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45,000 years ago

Join us on a time travelling adventure as we visit Lake Mungo in New South Wales, at a time when people lived in Australia and megafauna roamed the landscape. Click on the images below for photos, videos and more information. Suitable for years 3 to 6.

Did you know?

Nobody knows for certain when people first arrived in Australia. According to Aboriginal tradition, they were always here. Scientists accept people arrived more than 50,000 years ago by making a sea crossing, since water has always separated Australia from Asia.

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How much do you know about Lake Mungo? Check out the Kids learning space pages above, then see how many answers you can get right!

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Do the exercise

Do you know what animals lived at Lake Mungo 45,000 years ago? Pay close attention to the Kids learning space pages above, then see how many answers you can get right!

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Watch the videos

Discover what makes Lake Mungo one of Australia's most significant sites.

Secrets of Lake Mungo 2:57

National Museum of Australia and Ryebuck Media

'Discoveries at Lake Mungo' on the ABC Education website
News report from Lake Mungo in 1969. Duration: 4:03.

'The long, long walkabout' on the ABC website
Footage from 1975 showing where Mungo Lady and Mungo Man were found. Duration: 6:15.

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