If you visit Broken Hill, make sure taking in the big views at Mundi Mundi Lookout near Silverton is on your list of things to do. Home to Mundi Mudi Pastoral Station, the view across the plains is breathtaking.
Here is a quick run down of what you need to know about this must-see Broken Hill Attraction.
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Where is the Mundi Mundi Lookout?
Mundi Mundi Lookout is 25 minutes from Broken Hill along Silverton Road. Drive through Silverton and a couple of minutes later you will see the brown sign to the lookout on your right.
Is the road to the lookout sealed?
The road to Mundi Mundi Lookout is sealed. The lookout area is directly adjacent to the main road, so you pull off straight into the carpark and viewing area. There are no dirt roads to drive along, and you don’t have to walk anywhere to see the views.
Mundi Mundi Facilities
There are some impressive lookouts around Australia with everything from visitor centres to cafes and gift shops. But you won’t find any of that here! There are no facilities at Mundi Mundi Lookout. The parking area doubles as the viewing area, there are no toilets, shelters, bins or picnic facilities, all you’ll see are the views.
What can you see?
The reason you come here is for the panoramic views across the Mundi Mundi Plains and Barrier Ranges. At an elevation of around 200m there are claims you can see the curvature of the earth so that is one big view!
For anyone who lives in an urban area, the views are a lot to take in, the vastness of the plain and the size of the sky take a few minutes to digest, the landscape just goes on and on in grand scale.
At dawn and dusk keep your eye out for wildlife. You might spot kangaroos, wallabies, and emus in the low scrub. Look overhead or out along the roads for wedgetail eagles and kites.
Sunset & Weather Viewing
The view from the Mundi Mundi Lookout faces west so it is an amazing place to watch an outback sunset. Take a picnic dinner and enjoy one of the best sunset viewing spots around Broken Hill. When you head back to Broken Hill or Silverton after sunset slow down and keep an eye out for animals along the road.
With a north and west facing aspect, Mundi Mundi Lookout is also a great spot for weather watching. You get a great view of thunderstorms or cold fronts rolling in from the west or if it’s windy, watch for dust storms in the north.
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From the Mundi Mundi Lookout, another feature that is hard to miss is the Silverton Windfarm. Completed in 2020 and sitting above the Mundi Mundi and Mount Robe Ranges, the 58 turbines make the wind farm one of the biggest in Australia. They produce enough renewable energy to power nearly 100,000 homes.
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Mundi Mundi Plains Movies
As you stare out over the vastness of the Mundi Mundi Plains, it is not hard to understand why the striking landscape has appeared in a few movies. The best known of these is Mad Max 2 – the road by the lookout features in the final scenes of the movies. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert and The Craic also made use of the spectacular location.
Mundi Mundi Bash
More recently, the Mundi Mundi Plains have become home to one of Australia’s most popular outback music festivals. Each August they are the location of The Mundi Mundi Bash which features Australian bands. The festival gets more popular every year, attracting more than 10,000 people to the outback.
What does Mundi Mundi mean?
It’s not that easy to find the meaning of Mundi Mundi. There are a few suggestions when you hit Google but one of the most interesting comes from a short story published on page 2 of the Barrier Miner Newspaper in 1899. The Barrier Miner was published in Broken Hill from 1888 – 1974.
Apparently, the Anthropological Society of Australasia sent an inspector to western New South Wales to learn the meaning of ‘native place names’ in the area. In the article, Mundi is said to mean water, but it adds there was also a report that Mundi means ‘a lot of black women’.
The Wilyakali People are the Traditional Owners of Mundi Mundi country.
Check out Umberumberka Reservoir
If you have made it to Mundi Mundi Lookout, it is worth driving a couple of minutes down the hill to the Umberumberka Reservoir. Providing Broken Hill’s water up until 2018, how much water you see here will depend on the season. It can hold up to 7 mega litres and it would have been close to this for our visit, but other people at the reservoir told us how they had seen it bone dry.
There are lovely views across the water and a picnic and BBQ area. As you leave the reservoir there is some old machinery lined up on the side of the road. It is an interesting spot and worth a look after you have taken in the views at Mundi Mundi Lookout.
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