Discover five iconic rivers and the majestic Yanga Lake wetlands in Balranald, a former river port and a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. This charming heritage town is on the banks of the meandering Murrumbidgee River and only a short drive from four other splendid rivers.
Fishing, boating and kayaking are just three of the many marvellous things to do and see around Balranald, in south-western NSW. Five Rivers Fishing Trail conveniently includes the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and mighty Murray rivers all within 30 minutes’ drive of the township.
Getting to Balranald is easy. On the Sturt Highway near Yanga National Park, which is part of the splendid Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, Balranald is a scenic road trip from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The drive west from the Riverina wine region town of Griffith is less than three hours.
The nearest regional airport is in Mildura, less than two hours’ drive away. You’ll find plenty of accommodation options to suit a range of budgets in Balranald and nearby villages. Enjoy the friendly rural hospitality of The Homebush, a classic country pub which opened in Penarie in 1878.
A great way to explore the history and heritage is on the Balranald Heritage Trail. Pick up a brochure from the Balranald Discovery Centre and find out more about the early colonial explorers that visited the area, including John Oxley in 1817, Charles Sturt in 1830 and Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1836.
Several historical and adventure tours are available, such as the self-guided audio tour of the historic Yanga Homestead, built in the 1870s. Outback Geo Adventures specialises in guided tours of beautiful Yanga and striking Mungo. You can even take a full Moon tour of the World Heritage area.