FAMILY FUN

The Funky Frog Trail

Discovery Playground 

Discovery Skate Park 

Fun on the Rivers! 

Interacttive Fun at the Pavilion

Have Fun Stepping Back in Time

THE FUNKY FROG TRAIL

WHAT’S THE CONNECTION with BALRANALD & FROGS?

When you visit Balranald, you will see the FUNKY FROG SCULPTURES dotted around town, the Welcoming Frog at the Discovery Centre and the frog merchandise at the Visitor Information Centre and in certain shops in town.
So what is the connection?.....It’s because of the endangered SOUTHERN BELL FROG also known as the Growling Grass Frog which lives in semi-permanent wetlands in south eastern Australia and is known to live in the wetlands of the BALRANALD SHIRE.
It’s a large handsome frog and is bright green in colour with splotches of gold, bronze and black along its back. Unfortunately it has disappeared from over 50% of its former range over the past 20 years. Scientists are unsure why it began to disappear, but disease, habitat loss, farm chemicals and exotic species may be likely causes.
Next time you visit BALRANALD stop by the Visitor Information Centre and the friendly staff will tell you all about the Southern Bell Frog and about the FUNKY FROG TRAIL you can walk to see all the frog sculptures around the town!


LOCATION:  Commence at the Discovery Centre pricinct at 83 Market Street, Balranald and see the Visitor Information Centre Staff who will provide further details of the trail.  

PHONE: Visitor Information Centre:  1800 444 043

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THE DISCOVERY PLAYGROUND

The Discovery Centre Playground boasts some state-of-the-art equipment including a number of interactive elements.  For example, the “Pirate Ship” equipment has a QR coding component where parents and children can scan with their smart phones and tablets for interactive and educational games and stories (see below).  The playground is also protected from the sun with shade sails covering the playground area.....Ideal stop for children to play.

LOCATION:  At the Discovery Centre pricinct at 83 Market Street, Balranald 

PHONE: Visitor Information Centre:  1800 444 043

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THE DISCOVERY STAKE PARK

The Balranald Skate Park is the latest and exciting new addition to the Discovery Centre.  It has been a real community and Council collaboration in bringing it to fruition.  Since its construction it has been a huge hit with both the local and visiting youth and families.

The Skate Park is located next to the Discovery Playground.

LOCATION:  At the Discovery Centre pricinct at 83 Market Street, Balranald 

PHONE: Visitor Information Centre:  1800 444 043


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FUN ON THE RIVERS!

The Murrumbidgee, Murray, Wakool, Edward and Lachlan Rivers make up the Five Rivers that meander within and converge within the Balranald Shire and are all on Balranald’s doorstep.

This makes Balranald and surrounds the ideal place for family fun on and/or along the rivers.  Whether it be boating, fishing, canoeing, kyaking  there's a family adventure waiting for you!



​PHONE or VISIT: Contact or visit the Balranald Visitor Information Centre and the friendly staff will give you information on the best river spots for your family adventure:  1800 444 043


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INTERACTIVE FUN AT THE PAVILION!

The Interpretive Pavilion is a magical place where all your senses are treated to a multi-media & interactive historical interpretation of the Shire’s history including the Shire’s wood, wool & wheat background, the first settlers, the Chinese contribution and the history of prominent wool stations – Yanga Station, Lake Paika Station & Clare Station.

The pavilion also provides wonderful visual displays and information on the environmental aspects of the Shire, including the wetlands, the birdlife, the animal life, the Southern Bell frog & the river Redgum. It also provides fascinating history of Balranald’s connection with the 5 Rivers and the river life including early river exploration & the river trade.

The pavilion also highlights the two major National Parks within the Balranald Shire, Mungo National Park & Yanga National Park. The Interpretive Pavilion also encapsulates the connection Balranald has with the Aboriginal community with a series of audio stories told by renowned local aboriginal identities including the late Besley Murray and his son Ron Murray.


​LOCATION:  At the Discovery Centre pricinct at 83 Market Street, Balranald 

PHONE: Visitor Information Centre:  1800 444 043


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HAVE FUN STEPPING BACK IN TIME

The Balranald Discovery Centre precinct has 3 key historical buildings on site.  These are the Malcolm Building Museum, The Old Balranald Gaol and the first school in the area, the Wintong School building.  These buildings are a wonderful and fun way for the family to get to know about the history of Balranald

To access  the Old Gaol and the Museuem please see the staff at the Visitor Information Centre at the precinct for a key.  The Wintong School can only be viewed from the outside at this stage.

CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT HERITAGE & CULTURAL ATTRACTIONS

​LOCATION:  At the Discovery Centre pricinct at 83 Market Street, Balranald 

PHONE: Visitor Information Centre:  1800 444 043


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Balranald Visitor Information Centre

Balranald Visitor Information Centre

Phone:     1800 444 043

Address:  Balranald Discovery Centre
​                83 Market Street, Balranald

Email:      infocentrestaff@balranald.nsw.gov.au