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.
There are five rivers of the fishing trail in the Balranald region, they include the Lachlan, Murrumbidgee, Wakool, Edward and Murray Rivers. Balranald Shire Council assists local fishing clubs restock these rivers with native fish.
The five rivers are within 30 minutes of Balranald township.
For a beautiful lakeside walk that combines impressive scenic views and superb birdwatching, head for Yanga Lake walking track. This short track traces part of the eastern shoreline to link some of the most scenic features of Yanga National Park, part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. Near Yanga Homestead, it’s an ideal introduction to the tranquil beauty of the wetlands for families, school groups and nature lovers.
The steep and rough track descends from Yanga Lake viewing deck through majestic river red gums and river coobas to the very shores of the immense lake. Enjoy a leisurely picnic as you soak in the natural beauty and serenity.
Spring and Autumn are excellent times to visit as bird activity is at its peak. However, there’s birdlife all year round including pelicans, cormorants and white-bellied sea eagles. For a more immersive birdwatching experience stop by Yanga Lake Red Gum bird hide.
Outback Geo Adventures is a Geotourism operator based in Balranald, New South Wales, specialising in tours to Mungo National Park and the heritage listed Willandra Lakes and the astonishing floodplains and wetlands of Yanga National Park.
Outback Geo Adventures' aim is to give an all encompassing 'Geo' approach to your experience based on the principles and dimensions of knowledge that GeoTourism intends to promote and sustain.
Various early explorers - including John Oxley in 1817, Charles Sturt in 1830 and Sir Thomas Mitchell in 1836 - visited the area. It was Mitchell's enthusiastic comments about the quality of the land in the region that encouraged settlement, and Balranald was gazetted in 1851. As a crossing point on the Murrumbidgee River, Balranald prospered throughout the second half of the 19th century.
Discover local histories along the Balranald Heritage Trail, which passes sites of historic significance. A map is available from the Balranald Visitor Information Centre.