Mamungari Conservation Park

  • Campfires Permitted
  • Camping
  • 4WD
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Mamungari Conservation Park park locator map

Marvel at the desert plants and wildlife that call this harsh expanse of red sand dunes home and appreciate its significance to the Maralinga Tjarutja people.

Mamungari Conservation Park park locator map

Marvel at the desert plants and wildlife that call this harsh expanse of red sand dunes home and appreciate its significance to the Maralinga Tjarutja people.

About

Mamungari Conservation Park is a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve containing arid zone wilderness. The park, which features red sand dunes covered with desert karrajong, acacias, desert gums and salt lakes, is of cultural significance to the Maralinga Tjarutja Peoples, who are its traditional owners.

While discovering the park by foot, look out for the wildlife that inhabit the area's harsh conditions, including the princess parrots, scarlet-chested parrots and the Australian bustards.

Several permits are required to travel through this area. Due to the park's remoteness, visitors must be well-equipped and experienced in outback 4WD travel.

Opening hours

Open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Contact details

Office: Maralinga Tjarutja Administration Office
Phone: (+61 8) 8625 2946
Fax: (+61 8) 8625 3076
Email: senioradmin@maralinga.com.au

Getting there

Mamungari Conservation Park is located 450km north west of Ceduna. Access is via the Eyre Highway.

Permits are required to travel through the following areas:

  • Mamungari Conservation Park
  • Maralinga Tjarutja Lands (4-6 weeks notice is required)
  • Woomera Prohibited Area
  • Mabel Creek Station

Pets in parks

Pets are not permitted within this park. There are however, a number of South Australian National Parks where you can take your dog on a lead. 

Facilities

There are very limited facilities in the park. Please ensure you carry sufficient water, food and supplies for your entire visit. It is also a good idea to let a responsible person know of your intended movements and when you expect to return.

Useful information

Please ensure that you understand and arrange relevant permits before travelling to Mamungari Conservation Park.

  • There is no mobile phone coverage in the park.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Traditional owners

Mamungari Conservation Park is managed in partnership with the Maralinga Tjarutja Peoples (the traditional owners) and DEWNR.

Words from the Mamungari Co-Management Board

We are made up of people from Maralinga Tjarutja in South Australia and Pila Nguru in Western Australia, as well as representatives of the government. We are proud that Maralinga Tjarutja owns the land. Anangu association with this land stretches back for thousands of generations. Our rights as traditional owners have taken decades to be recognised - co-management is an important part of this recognition and a step towards reconciliation.

We all work together to look after our land - we have a cultural responsibility to look after visitors to our special country, and need to make sure they respect our sacred sites. We will continue to look after visitors and the country - keeping weeds, like Buffel Grass, away and looking after our important cultural sites.

Also, we will use the park to teach Anangu children how to look after the country and to ensure our connection to this place, our stories, continue to be told into the future.

Aboriginal South Australians are the first peoples of our State and have occupied, enjoyed and managed these lands and waters since the creation. For SA's First Peoples, creation ancestors laid down the laws of the Country and bestowed a range of customary rights and obligations to the many Aboriginal Nations across our state. 

Aboriginal peoples' oral histories and creation stories traverse the length and breadth of Australia’s lands and waters, including South Australian Parks. These stories interconnect land and waters with complex meaning and values and hold great cultural significance. We recognise and respect Aboriginal people's ownership of their stories and that they hold rights and obligations to care for Country. It is through these rights and cultural obligations and a shared goal to protect the environment for generations to come that DEWNR is committed to meaningful collaboration and involvement with Aboriginal peoples in the management of our shared parks.

See and do

Bushwalking

There are no specific bushwalking trails within this park.

Mountain biking

Mountain biking is currently not permitted in this park. 

Stay in the park

Self-sufficient bush camping is permitted in this park. Fees apply.

Permits are required to travel through the following areas:

  • Mamungari Conservation Park
  • Maralinga Tjarutja Lands (4-6 weeks notice is required)
  • Woomera Prohibited Area
  • Mabel Creek Station

Please contact the Maralinga Tjarutja Administrator for further information:

Office: Maralinga Tjarutja Administration Office
Phone: (+61 8) 8625 2946
Fax: (+61 8) 8625 3076
Email: senioradmin@maralinga.com.au

Flora

The park supports an array of unique plant species including the majestic marble gum, desert kurrajong and the ooldea mallee.

