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Overview

Balranald

Succumb to the quiet country pace of Balranald, home to 'The Five Rivers' and a bucket list spot for keen anglers and water sport lovers. 

The town is located on the Murrumbidgee River in southwest New South Wales, but the Murray, Wakool, Edward and Lachlan rivers also cut across the shire. So set up camp and relax beside some of Australia's most iconic rivers, or take a wander and admire the rugged bush landscapes and native wildlife. Further out, stand in awe before World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park.

Ancient footprints

Be captivated by the wonders of Mungo National Park, 150 kilometres north-west of Balranald. View the park's ancient dry lake bed with crescent-shaped dunes, where evidence of human settlement dating back 60,000 years was found. Recently the oldest human footprints in Australia, estimated to be up to 23,000 years old, were uncovered.

Historic trails

Discover local histories along the Balranald Heritage Trail, which passes sites of historic significance. Learn about the various early explorers, including John Oxley, Charles Sturt and Sir Thomas Mitchell, who 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. A map is available from the Balranald Visitor Information Centre.

Lunchtime anglers

Bring a rug and have a picnic on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. After lunch throw out a line and discover why this is a favourite pastime for visitors and locals alike.

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Things to do

Balranald

National parks & reserves

Mungo National Park

See native fauna, plants and birdlife, Aboriginal heritage and the spectacular lunar-landscape Great Walls of China in ancient Mungo National Park.

Outdoor activities

Fishing

Whether a novice or a serious angler, come cast a line for the famed Murray cod, trout or golden perch in the rivers and lakes of the Murray region.

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