Yanga National Park, Balranald

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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, and later part of C. B. Fisher's pastoral empire. 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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  • Yanga Homestead - Disappointed that parks office at site was closed and sign says audio tour and access to homestead interior is from Balralnald tourist office. I hadn’t gone to website recently so.....  more
    Yanga Homestead - Disappointed that parks office at site was closed and sign says audio tour and access to homestead interior is from Balralnald tourist office. I hadn’t gone to website recently so.....  more »
  • We came upon this heritage site by chance not having heard of it before. Ironically, we heard an audio post not long before explaining that it possessed the very first telephone line in Australia... 
    We came upon this heritage site by chance not having heard of it before. Ironically, we heard an audio post not long before explaining that it possessed the very first telephone line in Australia...  more »
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  • Nice park, a very nice and relaxing walk to do as well. The Manga campground is amazing, would definitely recommend. Overall lots of places to see, so drive or walk around. Also not sure if anyone knows why there are so many bones lying around?
  • Nice park with a lot of nice camping options. Most of the camp sites have plenty of shady spots, although the access to the river can be difficult if you’re looking to swim. The old sheep station is a great place to visit, and offers a good snapshot in to what life would have been like in colonial Australia. Be sure to check the weather before you visit because they are known to shut the roads in the park at the first sign of rain. This park is also very close to Balranald, so although you feel like you are surrounded by nature while you are there, it’s a short trip to town if you need anything.

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