Discover ancient landscapes, archaeological treasures and sacred Indigenous sites at the Mungo and Mutawintji National Parks and delve into the intriguing colonial history of this remote corner of NSW.

At a Glance

  • Feast your eyes on breathtaking ancient landscapes and significant Aboriginal sacred sites
  • Learn about Indigenous culture and heritage at the Mungo and Mutawintji National Parks
  • Admire archaeological treasures and the lunar landscapes over the Walls of China at sunset
  • Explore the rural towns of Broken Hill and Silverton, rich in colonial and mining history

Traverse the spectacular Mutawintji National Park with its superb rock engravings and sacred Aboriginal sites, and admire the rugged beauty of its vibrant crimson gorges.

Explore the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and learn about the significant archaeological discoveries of Mungo Lady and Man, evidence of human history and culture in the region dating back thousands of years. Appreciate the breathtaking lunar landscapes of the so-called Walls of China, formed over thousands of years of erosion.

Visit Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the oldest art gallery in regional NSW, and learn about the town’s colourful colonial and mining history.


In the spirit of reconciliation, the Art Gallery Society of New South Wales and Renaissance Tours acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of Country throughout Australia and their connections to land, sea and community. We pay our respects to their Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.
WARNING: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders are warned that this brochure may contain names and images of deceased persons.


This tour is part of the World Art Tours program organised by the Art Gallery Society of NSW in partnership with Renaissance Tours.


09 – 15 October 2024 (7 days)

Tour leader

Alex McKay

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Arrive in Broken Hill in the afternoon on suggested flights from Sydney and transfer to the hotel (group transfer included in tour price if using suggested flight; please check with us). Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements including extra nights’ accommodation before the tour.

At 15:00 meet your tour leader Alex McKay and fellow tour members for a welcome briefing at the hotel before visiting the Living Desert Flora and Fauna Sanctuary. Nestled on a hilltop amongst the Barrier Ranges, discover 12 sandstone artworks that highlight the outback skyline and the scenery at sunset.

Afterwards, enjoy a welcome dinner with Alex and fellow tour members at a local restaurant.


This morning, visit the Royal Flying Doctor Museum, which presents the history and operations of doctors, nurses, pilots and communities in the service of those who live and work in remote places.

Then, continue to the outback town of Silverton and wander through the historic streets, many of which have appeared in films, before visiting the Gaol and Historical Museum to examine tools of the trades of mining, exhibits and artefacts.

Return to Broken Hill in the late afternoon and enjoy dinner at a nearby restaurant.


Today, enjoy a walking tour of the historic town centre showcasing Victorian and Art Deco buildings and learn about the town’s mining history. Visit the Broken Hill Regional Art Gallery, the oldest art gallery in regional NSW, housed in the magnificent Sully’s Emporium building. The gallery showcases a rich artistic heritage including Australian colonial and contemporary artists, and a large representation of leading Indigenous artists.

Continue to the Pro Hart Gallery, a tribute to the iconic artist who painted Australian scenes in the brilliant hues of the outback. Located in his studio and house, the gallery displays colourful artworks including sculptures, paintings and sketches.

Enjoy some time at leisure to further explore the town at your own pace, followed by dinner at a local restaurant.


This morning, travel to the stunning Mutawintji National Park. This spectacular desert region shows evidence of continuous use by Aboriginal people for thousands of years and is home to the famous hand stencil art of local Aboriginal communities. Dominated by the Bynguano Ranges, whose vibrant crimson colour dramatically captures changes in the light, the ruggedly beautiful park includes important cultural and historic sites, as well as spectacular gorges. Enjoy a private guided tour led by a local Aboriginal guide, learn about the dreamtime story of Kuluwirru (an ancient ancestor god) and discover the superb rock engravings.

Return to Broken Hill in the late afternoon; the remainder of the afternoon and evening is at leisure.


Today, depart Broken Hill and travel to Mungo, stopping en route at the picturesque Menindee Lakes with colonies of swans, pelicans, ducks and egrets living on its banks.

Enjoy lunch in Pooncarie, a historic village and – during the 19th century – an important river port. The town’s wharf was once a vital stopping place for river steamers as they plied the Darling River en route to Menindee and Wilcannia.

Arrive at Mungo Lodge in the late afternoon, located at the doorstep of the stunning Mungo National Park, and enjoy dinner at the hotel.


Explore the World Heritage Mungo National Park, providing a unique insight into the ancient landscapes of Australia, formed by dry lake basins and sand formations. Enjoy a private tour led by an Aboriginal guide and learn about the significant archaeological discoveries of Mungo Lady and Man, the world’s oldest human cremations, which are testament to Indigenous history and culture dating back over thousands of years.

Return to the hotel for lunch followed by some time at leisure.

In the late afternoon, return to Mungo National Park for a sunset tour over the scenic Walls of China, a 33-kilometre chain of white dunes on the southeastern edge of the Lake Mungo lunette. Appreciate these spectacularly shaped sand and clay dunes, carved over thousands of years of erosion, and the breathtaking lunar landscapes before returning to the lodge for dinner.


Depart Mungo and travel to Mildura. There, visit the Mildura Arts Centre, a major art and culture hub in North West Victoria including a regional art gallery, a performing arts theatre, a sculpture park and an historic mansion built in 1889.

Continue to a local restaurant to celebrate the conclusion of the tour with a farewell lunch with Alex and fellow travellers.

After lunch, transfer to Mildura Airport (group transfer included in tour price) for suggested flights departing from 17:00. Renaissance Tours or your travel agent can assist you with your flights and other travel arrangements, including additional nights’ accommodation either before or after the tour, or travel insurance (highly recommended).



Per person, twin-share

AUD 6,750

Single supplement

AUD 650

Deposit per person (at time of booking)

AUD 1,500

Final payment due

09 August 2024

Tour price includes

  • Accommodation in four-star hotels with breakfast daily (B)
  • Meals as per itinerary (L = Lunch, D = Dinner), including wine with dinners
  • Comprehensive sightseeing, including local guides and entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Transportation throughout on comfortable, air-conditioned coaches
  • Group transfer from Broken Hill Airport to the hotel on arrival if using suggested flight (please check details with us)
  • Group transfer to Mildura Airport on departure if using suggested flight
  • Talks and discussions with your tour leader, Alex McKay
  • Gratuities for local guides, drivers and wait staff
  • Hotel porterage (one piece per person)

Tour price does not include

  • Airfares (please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)
  • Transfers on arrival and departure if not using included group transfers (please check with us)
  • Airport porterage
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. telephone, laundry, room service, minibar, taxis etc.)
  • Travel insurance (highly recommended; please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for assistance)


Your hotels
Broken Hill – The Royal Exchange Hotel****
Mungo – Mungo Lodge****

N.B. Hotels of a similar standard may be substituted.

More Details

Tour code: AG2424

Fitness level: Challenging
Please see Terms & Conditions for fitness level definitions here.

Suggested airline: Qantas
Please contact Renaissance Tours or your travel agent for current airfares and flight reservations.

New Zealand passport holders do not require a visa to visit Australia.

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