On the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, discover a charming heritage town that’s surrounded by spectacular riverscapes and national park. Part of The Murray region of Country NSW, Balranald is a great base to explore Yanga National Park, five iconic Australian rivers and the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.
The Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and mighty Murray rivers are all within 30 minutes’ drive of the township, 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.
Explore the town’s history on the Balranald Heritage Trail. You can pick up a brochure from the Balranald Visitor Information Centre. 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. Stop for lunch at the Yanga Woolshed picnic area.
Another fascinating place to explore is Yanga Historic Homestead, with its stables, gardener’s shed and rose gardens. Enjoy scenic wetland views and bird-watching on the nearby Yanga Lake walking track. Outback Geo Adventures offer guided tours of Yanga National Park and Mungo National Park.
Situated on the Sturt Highway, Balranald is a scenic road trip from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The drive west from Sydney is around eight hours, while the Riverina wine region town of Griffith is three hours away. The nearest regional airport is in Mildura, less than two hours’ drive away.
You’ll find accommodation options that suit various budgets in Balranald and nearby villages. Enjoy the rural hospitality of The Homebush, a classic country pub, which opened in Penarie in 1878. Or you can camp by the Murrumbidgee River in Yanga National Park, like explorers Burke and Wills once did.