The Balranald Wine District, in the Riverina Wine Region, is centred on the area surrounding Balranald located about 850 km south-west from Sydney. Balranald is regarded as a major gateway to the World heritage listed Mungo National Park, which is located about 150 km north-west of Balranald. Lake Mungo is one of the seventeen lakes within the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. Much of the park covers an ancient dry lake bed with dramatic crescent-shaped dunes. The park is renowned for the evidence of human settlement going back 40,00 -60,000 years, including the oldest human footprints ever found in Australia, estimated to be up to 23,000 years old. In 1969, Australian archaeologists unearthed bone fragments of a young adult female, referred to as Mungo Woman. Radiocarbon dating indicated that
she had died about 25,000 years ago. In Baldranald itself you can picnic on the banks of the
Murrumbidgee River and fish for native species such as yellow belly and Murray cod.
You can visit the nearby township of Euston on the Murray River to go fishing,
boating, camping or hire a houseboat for a cruise along the river and visit Yanga Lake,
Yanga Station and Lake Benanee.
The Riverina Region is home to 17 districts: Junee ; Coolamon ; The Rock ; Lake Cargelligo ; Deniliquin ; Hanwood ; East Griffith ; West Griffith ; Griffith Central; Yenda ; Leeton ; Wagga Wagga ; Balranald ; Narrandera ; Stanbridge ; Hay ; Hillston ; Jerilderie.