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.

Hiker at Lake Yanga - The Murray

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.

Walls of China in Mungo National Park - Outback NSW

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.


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  1. Australia Day Celebration in Balranald

    Saturday 26 January 2019 , Balranald

    Balranald Shire will celebrate Australia day in Balranald Township commencing with breakfast followed by an address from the Australia Day Ambassador and Awards Ceremony. Following the Balranald ceremony, an Australia Day barbecue lunch…

    26 Jan
  2. Balranald Cup

    Sunday 24 February 2019 , Balranald

    Balranald has two race meetings per year that are a 'must see' - the Saturday before the Melbourne Cup or Victorian Derby Day and the Balranald Cup in February. The Balranald Cup race meeting is held at Greenham Park, which is…

    24 Feb
  3. 5 Rivers Outback Festival

    Friday 04 October 2019 to Sunday 06 October 2019 , Balranald

    Not just any festival! Be prepared to have a 'wow' of a time! Balranald is a unique place surrounded by the wonders of the Murrumbidgee, Murray, Lachlan, Wakool and Edwards rivers. Come and discover the hidden treasures of Balranald and…

    04 Oct - 06 Oct