Ever heard of the Mungo National Park? No? I guessed so! I visited Sydney in Australia during the International Fertilizer Association‘s annual conference and took a few days off after the event. This was my first trip down under and I wanted to make the most of it. I rented a car at the airport and headed out into the wilderness for four days. This article is a summary of what I did, and as I publish later articles I will link them back here.

Flying to Sydney

I’ve flown quite a lot in my short life but nothing could prepare me for this. The flight took more than a day with a 4-hour layover in Singapore and I was absolutely exhausted when we arrived. Problem is, the conference started five hours after touchdown! So instead of sleeping I went for a nice long walk early in the morning and then headed to the conference.

Bondi Beach Near Sydney, Australia

Bondi Beach Near Sydney, Australia

The Sydney Opera House

The Sydney Opera House

In the evenings I managed to go for long walks around the city and discover quite a lot of it. The conference was only three days long and I decided to drive to the countryside afterwards.

The Sydney Business District

The Sydney Business District

The Skyline of Sydney in Australia

The Skyline of Sydney in Australia

The Bayside Walk

The Bayside Walk

The highrise office blocks

The highrise office blocks

The old town in Sydney

The old town in Sydney

The rental car in Sydney

The rental car in Sydney

Royal National Park

My first stop after Sydney was the Royal National Park. The beach was amazing and the sand and cliffs just breathtaking. I didn’t spend much time here but the images below speak for themselves.

My rental car

My rental car

Royal National Park, Australia

Royal National Park, Australia

Wollongong and Sutton Forest

By the time I left Royal National Park it was dark so I put the pedal to the metal. As I was driving across the mountains I was getting more and more sleepy so I pulled over and had a short nap. In fact, I spent all three nights in the car! After about an hour’s sleep I drove on to Sutton Forest where I had a terrible dinner at a diner. About an hour later I had to stop again in a layover to sleep as I was exhausted.

The first morning

The first morning

Driving Up North to Sutton Forest

Driving Up North to Sutton Forest

The Road from Wagga Wagga

The Road from Wagga Wagga

Breakfast in Wagga Wagga

I drove for another two hours after the truck stop and slept in the car outside someone’s farm sometime later. When I woke up I drove all the way to Wagga Wagga. It is a pleasant place but definitely not a tourist trap. I had breakfast here and drove on toward Balranald.

Road to Mungo National Park

Road to Mungo National Park

Wagga Wagga Town Center

Wagga Wagga Town Center

Balranald, the entrance to Mungo National Park

Balranald is a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere. Most people work in farming or grow cotton. I had lunch here in a bakery and then headed to Mungo National Park on the local dirt roads.

These roads seemed endless

These roads seemed endless

The dirt roads

The dirt roads

Signs in the Mungo National Park

Signs in the Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park is the sacred land of the local aboriginal tribe. It was quite stunning to see the dried out lake and the mounds of clay and sand in the sunset!

According to the National Park Service, “Aboriginal people have walked here since the Dreamtime. Scientists have discovered artefacts of this ancient culture dating back over 50,000 years across the expanses of the last ice age. This makes Mungo one of the oldest places outside of Africa to have been occupied by modern humans since ancient times.”

It was cloudy by no rain

It was cloudy by no rain

My car in Mungo National Park

My car in Mungo National Park

Driving towards the park

Driving towards the park

It was an absolutely amazing place and I spent the night sleeping in the desert! The milion stars above were totally amazing!

Sunset in Mungo National Park

Sunset in Mungo National Park

The sand dunes in Mungo National Park

The sand dunes in Mungo National Park

Kengurus in Mungo National Park

Kengurus in Mungo National Park

Lithgow & The Blue Mountains National Park

I woke up early in the morning and drove all day to arrive in Lithgow for the last night. Again, I looked for a secluded place in the hillside and put myself away for the night. I will go into more detail about the place in between in later posts. For now watch the video below.

The Road to Sydney

The Road to Sydney

Blue Mountains National Park

Blue Mountains National Park

Road to Blue Mountains

Road to Blue Mountains

Once I got up I headed to the Blue Mountain National Park. It looks very similar to the Big Bend National Park, except it is a lush forested area. I spent a good few hours walking around then headed back to Sydney Airport.

The night skyline in Sydney

The night skyline in Sydney

The street where the Marriott was

The street where the Marriott was

Taking a boat out from Sydney

Taking a boat out from Sydney