Outback Australia (Mutawintji National Park)

Dawn breaks over Mutawintji
Dawn breaks over Mutawintji

Have you ever wondered what it is like to stay in an underground motel, a room dug into a side of a hill?

Tonight our accommodation is the Underground Motel at White Cliffs in far-western New South Wales.

TomO and I have been frequent visitors over the years, stopping off on our way to and from the Outback, but seemingly, Janet has never been on those trips, so tonight is a first for her.

And what a welcome sight the reception was, standing tall on Smith’s Hill, about the only hill in sight for a hundred or so miles, well not quite, but the landscape is very flat and barren.

We have spent the past three days in Mutawinji National Park undertaking a number of walks through the magnificent gorges set in the rugged and fiery red Byngnano Range. And the wildlife was beautiful…

Kangaroo - Mutawintji NP
Kangaroo – Mutawintji NP

Mutawintji is the tribal area of the Makyankapa and Pandjikali people.

Aboriginal people have lived and hunted in this area for thousands of years and during our stay in the park we spent time with an aboriginal elder who took us to view some rock art and engravings of great significance to his people.

Mutawintji Hand Painting
Mutawintji Hand Painting

Mark shared the love of his land, his people, his culture with great passion and enthusiasm and we look forward to meeting up with him once again in the future, to share the experience of this great land together…

Strewth, you wouldn’t be dead for quid’s, hey!

Photos: Baz, The Landy
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9 thoughts on “Outback Australia (Mutawintji National Park)

  1. photographybycalliec September 24, 2013 / 12:49 pm

    I am heading that way tomorrow or the next day.Sounds great cant wait, have fun,cheers Callie

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  2. kiwiskan September 24, 2013 / 6:05 am

    love outback Australia. We stayed in an underground motel at Coober Pedy. Brilliant

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    • Baz - The Landy October 1, 2013 / 5:54 am

      It is a great spot,although I felt it had “decayed” a bit since our last visit.

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  3. barbara grandberg September 24, 2013 / 4:12 am

    the hand print is very haunting….

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  4. MikeW September 23, 2013 / 9:28 pm

    A rough and beautiful land you guys navigate. How’re your new wheels?

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    • Baz - The Landy October 1, 2013 / 5:55 am

      Great, although it didn’t make this trip…

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