Outback Towns

Balranald

A riverfront oasis surrounded by saltbush and mallee plains, Balranald was the original settlement on the lower Murrumbidgee River. Today this former paddle-steamer port offers reminders of its pioneering past.

About Balranald

A riverfront oasis surrounded by saltbush and mallee plains, Balranald was the original settlement on the lower Murrumbidgee River. Today this former paddle-steamer port offers reminders of its pioneering past.

Several historic buildings – including the old gaol, the relocated Wintong school house, the historic museum and the start of the town’s Heritage Walk – have been incorporated into the town’s Heritage Park.

Balranald also boasts important ecological credentials. Situated at the south-west corner of the 217,000 hectares of the lower Murrumbidgee floodplain, which extends all the way to Maude, the area is the home of the endangered Southern Bell or ‘Growling Grass’ frog. The floodplain, which includes the largest remaining wetlands in the Murrumbidgee Valley, also contains 35,000 hectares of red gum forest.

The Balranald Common Bird Trail passes through remnant black box, red gum and lignum vegetation habitats and is an ideal place to see some of the unique local birdlife.

The area’s red gum forest, along with the Yanga Station Homestead, 8 km south-east of Balranald, will become central features of the soon to be proclaimed Yanga National Park.

Close to the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Murray, Wakool and Edward rivers, Balranald’s Five Rivers Fishing Trail provides ideal locations for keen fishing folk.

To the north-west of Balranald is the acclaimed Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. At the centre of this series of dry lake beds is Mungo National Park, famous for its eroded Walls of China and spectacular archaeological finds.

Features

  • ATM
  • Fuel
  • Hospital
  • Dump Point
  • Groceries
  • Mechanical Repairs