Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track Trail Hiking Australia
  • Length: 0.8km

  • Duration: 45mins

  • Grade: 2

  • Style: Return

  • Start: Homestead Gorge Rd, Mutawintji

  • End: Homestead Gorge Rd, Mutawintji

  • Location: Mutawintji National Park

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  • Distance from CBD: 1,270 km

  • State: NSW

  • Latitude: -31.27609623

  • Longitude: 142.3036435

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Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track is a 0.8km, grade 2 return hike, located in the Mutawintji National Park, New South Wales. The hike should take approximately 45mins to complete.

Hike Summary

An oasis in the desert, Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track offers an accessible outback experience for everyone. This short walk takes you through the ancient lands of the Malyankapa and Pandjikali people in far western NSW.
At the Thaaklatjika overhang, also known as Wrights Cave, you'll see an array of Aboriginal paintings, stencils and engravings, if you're interested to learn more, try the Historic Site tours. From rock art kangaroos and emus, gaze across the wooded grasslands for a chance to spot the real thing.
Meandering the easy track through the Mutawintji gorges, take in the spectacular rich red sandstone cliffs of the Bynguano Ranges. Pause for a moment in the shade of the massive river red gums lining the picturesque creek. This is a real birdwatchers delight, so keep an eye out for the distinct zebra finches, short-billed correllas and budgerigars.

About the region

The ancient landscape of Mutawintji National Park, north east of Broken Hill, is rich in Aboriginal history. Explore bushwalks and camp under the outback night sky. Visiting Mutawintji National Park in the NSW outback is a uniquely Australian experience. You’ll find a ruggedly beautiful desert region showing evidence of continuous use by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. Dominated by the Bynguano Ranges, whose vibrant red colour dramatically captures changes in the light, this outback park is home to the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities as well as many other important cultural and historic sites.

Getting there

On entering Mutawintji National Park, drive past the visitor centre, take the road to Homestead Creek campground and follow the signs to Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track. Road quality Check the weather before you set out as the road to Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track can become boggy when it rains. Parking Parking is available at Thaaklatjika Mingkana walking track.


In wet weather, access within the park maybe closed, and the public roads are susceptible to weather closures. Please check with the park office before you head out.
Outback NSW can be very hot in summer. If travelling at this time, please be well-prepared for the extreme conditions.
Historic Site tours are conducted through Mutawintji Eco Tours (Tri-State Safari) either from Broken Hill or from Mutawintji National Park. Be sure to visit the website for detailed information on booking a tour of the Mutawintji Historic site.
Remember to take your binoculars if you want to bird watch

Visit NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service for more information on this trail.

The longitude and latitude of the start and end points are approximately only and should not be used for navigation purposes. Please contact me if you know the correct coordinates.

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