Gateway to World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park, the enchanting town of Balranald sits on the banks of Murrumbidgee River. Heritage trails, walking tracks, full-moon tours and numerous other outdoor activities highlight this fishing and nature enclave.
Things to do in Balranald
Anglers come from near and far to drop a line in the five rivers that sit within 30 minutes of Balranald. The Five Rivers Fishing Trail incorporates the Murrumbidgee, Lachlan, Wakool, Edward and Murray Rivers, which also offer excellent kayaking, canoeing and boating opportunities.
Explore diverse ecosystems and wildlife in several national parks near Balranald. On the shores of Yanga Lake, you’ll find riverine wetlands and the Regatta Beach picnic area within Yanga National Park. Travelling with little ones? They’ll be thoroughly entertained with a day of swimming, paddling, boating, birdwatching and fishing.
Also within Yanga National Park is the 19th-century Yanga Woolshed along Murrumbidgee River. Housing about 3,000 sheep in its heyday, it reflects an integral part of Australia’s history. Head over to the Yanga Lake Walking Track for fascinating birdwatching in the Yanga Lake Red Gum Bird Hide, home to around 150 different species.
Follow the central Balranald Heritage Trail to unveil regional history and learn about early colonial explorers. Stop by the Balranald Discovery Centre to see interactive multi-media displays and historic buildings, such as the old jail, schoolhouse and bank. Top off the day at The Homebush, a classic Aussie country pub that first opened its doors in 1878.
Balranald lies about 480 kilometres from Melbourne, where it’s possible to rent a car. The nearest airport to Balranald is in the small town of Mildura, about a two-hour drive away. Taxis and bicycle hire are available for getting around in Balranald.