YANGA NATIONAL PARK

About Yanga NP

Attractions

Things To Do

How to get there from Balranald

ABOUT YANGA NATIONAL PARK

TOURS TO YANGA  from BALRANALD

One of the Newest National Parks
 
Yanga National Park may be one of the state's newest parks, but the land itself boasts a long and significant history. From Aboriginal families to early explorers, shearers to rabbit trappers, fishermen to campers – people have been visiting the area for millennia. Now it's your turn.

Also known as Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, Yanga contains fascinating chapters of Australian history. Camp by the banks of the Murrumbidgee like Burke and Wills once did; see over 150 species of birds in the park’s trees, skies and ecologically-important wetlands; acquaint yourself with bygone days at the old homestead, woolshed and countless Aboriginal sites, and enjoy a spot of fishing by the river.

No visit to Yanga National Park is complete without stopping by its Park Office. Housed in 1950s buildings, the office offers a wealth of information about the area. The park's rangers are happy to answer your questions and give you expert advice on camping or bushwalking in the area.

Yanga makes up part of one the world’s largest River Red Gum forest known as the Low ‘Bidgee Wetlands. Yanga National Park has international importance as egret breeding grounds. Over 40 species of waterbirds nest and forage here. An impressive range of rare and endangered wildlife including the Southern Bell Frog inhabit the Park.

Yanga Station

Whether it’s the unique 1870’s homestead still in almost original condition, its rich pastoral history, or its huge Murrumbidgee River frontage and diverse agricultural mix, Yanga Station was a property to which people become easily attached. Many employees lived and worked on Yanga for their whole working lives and the connection is still strong to the community of Balranald.

Once operating as the largest freehold property in the southern hemisphere – the historic Yanga Station was opened to the public in 2009 as Yanga National Park.

As a station, Yanga had an impact on the pastoral history of Australia. However, its importance did not just lie on the sheeps back. It is rumored that the first telephone to be used in Australia was installed on Yanga. The telephone was required for communication between the homestead and outlying buildings such as the shearers’ quarters. The phone was said to be installed by James Cromyn who just happened to be the nephew of one Alexander Graham Bell – now that is service!

The properties rich pastoral history is evident at the Woolshed located 7km south of Balranald on the Sturt Highway. The Woolshed was built in the late 1850’s to take advantage of paddle steamer transport to take the wool to market. The shearing season in the Balranald district traditionally occurred in August and September. It coincided with a high river and the “navigation season” so that paddle steamers could “lift” the wool and take it on the first stage of its long journey to market soon after shearing was completed.

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ATTRACTIONS AT YANGA NP

Yanga Homestead

Location:  From Balranald, travel east along Sturt Highway for 7km. Turn right into Yanga picnic area just over Yanga Creek.  Turn left at the Yanga National Park sign and drive 2km along unsealed road to Yanga Homestead
Opening Times:  To see inside Yanga Homestead you'll need to pick up an audio guide and key from Yanga National Park Office 8.30am-4.30pm daily
Phone: Yanga National Park Office:  03 5020 1764           

Explore the wonderful Yanga Homestead and return to a time when Yanga was one of the Riverina’s most productive pastoral stations. Located in Yanga National Park, part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, the homestead was built around 1870, along with station outbuildings including stables, a gardener’s shed and station store. There are also rose gardens, restored and maintained by volunteers.

You can visit the Cook’s Cottage exhibition and wander around the grounds at any time. While you're here Marvel at the homestead’s unique Murray pine ‘drop log’ design. 
After you've explored the homestead, take the opportunity to explore the surrounding area along Yanga Lake walking track. As you walk, you’ll pass Yanga Lake viewing deck – a great place to see the lake’s Aboriginal heritage and birdlife.

Yanga Woolshed

Location:  From Balranald, travel east along Sturt Highway for 2km.  Turn right onto Windomal Road. Continue for approximately 3km before turning right at the sign to Yanga Woolshed
Opening Times:  Self-Guided Tour of the Woolshed is accessible at anytime subject to weather or fire conditions
Phone: Yanga National Park Office:  03 5020 1764           

Located along Murrumbidgee River, Yanga Woolshed was built in the late 1800s. Once the largest, most modern woolshed in the district, it housed 3,000 sheep and provided work for up to 40 shearers at a time.
Today, the woolshed is in Yanga National Park, part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, and you can wander through it on a self-guided tour, exploring its runs and pens, getting a feel for an authentic 19th century woolshed and a taste of Australian history.

