shorter if you start from the day use area. This walk can be done as a standalone walk and while not an overly long, will suit many non hikers with the reward being a designated rock art gallery at the mid point. The other bonus of this walk is that its wheelchair friendly, the only one in this park.

The trailhead is at the northern end of the campground – as you enter the facility turn left and follow the loop road about 120 metres till is starts looping around and the signage is visible just off to the left. This first section of the walk parallels the adjacent river bed which is often dry and once you reach the day-use car park turn to the right and follow the signage past the picnic area. From here you are walking into the gorge system and the environment changes form this dry arid landscape to something that is far more lush and temperate. Up until the formal start of this track you are on a natural formed trail but once you reach the formal trailhead you are on paved path, although it’s starting to show it’s age.

Apart from the trailhead signs there are small interpretive signs every so often that highlight the rural past of this area and talk about the local landscape including different tree types. The signage while interesting is getting a bit worn and as you will see in the images below, can be a bit hard to read. As you make your way along the trail your destination is an Aboriginal rock art gallery that has a metal viewing platform and interpretation signage explaining what’s there. This platform is as far as wheelchairs have access.

Once you have spent some time looking at the rock art and reading the interpretation signage turn around and head back the way you came to the trailhead. All up this walk will take just under hour from start to finish.

The trailhead is through the fence at the northern end of the car park

Trailhead signage

Thaaklatjika Mingkana Walking Track trailhead signage. Our GPS measured this track as a bit longer than the signage states as we started from the campground rather than the day use area

Directional marker near the trail start

Flood damage to the day use parking area

Start of the trail from the day use picnic area

Large remnant Eucalyptus near just near the trailhead

Interpretation signage along the way talking about vegetation and farming practices

Shade along the gullies is very different to the sparse sunny plains

Approaching the rock art gallery

Rock art gallery

Rock art example at the gallery

A marker as opposed to rock art at the rock art gallery

Clever Man stick – see the interpretation signage below

Interpretation signage

Native solanum

Back to the day use picnic area

Oh so pretty

Heading back to the trail head with dry river on the left

Trail finish inside the campground

Trail Videos

This short video contains photos and video from our walk to show you the walk from start to finish

Getting There

Google map from Broken Hill. The trip from Broken Hill is 130 km, much of it on dirt road

Entering Mutawintji National Park

Information Centre. This kiosk is un-personed

Information centre view

Barbecue at the information centre

Things to Know

  • Phone: There is no phone signal on this track
  • Water: You need to bring your own water although there are some small water holes that you can you if you have a filter
  • Toilets: There are toilets located in the campground near the trailhead
  • Trail: This trail consists of formed track although you will cross over the dry river bed from time to time
  • Dogs: No dogs allowed
  • Other: 
    • This walk is an ‘out and back’ walk
    • Avoid the summer months – it is very, very hot at that time

Toilet and shower facilities at Homestead Creek Campground

Homestead Creek Campground information kiosk

Disclaimer

This walk was undertaken by the team from Australian Hiker

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