Wikijunior:World Heritage Sites/Willandra Lakes Region
Willandra Lakes Region is located in the south-eastern part of New South Wales, a state in Australia. The region covers 2,400 square kilometres. It includes important natural and cultural features. The lakes were formed about two million years ago, but are now dry. The Australian Aborigines camped around the lakes for at least 50,000 years. A small section of the region is protected by the Mungo National Park. As well as Lake Mungo, there is also Lake Mulurulu which was the last lake to hold water. There are 2 other lakes as well. They are the Prungle lake which have been dry for more than 20,000 years, and Lake Chibnalwood. In 1981, The Willandra Lakes Region was listed as a cultural and natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. It was added to the Australian National Heritage List in May 2007. In 2003, the movie, Journey of Man was filmed there.
Map of the Willard’s Lakes Region, showing the World Heritage Area boundaries
Part of the Willandra Lakes system:1. Lake Mulurulu 2. Willandra Creek 3. Garnpung Lake 4. Lake Leaghur 5. Lake Mungo 6. Lake Arumpo 7. Chibnalwood Lakes