About Kyalite 


Things To Do

How to get there from Balranald


The ideal watering hole for fishermen

Travel 37 km south of Balranald and you will find Kyalite on the junction of the Wakool and Edward Rivers. Known for its fishing, in particular Murray Cod, the centre of town has always been the local pub.

The village of Wakool Crossing (the site of present-day Kyalite) was founded by Henry Talbett, who in about 1848 established a punt service across the Wakool River. When he became established, Talbett brought his  family out from Ireland, including his parents and siblings. His brother John came to Wakool Crossing with his family and assisted Henry Talbett to construct an inn and a general store on land Henry had purchased near his punt. In September 1860 Burke and Wills dined at the hotel.

In 1882 Talbett sold the hotel to Thomas Spinks. He rebuilt the hotel after the original drop log building burnt to the ground in the early 1890’s. Wakool Crossing was renamed Kyalite in 1927.

The railway reached Kyalite in 1928, when it became a station on the railway line from Kerang, Victoria, across the Murray River to Stony Crossing, New South Wales. The line was not a success and trains ceased running north of the Murray in 1943

For many years Kyalite has been an important watering hole for visiting fishermen who camp on the banks of the Wakool or Edward Rivers.

Surrounded by State Forests and Rivers

Kyalite is renowned for its rich red soils and is home to Australia’s largest commercial pistachio farm.

To the recreational camper and fisherman, Kyalite is known for its extensive State Forests and endless river systems. There are four major rivers; the Wakool, Edward, Murray and the Murrumbidgee only a few minutes drive from the front door of the local pub.

The Edward and Wakool Rivers enjoy a reputation as the best Murray Cod waters in Australia.


The Iconic Kyalite Pub & General Store

Location:  Kyalite Road, Kyalite, NSW
Phone:  03 5038 2221

Ask the bushie or the townie, in Bendigo, or Renmark, Alice Springs or Mungerannie. Have beer in The Old Royal at Broken Hill, The Globe at Ballarat, or the Parap in Darwin or just strike up a conversation with the bloke in the street, it's a fair bet you'll find a mate who has had a beer at Kyalite.
A bush pub with character and feeling. It has been the welcome home and stopover for the tough hardy men and women who pioneered this country. Kyalite has seen the good times an bad, the droughts, the bumper crops, the depressions an the booms.

Ken and Vicki became the proud owners in 1989. Ever since has been an on going restoration program. As near as practical the hotel has been restored to its original appearance.
Today customers can relax with an ice cold drink and 'read' the pub walls. You will find a full photo history of the pub, complimented with hunting weapons and tools of trade used by our original Bushmen.

The Kyalite Pub has a fully stocked general store that provides: The dailies, bread, milk, papers, deli supplies.  For the fisherman, rods, reels, tackle, bait, yabbie traps abd also Everything you need for camping out on the river.

Kyalite Caravan Park & Units

Location:  Kyalite Road, Kyalite
​​Phone:  03 5038 2221

Within the Hotel bounds is a quiet friendly caravan park that allows you to enjoy your holiday to the fullest.
The quiet friendly park is only a few minutes walk to  the boat ramp on the Wakool River, or a few minutes drive to endless Regional Parks. There are many spots to stop, throw in a line or let the kids run wild exploring the great Australian Bush.

The park offers a range of cabins from luxury self contained with ensuites to bunk house units ideal for groups.

  • All cabins equipped with fridges and cooking (You supply bedding)
  • Caravan Park is fully grassed
  • Barbeque
  • Stacks of room for the kids
  • Laundry
  • Ice and barbeque gas exchange
  • Tent sites
  • Caravan storage and sites for permanent on-sites
  • No Road pressure. Just next door to the pub. Stroll up to enjoy a quiet drink and meal with your family or mates.

The Rivers - ideal for Fishing

Location:  Around Kyalite
Phone:  For details on all your fishing and camping needs contact the Kyalite Pub on 03 5038 2221

Kyalite is surrounded by beautiful rivers.  The Wakool River converges with the Edwards River just near the Kyalite Pub & Caravan Park and converges into the Murray further downstream.  Further downstream, the Murrumbidgee River coverges into the Murray River all within the Balranald Shire.

The confluence of these rivers in and around Kyalite makes it the ideal fishing spot, and it is rumored for having  the best Murray Cod fishing waters around.

Since 1990 during the long weekend in March every year, regardless of conditions, the Kyalite Pub releases assorted native fingerlings into the Edward and Wakool Rivers. 
​​The first release was financed by a raffle run at the Pub.   Because of your continuing  support the Pub has been able to maintain the momentum and every year the raffle is drawn during Pubs' Inter-Club Fishing Competition.  The restocking long weekend is a real family weekend where children are encouraged to participate and have loads of fun! ​Next time you call into the bar support the Pubs' restocking program.

A NSW Fishing Liscence is essential and must be kept on you when fishing in NSW waters.

The State Forests - ideal for Camping

Location:  Around Kyalite
Phone:  For details on the best camping spots and for your camping needs contact the Kyalite Pub on 03 5038 2221

Kyalite is surrounded by stunning State Forests which are ideal for camping, fishing or just chilling!

Campers are advised that while they are very welcome to use the State Forests in the area these are also occupied by farmers with grazing leases.

Campers should be aware of any stock and the golden rule of the bush leave all gates shut. If in any doubt simply ask. Please leave your camp site clean.

The Kyalite provides a rubbish trailer. You are welcome to leave any rubbish in this.



  • Join the local fishing club and be part of their monthly fishing competitions.

  • Explore the nearby Kyalite Regional Park to the east, with its abundant wildlife.

  • Lure in a majestic Murray Cod or catch some yabbies for the barbecue.

  • Go for a swim or paddle in three rivers in one day without leaving Kyalite.

  • Enjoy Australia’s Biggest Burger at the Kyalite Pub.

  • Take the Publicans’ Challenge of the a supa-pan-sized sizzling rump steak! 

 For more information visit the Kyalite Pub website:

How to get there from Balranald

Kyalite Pub & Caravan Park

How to get there from Balranald:  From Balranald 
  • Head east on Market St/Sturt Hwy/A20 towards Market St/Sturt Hwy/A20
  • Turn right onto Sturt Hwy/A20
  • Turn right onto Kyalite-Balranald Rd/Mallee Hwy (signs for Tooleybuc/Swan Hill/Ouyen/Moulamein)
  • Drive for around 32 km
  • Turn left onto Kyalite Rd

Phone:       03 5038 2221

Address:    Kyalite Road, Kyalite