Fauna

Mamungari Conservation Park is home to the princess parrot, the scarlet-chested parrot and the bustard.

Volunteering

If you think you might be interested in volunteering opportunities within this park please contact our Volunteer Support Unit.

Safety

Camping

When camping in a National Park, it's important to remember the following:

  • Always let someone responsible know your travel plans, especially when travelling in remote areas. It's a good idea to let them know when you expect to return.
  • Check the weather forecast before you leave, including overnight temperatures on the Bureau of Meteorology. Even during very mild weather, the nights can get very cold. 
  • The quality and quantity of water cannot be guaranteed within parks. Please bring plenty of water and food to be self-sufficient.
  • Always camp in designated sites (where applicable) - do not camp beneath trees with overhanging branches, as they can drop without warning. It's also a good idea to check that there no insect nests nearby.
  • Check to make sure you're not camping in a natural waterway, flash floods can happen anytime.
  • If camp fires are permitted, you must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited. Extinguish your camp fire with water (not sand or dirt) until the hissing sound stops.
  • Ensure that you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

Fire

This park is closed on days of Catastrophic Fire Danger and may be closed on days of Extreme Fire Danger.

Listen to the local area radio station for the latest updates and information on fire safety. 

Fire restrictions

  • Wood fires and solid fuel fires are permitted outside the annual Fire Danger Season.
  • You must bring your own firewood, as the collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.
  • Gas fires are permitted through the year, other than on days of Total Fire Ban.
  • Ensure you are familiar with the fire restrictions for this park.

4WD

There are very limited facilities and services available in the Far West, hence it is important that you are self-sufficient and carry adequate supplies of fuel, food and water.

  • All roads within the parks are unsealed and receive very little maintenance.
  • Please keep to defined vehicle tracks and avoid damaging them.
  • Only experienced and well-equipped travellers should attempt to cross the more remote parks.
  • Take extreme care when driving in the park – be aware of blind corners, crests and narrow tracks.
  • Know what to do if you get bogged and always carry a long-handled shovel.
  • Make sure you have the right tyre pressure for the terrain, as per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Observe ‘No Public Access’ signs and do not travel along the maintenance track beside the Dog Fence.
  • Unregistered vehicles, such as quad bikes, are not permitted.

Know before you go

Every national park is different, each has its own unique environment, it is important to be responsible while enjoying all the park has to offer.

Please ensure that you:

  • leave your pets at home
  • do not feed birds or other animals, it promotes aggressive behaviour and an unbalanced ecology
  • do not bring generators (except where permitted), chainsaws or firearms into the park
  • leave the park as you found it - place rubbish in the bins provided or take it with you
  • abide by the road rules (maintain the speed limit)
  • respect geological and heritage sites
  • do not remove native plants
  • are considerate of other park users.

  • Important: Collection of firewood within National Parks is prohibited.

Please ensure that you understand and arrange relevant permits before travelling to Mamungari Conservation Park.

Maps

Fees

Entry fees

Vehicle entry to this park is free, however fees apply for camping.

Park pass

Holiday Park Pass and Multi Park Pass

Want to explore SA’s parks all year round? Purchase a Multi Park Pass (12 months), or a Holiday Park Pass (for 2 months) which entitles you to vehicle entry not just for this park, but up to an additional 10 parks as well!

Camping and accommodation

Campsite fees (per night)

Vehicle (max 8 people) - $12
Hikers/cyclists/additional vehicle occupant (per person) - $6.50
Group camping (20+ people - per person) - $6

If you are planning a trip for a school group or other large group, please ensure you let the park know of your intentions.

Fees collected are used for conservation and to maintain and improve park facilities.

Other fees and permits

Permits are required to travel through the following areas:

  • Mamungari Conservation Park
  • Maralinga Tjarutja Lands (4-6 weeks notice is required)
  • Woomera Prohibited Area
  • Mabel Creek Station

Please contact the Maralinga Tjarutja Administrator for further information:

Office: Maralinga Tjarutja Administration Office
Phone: (+61 8) 8625 2946
Fax: (+61 8) 8625 3076
Email: senioradmin@maralinga.com.au