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Yanga Lake paddle

Yanga National Park


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.

Yanga National Park
No wheelchair access
Time suggested
3 - 6 hr
Medium. All participants must be able to swim. Moderate level of fitness required.

Bring your own kayaks and safety equipment.

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


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Edward River canoe and kayak trail, Murray Valley National Park. Photo: David Finnegan.

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Mountain pygmy possum (Burramys parvus). Photo: Cate Aitken

Park info

  • in Yanga National Park in the Murray-Riverina region
  • Yanga National Park is open Sunrise to Sunset but may have to close at times due to poor weather or fire danger.

    Yanga Homestead Precinct is open 8.30am - 4.30pm.

    • Hay area office
      (02) 6990 8200
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm Monday to Friday
    • 339A Murray Street, Hay NSW
    • Fax: (02) 6990 8250
    • Yanga National Park
      (03) 5020 1764
      Contact hours: 8.30am-4.30pm daily
    • Sturt Highway, Balranald NSW
    • Fax: (03) 5020 1914
See more visitor info
Yanga Lake, Yanga National Park. Photo: David Finnegan