Balranald is the next town visited on the Murray River, highway visits. Balranald is most likely a drive through location. Balranald is also another launch town to the Mungo National Park. Balranald is a nice town that could easily command an overnight stopover.

In about 1847Ė48 George James McDonald, the Commissioner for Crown Lands for the Lower Darling District, arrived at the site. McDonald was a Scotsman, born at Balranald on North Uist in the Outer Hebrides; he chose the name of his birth-place for the new settlement.

In 1848 Leighton Robinson and Thomas Duggan established a general store at Balranald and during the same year a public-house, the Balranald Inn, was erected by a Mr. Robertson.

The Victorian gold-rushes, which began as Balranald was being established and a  correspondent from the area made these comments about the township in August 1858: "This obscure and miserable township, situated on the Lower Murrumbidgee, is here attracting a considerable share of attention, as being one of those rowdy places for which the Australian bush in the interior has become so famous".

Donít you just love that.

Well there is just the one hotel now.

The Churches are a mix of old and not so old. The Anglican looks to be the oldest but is without an external consecration stone.

The Museum is located in the main cbd.

The War Memorial location is an enigma. Certainly missed if traveling west, and stumbled across when traveling east; but a worthy acknowledgment it is.

For most Balranald is a drive through location, but does have attributes going for it. Not the least the iconic frogs.

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Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery   Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking   Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course