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Yanga Lake paddle

Yanga National Park

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Kayak Yanga Lake for an outback experience like no other. Wonder at the vast sky reflected in 1200ha of water, and spot wildlife and birds drawn to the wetlands in Yanga National Park.

No wheelchair access
Time suggested
3 - 6 hr
Medium. All participants must be able to swim. Moderate level of fitness required.
What to
Drinking water, sunscreen, hat
Please note

Yanga Lake is a reasonably isolated area, so it’s a good idea to bring all supplies for your vehicle and your group.

If you’re visiting Yanga Woolshed and Yanga Homestead, near Balranald, make time to go kayaking on Yanga Lake as well. It’s a great activity for people of all ages, from bird watchers and photographers, to paddling enthusiasts and active families.

Glide through the calm waters under the vast outback sky, surrounded by rows of ancient river red gum eucalypts. The sense of freedom and tranquillity is unforgettable, and inspires a deep connection with the natural landscape.

Birdwatchers will relish spotting a whole cast of water birds. Autumn and spring – the birds’ breeding season – are the best times to paddle, but through the year you can see black and whistling kites, wedge-tailed eagles and white-bellied sea eagles, cormorants and egrets. By the shore, there’s bound to be emus, kangaroos and a goanna or two.

For directions, safety and practical information, see visitor info


  • Yanga Lake viewing deck, Yanga National Park. Photo: David Finnegan © OEH

    Yanga Lake viewing deck

    Yanga Lake viewing deck offers spectacular birdwatching and scenic wetland views in Yanga National Park, near Balranald.

  • Yanga Lake walking track, Yanga National Park. Photo: David Finnegan

    Yanga Lake walking track

    Short yet rewarding, Yanga Lake walking track is a family friendly lakeside walk offering scenic wetlands views and spectacular birdwatching in Yanga National Park.

  • People at Willows campground and picnic area. Photo: Boris Hlavica/NSW Government

    The Willows campground and picnic area

    The Willows campground in Yanga State Conservation Area has tent, trailer and caravan campsites with picnic tables and barbecues. Great fishing and birdwatching awaits.


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A family walk a boardwalk section of Bouddi coastal walk, Bouddi National Park. Photo: John Spencer/OEH.