Travelling Australia - Journal 2009
21 April 2009 - Lake Mungo
We had bought breakfast and lunch with us using the car fridge so we had our light breakfast in the room.

I spent the morning completing an early part of the 70 kilometres Self-Guided Tour of Mungo National Park. There were many interesting things to see and I had completed less than a quarter of the tour before returning to the unit for lunch. Except for a few kilometres from the entrance to the Visitor Centre all road in the park are gravel, mostly with corrugated surfaces. While crossing the lake bed in the morning the top of the UHF aerial on the Pathfinder bull-bar separated from the base and went flying off in an unknown direction. I thought it had been broken by shaking over corrugations but I later discovered that it had unscrewed; most of the base was also partly unscrewed and I tightened it.

The shaking had another result. After lunch I continued the self-guided tour, stopping at Rosewood Rest to take photographs. When I attempted to start the Pathfinder the electrical system was completely dead after the battery terminal had been loosened by vibration. But the nut did not look loose and it took some time to troubleshoot and repair before I could continue. I returned to the unit having completed about half of the tour.
Red Kangaroo Red Kangaroo drinking at a tank dug when the national park was a pastoral lease.

Walls of China The Walls of China, extending along the western side of the lake bed, contain many separate eroding sections such as this.

We had dinner again in the dining room, a good meal, well presented by the French staff. The Lodge has 16 units and a family unit, there were 19 people eating while we were there.

So far today I had begun to get the idea that the Lake Mungo National Park has several distinct facets. The obvious one is the lake itself and the lunette which has eroded forming the Walls of China. Then there is a variety of different environments around the park clearly defined by the plant species growing there and by the animals living among the plants.