Yanga National Park, Balranald

The Yanga National Park is a newly formed national park, located near the township of Balranald in south- western New South Wales. It covers an area of which includes of Yanga Nature Reserve, and has a frontage of 170 kilometres (110 mi) on the Murrumbidgee River. It is largely located in the Lower Murrumbidgee Floodplain (or Lowbidgee Floodplain), which is included on A Directory of Important Wetlands in Australia because of its importance as a breeding site for waterbirds when flooded.HistoryEstablishmentYanga was formerly an important pastoral station established by William Wentworth, an explorer, in the 1830s. In July 2005, the New South Wales Government announced that it had purchased the station for the creation of a national park. The area was gazetted a national park on 28 February 2007, and also encompasses the 1932ha Yanga Nature Reserve which was created in 1974 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act 1974 (NSW). The Yanga National Park is now part of the larger Murrumbidgee Valley National Park. The Murrumbidgee Valley National Park was created in 2010, with the park protecting part of what is now the largest continuous tract of river red gum forest in the world.Aboriginal heritageYanga National Park lies within the traditional tribal areas the Muthi Muthi people. The NSW National Parks & Wildlife Service has recognised the importance of aboriginal sites to the aboriginal and broader community, so have developed an Aboriginal sites register covering the park. The register currently includes mounds, scarred trees, historic sites, burials and middens. The National Parks & Wildlife Service have a statutory role in the protection and preservation of Aboriginal sites.
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  • September 28, 2017
    The homestead is located on high ground on a promontory looking out over Yanga Lake, with lake views to three sides, a beautiful location, I could live here. A lot to see, with some good interactive d...  more »
  • September 2, 2017
    We visited the Woolshed and Shearers Quarters last week. We were the only people on the site and saw no other tourists or NP staff. The woolshed is enormous and the information on boards was well pres...  more »
  • August 24, 2017
    My husband and I visited Yanga woolshed and Historic Homestead,on the 16th of August, and we were absolutely mesmerised with the feeling of Australia's bygone era! Firstly the woolshed was ENORMOUS! A...  more »
  • January 15, 2014
    This seemed like it would be a nice National Park and camp site. However, you should definitely heed the "Road Closed' sign if you see it. We got stuck on the road out to Mamanga camp ground after some rain. The camp site (had we made it) looked nice and spacious with a new toilet block and situated right on the river.

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