It may be one of the state's newest parks, but the land in the Yanga National Park boasts a long and fascinating history.
Yanga National Park – also known as Murrumbidgee Valley National Park – is a naturally and historically fascinating area that forms part of the Lower Murrumbidgee floodplain. The park includes magnificent river frontage, wetlands, lakes and breeding grounds for a range of waterbirds. It boasts more than 22,000ha of river red gum forest, black box-nitre goosefoot swamp, belah-rosewood woodlands, native grasslands and saltbush plains. The area is a haven for bushwalkers and bird-watchers. It also offers various riverside campgrounds and fantastic spots to cast a fishing line.
For more than 160 years Yanga was a working pastoral, cropping and irrigation property; a heritage that’s still palpable. Diverse and ancient history is abundant in an area once populated by Aboriginal families, explorers and pioneers, shearers and rabbit trappers. The famous Burke and Wills also travelled this region.
Scar trees, ovens, middens and other artefacts are scattered throughout the park, while the restored Yanga Homestead and Woolshed are open for visitors to explore. The woolshed is well worth a visit as it houses an interpretive display describing historical aspects of Yanga Station, riverboat trade, pastoral life in the western Riverina and the evolution of the Lower Murrumbidgee floodplain. Located just 8km south-east of Balranald off the Sturt Highway, Yanga National Park is perfect for an exciting day trip or an enthralling overnight escape.