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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  • The whole NSW NP booking system and service is woeful. Wanted a tour of the homestead- only on at limited times which is fair enough. The NP info at the Park Office said we could book at the Balranald...  more »
  • If in Balranald this is a must do. You can visit the woolshed which is an educational experience as you learn more about what an undertaking these enterprises were. Lots of written information and vid...  more »
  • 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 »
  • 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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