Lake Paika

Balranald Accommodation

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Welcome to Lake Paika!

Lake Paika hosts

Take a step back in time, unwind, relax and enjoy unique accommodation in the restored self-contained workmans' quarters.

Experience this natural wetland, reinstated in 2012, after more than 100 years of being stranded from its lifeline, the Murrumbidgee River.

Lake Paika Station is one of the oldest properties in the area.

The first European squatter was George Hobler in 1846. Burke & Wills also camped in the Paika stables.

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In 1899, Lake Paika & Paika Creek became the site of Australia’s first environmental movement to protect a wetland.

Your Hosts, Dianne, Duff, & Iain invite you to experience Lake Paika Accommodation, which is nestled on a peninsula of Lake Paika. This 450ha natural wetland, recently reinstated after more than a 100 years of being "stranded" from its Murrumbidgee "lifeline" is quickly responding. Improved biodiversity of wildlife and vegetation regeneration has already occurred in response to watering.

Witness breathtaking sunsets and amazing birdlife. Guests are invited to fish, swim, bushwalk and birdwatch. Bring along your own canoe or fishing boat.

A bird watcher's and photographer's paradise, with over 20,000 waterbirds of more than 35 species having been observed. In November 2015 the endangered Little Bittern nested and hatched chicks in the surrounding wetlands!

Replace your alarm clock with the gentle sound of bird calls, bask in amazing sunsets that become star studded skies, and arise to clear sunrises signalling the start of your day!

Our Town

  • The quiet and pretty town of Balranald is located on the Murrumbidgee River 859 km from Sydney. Originally inhabited by the Wemba-Wemba Aboriginal group, who called the area 'Nap Nap', Balranald was probably the first town settled on the New South Wales side of the river. Balranald is now one of the major entry points to the Lake Mungo National Park and the recently opened Yanga National Park.


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Accommodation at Lake Paika Station


paika-double-02Enjoy unique accommodation in the recently restored Workmen's Quarters.

Completely self-contained, the accommodation offers 4 twin share bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, with two shared bathrooms.

The accommodation also offers a Laundry facility for Guest convenience.

There is a spacious Kitchen and Dining room, complete with open fire for those chilly winter evenings.

All rooms are equipped with reverse cycle air conditioning, ceiling fans and electric blankets.

A BBQ and fire pit (BYO wood) for camp oven cooking is provided for guest use.

We also have camp ovens available for Guest use.



By prior arrangement Breakfast and Dinner Hampers are available for Guests to cook at their leisure!

Breakfast Hampers:

Choose from:
Continental or Full breakfast

Dinner Hampers

Choose from:

  • Prime Scotch Fillet steak ($32/person)
  • Atlantic Salmon, or Lamb Loin Chops ($30/person)
  • All hampers are provided with a fresh garden salad or vegetables in season and a locally made crusty bread.
  • The Workmen's Quarters are ideal for small Corporate Functions, training, presentations etc. With catering available by prior arrangement.


  • Caravans, Camp trailers and Tents are welcome!
  • A Camp Kitchen is now available for Guest convenience.
  • Powered sites near amenities are now even more attractive with extensive lawn areas.
  • Unpowered “bush camp” sites are available, complete with long drop toilets, fire buckets, campfire pit and rubbish bins.
  • There is a new modern Ablution block for your convenience.
  • Please provide own wood for camp sites when fires are permitted.
  • We are “pet friendly” (conditions apply)


  • Caravans and Camper Trailers – powered site $40/day
  • Unpowered site - $35/day
  • Tents - $20/day
  • Please note: Prices are subject to change without notice.

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Things to do at Lake Paika and around Balranald

Guests are invited to fish, yabby, (fishing rods, tackle and yabby nets available free of charge, BYO bait) swim, bird watch, bush walk, cycle we have bicycles available free of charge for Guest use, canoe and photograph the historic buildings, homestead gardens and diverse birdlife.
Alternatively, relax lakeside with a good book and a pair of binoculars! We are situated between Yanga National Park and Mungo National Parks and are just 5 minutes by car from the historic Homebush Hotel, where you can experience a yarn with the locals, cold beers and great meals.

