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.
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.
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.
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.