A picture of colonial prosperity, Balranald is a riverfront haven that beautifully entwines a rich, palpable history with an invigorating and diverse natural landscape. Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, this vibrant town is surrounded by saltbush, mallee plains and fertile agricultural lands, and acts as a gateway to the World Heritage-listed Mungo National Park. Its roots stretch back to the days of Australia’s earliest explorers, and as the oldest settlement on the lower Murrumbidgee River, it is a town with countless stories to tell.
While a flourishing paddle-steamer port in a former life, Balranald today is a bustling reminder of its pioneering past. Its collection of museums and galleries serve to bring to life this fascinating era, while the Heritage Park has brought together several of the town’s most ornate and significant buildings, including the old gaol and the relocated Wintong school house.
The varied accommodation options offer something for everyone, and range from motels and caravan parks to farmstays and cabins. Spend the night on the Murray River at the Euston Club Resort, or experience something that little bit different at the lakeside Lake Paika Station Farmstay. Feeling peckish? Enjoy a gourmet pie straight from Balranald Bakery’s oven, a counter meal and a pot at the iconic Kyalite Pub, or some authentic Italian fare at Café Cassaro – the culinary options are endless. This is a true country town, offering warm country hospitality, and at only a day’s drive from four capital cities, all roads really do lead to Balranald. So pack up the car and head on out, because a visit to this fascinating and picturesque town is within everyone’s reach.