Surrounded by spectacular riverscapes and national park, Balranald is a great base to explore Yanga National Park, the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park and iconic Australian rivers. You’ll also discover a beautiful heritage town brimming with history.
The Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and mighty Murray rivers are all within a half-hour drive, making Balranald a popular destination for boating, kayaking and fishing. Catch Murray cod, yellowbelly, perch or redfin on the Five Rivers Fishing Trail, a must for keen anglers. Pick up a brochure from the Balranald Visitor Information Centre for other river-based attractions, such as the Regatta Beach Picnic Area. This tranquil lakeside spot provides great camping, swimming and paddling opportunities under towering river gums.
Explore the town’s history on the Balranald Heritage Trail, a 1.5-hour self-guided walk linking the town's most significant points of interest on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Make sure to stop at the Balranald Gallery, housed in the original Masonic Lodge dating back to 1880.
Balranald Art Gallery
Other things to do include a self-guided tour of Yanga Woolshed. Built in the 1870s, it was once the largest woolshed in the district. Displays reveal the region’s pastoral and Aboriginal history, plus that of the early European explorers who passed through, including John Oxley and Charles Sturt. Stop for lunch at the Yanga Woolshed picnic area. Another fascinating place to explore is Yanga Historic Homestead, with stables, a gardener’s shed and rose gardens.
Aerial view of the Murrumbidgee River and Balranald town
Situated on the Sturt Highway, Balranald is just under a nine-hour drive from Sydney, five hours from Melbourne and six hours from Adelaide. The Riverina wine region town of Griffith is three hours away and the nearest regional airport is in Mildura, less than a two-hour drive away, where you can rent a car and explore the region at your own pace.
The Mighty Murray Drive
The Mighty Murray Drive
Discover charming towns, fantastic wineries and water activities galore on The Mighty Murray River Drive, an adventurous four-day road trip hugging the New South Wales and Victorian border.
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