Mutawintji National Park

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Mutawintji National Park
New South Wales
IUCN category II (national park)

Aboriginal rock art located within the national park, 1976.
Mutawintji National Park
Nearest town or city White Cliffs
Coordinates 31°08′48″S142°22′53″E / 31.14667°S 142.38139°E / -31.14667; 142.38139 Coordinates: 31°08′48″S142°22′53″E / 31.14667°S 142.38139°E / -31.14667; 142.38139
Established 4 September 1998 (1998-09-04) [1]
Area 689.12 km2 (266.1 sq mi) [1]
Managing authorities NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service
Website Mutawintji National Park
See also Protected areas of
New South Wales

The Mutawintji National Park, formerly the Mootwingee National Park, is a protected national park that is located in the Far West region of New South Wales, in eastern Australia. The 68,912-hectare (170,290-acre) national park is situated approximately 880 kilometres (550 mi) west of Sydney and about 130 kilometres (81 mi) north-east of Broken Hill.

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Features and location

The rugged, mulga-clad Byngnano Range is dissected by colourful gorges, rockpools and creek beds lined with red gums. Scattered among the caves and overhangs are Aboriginal rock art and engravings.

In 1979, the Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife purchased and fenced 100 square kilometres (39 sq mi), in the Coturaundee Ranges, now part of Mutawintji National Park, for the conservation and protection of the yellow-footed rock wallaby.

Follow-up funding of fox eradication in the reserve ensured the survival of this last population of yellow-footed rock-wallabies in New South Wales.

The park also protects Mutawintji Historic Site, containing one of the best collections of Australian Aboriginal rock art. [2]

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