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by Bev (subscribe)
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Published October 5th 2022
A delightful town on the banks of Murrumbidgee River
Novelty frog sculpture

On our recent road trip from Adelaide to Sydney, we stopped by a very delightful town called Balranald. This town is located on the banks of Murrumbidgee River, about 859 kilometres southwest of Sydney and 555 kilometres west of Adelaide via the Sturt Highway. Although a small town, there are many attractions for the visitor.

Discovery Centre

Visitor Centre


Right on the main street of the town is the Balranald Discovery Centre, the Visitor Centre and the Museum, all in the same complex. The Discovery Centre has an Interpretative Pavilion where visitors can learn about the history of the district through their multi-media and interactive displays.

Eagle sculpture

In front of the Discovery Centre is a sculpture of an eagle landing on its nest. The sculpture is titled "The Eagle is Landing". On the grounds is also a frog sculpture, which is the town's symbol, the Southern Bell frog, that inhabits the wetlands of Balranald. In fact, there are a total of 20 of these novelty sculptures located at various places across the town. You can get a map of where the sculptures are from the Visitor Centre.

The swing bridge

Murrumbidgee River

Not far from the town centre is the Balranald swing bridge. The bridge crosses the Murrumbidgee River to a 2.4km walking trail along the river banks. Unfortunately, when we were there, the walking trail was flooded due to the amount of rain they recently had.

Picnic tables on river banks

Frog sculptures

There are picnic areas with tables and chairs on the banks of the river. Here you can find two frog sculptures cutting a huge log. I think they are really cute.

Main street of town

Banoffee tart

Vanilla slice

Also if you do visit, try the local bakery on the main street. They serve delicious pies, tarts and their popular vanilla slice. We had a banoffee tart and a vanilla slice and both were really yummy.
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Another lovely little town. My husband and I love stopping at these small places and exploring. The sculptures are a great idea, I bet kids would love following the map as a bit of a treasure hunt,
by Gayle Beveridge-Marien (score: 4|10456) 144 days ago
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