You’ll also find an interpretive display to fill you in on the history of the area – once Yanga Sheep Station.
Check out the viewing platform for great river views; it was once where the old wharf stood. Pack lunch and visit the nearby Yanga Woolshed picnic area or stay overnight at Mamanga campground.

Attractions at Yanga Lake

Location:  From Balranald, travel east along Sturt Highway for 7km. Turn right into Yanga picnic area just over Yanga Creek.  Turn left at the Yanga National Park sign and drive 2km along unsealed road to Yanga Homestead & access to The Yanga Lake Viewing Deck and the track down to the Yanga Lake Walking Track & Bird Hide
Phone: Yanga Park Office:  03 5020 1764            

Yanga Lake Viewing Deck
For tranquil lakeside views and spectacular birdwatching, Yanga Lake viewing deck, near Balranald, is an ideal stopover while exploring Yanga National Park, part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. A great spot for a family picnic, prepare to be enthralled by a magnificent array of migratory and wetland birds.
From this elevated scenic lookout, you’ll be enthralled by sweeping 270 degree views of the immense 1,200ha wetlands. Look for Pelican Point to the south and Regatta Beach to the west. Keep an ear out for the rumbling call of the endangered southern bell frog.

Yanga Lake Bird Hide
Attracting over 150 species of birds, Yanga Lake Red Gum bird hide offers some of the most spectacular birdwatching in NSW. Accessed along Yanga Lake walking track, it’s a great destination for families and nature-lovers alike. Located near Balranald, Yanga National Park, which is part of Murrumbidgee Valley National Park, is the perfect spot to have a picnic, unwind and get away from it all.
Nestled amongst the river red gums and old man saltbush, the hide is a great spot to watch the pelicans and black swans as they forage for food and bring up their young in these majestic waterways. Spring and autumn are great times for birdwatching as the lakes fill with birds such as white-bellied sea eagles and great crested grebes.

Yanga Lake Walking Track
For a beautiful lakeside walk that combines impressive scenic views and superb birdwatching, head for Yanga Lake walking track. This short track traces part of the eastern shoreline to link some of the most scenic features of Yanga National Park. Near Yanga Homestead, it’s an ideal introduction to the tranquil beauty of the wetlands for families, school groups and nature lovers.
The track descends from Yanga Lake viewing deck through majestic river red gums and river coobas to the very shores of the immense lake. Enjoy a leisurely picnic as you soak in the natural beauty and serenity.

Regatta Beach

Location: 
From Balranald, take Sturt Highway east for 6km.
Turn right onto Old Sturt Highway before Yanga Creek
Turn right into Yanga National Park

Phone: Yanga National Park Office:  03 5020 1764 
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Enjoy swimming, boating, birdwatching and paddling in the tranquil lakeside waters of picturesque Regatta Beach picnic area in Yanga National Park.

Regatta Beach picnic area is a great spot for fishing, boating, swimming and birdwatching.


With large shady areas and sandy beaches, the calm lakeside spot provides great swimming and paddling opportunities for the kids, and is a popular spot with local boating enthusiasts. Launch the boat or kayak and explore the vast waterways, or try your hand at fishing. 

If you’re feeling leisurely, sit back under the ancient river gums and enjoy watching the migratory waterbirds including pelicans, egrets and herons.
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THINGS TO DO

  • Discover fascinating passages of our history by joining a regular ranger guided tour of the historic 1870’s drop log homestead or during a “Discovery” activity, run over the Autumn and Spring school holidays.

  • Connect with those who lived and worked at Yanga in the state-of-the-art exhibition housed in the quaint Cook’s Cottage, a short stroll from the homestead.

  • Explore nature from the scenic lookouts, walks and birdhides.

  • Bring your kayak and explore the park from the water for a completely different view of nature.

  • Wonder at the immense kidney shaped Yanga Lake that envelopes the homestead on three sides. Dry for 10 years during the drought early this century, the lake now offers a range of recreational activities from fishing and kayaking to skiing and wake boarding. A boating plan and separate access points allows you to be as laid back, or as action packed as you choose.

  • Spend a night under the stars at the many camp grounds located within the park and enjoy calls of the over 150 species of birds that inhabit the park.


For more information including camping sites and picnic areas visit the National Parks website:
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Yanga Park Office - How to get there from Balranald

Yanga Park Office

Phone:     03 5020 1764 - 8.30am-4.30pm daily

Address:  From Balranald, travel east along Sturt Highway for 7km. Turn right into Yanga picnic area just over Yanga Creek.  Turn left at the Yanga National Park sign and drive 2km along unsealed road to Yanga Homestead & Park Office
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FAX:       03 5020 1914