The journey from the town of Griffith to Mildura on the Murray is one that traverses some of the most exciting regions of south-west NSW. This particular route cuts through the exciting and surprising Outback towns of Hay and Balranald, and takes you past three of Outback Beds incredible properties, namely Corynnia Station, Lake Paika Station and Mungo Lodge.
Getting started on this highway adventure is incredibly easy. Griffith can easily be reached by major highways if you're coming from Sydney or Melbourne, while the Sturt Highway will get you from Adelaide to Mildura without a fuss. Additionally, daily flights operate between both towns and Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide, with many car and campervan hire companies operating at both destinations.
Start your journey in Griffith, a vibrant centre in an award winning wine growing and gourmet produce zone. The city of Griffith was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the renowned American architect who also designed Canberra, and offers more than its fair share of attractions to keep you occupied before you hit the road. Visit the Pioneer Park Museum and Italian Museum on Scenic Hill, go on a safari at Altina Wildlife Park, stock up on homemade jams and wine at Catania Fruit Salad Farm, or go on a self-guided tour to the historic Hermit's Cave.
Corynnia Station offers a true Outback experience, with this station stay boasting a 5/5 Trip Advisor Rating. Relax in 1940’s stylishly decorated cottages, set within stunning homestead gardens on this working irrigation and sheep station. There are also new lodge style facilities suitable for groups.
The next morning, head out from Corynnia Station towards the township of Hay, a distance of 72km. Spend a few hours exploring this fascinating Outback town, before hitting the road again and venturing the final 132km to Balranald and your accommodation for the evening.
Just east of Balranald is Yanga National Park, one of the state’s newest national parks. Discover the fascinating chapters of our natural, pastoral and Aboriginal heritage, visit the woolshed that boasted one of the biggest waiting rooms in the country, or head out on a tour of the wetland or the original drop log homestead.
Settle in for the night at Lake Paika Station, nestled on a peninsula of Lake Paika, a recently reinstated 450ha natural wetland. Experience unique self contained accommodation in the restored Workman’s Quarters, and witness some of the most breathtaking sunsets in the entire state. Guests can try their hand at fishing, bush walking, bird watching or swimming, or simply relax and soak up the tranquility.
Pack up the car and head out to the awe-inspiring Mungo National Park. Mungo National Park is the heart of the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area, one of Australia’s richest archaeological finds. The archaeological treasures of Mungo Man and Mungo Woman were found at Mungo National Park and are carbon dated to over 40,000 years old. These human remains indicate that Aboriginal people inhabited the area during this time, and make this the oldest known site of human occupation in the southern hemisphere. This national park is truly one of a kind, and exploring its secrets is an absolute must.
Take a guided tour with a local to explore Australia’s first World Heritage listed national park. Learn about bush tucker and bush medicine as well as the cultural heritage of Mungo. This harsh and unforgiving landscape is a time capsule of ancient lives and stories, all just waiting to be discovered.
Located near Mungo National Park, Mungo Lodge is a unique outback property committed to eco-sensitive management. Accommodation options range from luxury cabins to camping and caravanning, with an in house restaurant, bar and lounge open to all guests. Mungo National Park is a destination to savour, and Mungo Lodge ensures a truly unforgettable experience.
Mildura is a regional Victorian town, based right on the edge of the mighty Murray River. At nearly three hours from Mungo Lodge, it's best to get an early start on the last leg of your journey, as Mildura is almost bursting at the seams with fascinating attractions. From drifting about on a houseboat, to enjoying fresh local produce and wines, a spot of golf or exploring the natural wonders that surround Mildura has something for all.
Local restaurants and eateries celebrate the magnitude of local grown produce and offer a truly cosmopolitan ambiance. The main eating precinct is aptly known as 'Feast Street', not just for its food, but also for the generous selection of fine local wines – many of them award winners.
Quench your cultural thirst with a trip to the many art galleries, museums, sculptures and historic sites that dot the city streets.
Climb aboard one of the town's historic paddle steamers, and cruise down the famous Murray River.