  • Lake Paika Homestead Gardens provide a spectacular Wedding & Function Venue
  • The recently restored Homestead Drawing Room, Bedroom and Main hallway, complete with Chandeliers and Old World charm are now available for hire.
  • Perfect for the bride on her special day, formal family portraits and small Corporate meetings.
  • Catering is available upon request.
  • Catered Alfresco Dining is available in the Homestead Gardens for groups of up to 40.
  • Luncheons, High Tea and Devonshire Tea are available.
  • We also offer “Princess Parties”, ideally suited for the under 12 age group, a mini High Tea! 
  • (Please note a minimum of 10 is required for Luncheons, High Teas, Devonshire Teas and Princess Parties, also strictly by prior arrangement)
  • Lake Paika Cruises are now available aboard our 8 seater Pontoon!
  • Experience the amazing Sunset cruise, with nibbles available upon request.
  • Canoe hire is also available.
  • Coaches welcome but booking essential.

There is much to see and do in and around Balranald:

  • Visit the Interpretative Pavilion, The Museum, The Old Gaol, the Wintong School and the Skate Park all at the Discovery Centre
  • Try Balranald’s “Free Bike Hire” and cycle around the town
  • See Aboriginal Art and Craft at the Discovery Centre and The Gallery
  • Visit the Art Gallery with its many exhibitions
  • Walk the Heritage and Military Trails and see the Swing Bridge
  • Visit the Royal Theatre
  • Birdwatching enthusiasts can walk the Ben Scott Memorial Bird Trail (seasonal)
  • Take an Outback Geo Adventure’s tour to Yanga and Mungo
  • Visit the Friends of the Southern Cross Museum where a replica Southern Cross plane is housed
  • Of course, Balranald also offers wonderful parks with playground equipment for those travelling with children, or the young at heart. A swimming pool in the heart of town is the ideal spot to cool off in the warmer months
  • See interesting shops and enjoy the town’s restaurants and eateries
  • If you are looking for a place surrounded by kilometres of river, landscapes teeming with life and where the sound of birds is the most popular music, Balranald is the place for you!
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Getting to Lake Paika Accommodation

Lake Paika Accommodation is 17.25kms north of Balranald on the Mungo (Ivanhoe Road). Just look for the steam engine on the left.

Coming from Balranald, whether it be from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra, just follow the signs to Mungo National Park, Lake Paika is 17.25kms out the Mungo (Ivanhoe Road). Look for the Steam Engine! Turn left into the Homestead, unsealed 1.5kms, also with a wet weather road.

Driving to Balranald

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There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to the Balranald.

The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your Outback Beds experience.

From Brisbane:

Warrego Highway <> Newell Highway <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 1,490km approx

From Sydney:

Hume Highway <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 885km approx

From Melbourne:

Calder Freeway <> Murray Valley Highway <> Mallee Hwy <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 437km aprox

From Adelaide: 

Mallee Highway <> Sturt Highway: Distance = 528km approx


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Touring Routes

  • Experience the awe-inspiring landscapes and the anthropological significant Lake Mungo as well as a taste of the lower Darling including Menindee Lakes before heading upstream and to Wilcannia and onto the iconic opal town of White Cliffs… this touring route is a must for the adventure minded.

  • A taste of the Outback, Food and Wine; Griffith to Mildura. Getting to the Riverina and South West NSW is easy! If driving to the area major highways from Sydney, Melbourne lead to Griffith or coming from Adelaide to Mildura. Fly in and out options are also available, with major airports at each end, in Griffith and Mildura, that have daily flights servicing Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. Many of the large hire car and camper-van companies are available for hire at each destination.


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What others have said

This has been a truly memorable immersion in local and natural history, and in such a beautiful place too. The wealth of documented information really helps one to see the many connections between Paika, Yanga and the region, the rivers, and the outside world.

Thankyou Dianne & Iain. Our stay was amazing and give it 10/10. Too bad we have to go back to school! Look forward to coming back!

Di and Iain, thanks for a fantastic 3 day experience. The view 10/10, the waterbirds 10/10. The cooking OMG!!! 13/10

This is such a beautiful part of the world and there could be no better gateway for Mungo than to stay at Paika Station. There is so much love in this place!

Fluffy towels, fluffy eggs and fluffy knitting! Thank you for such a heartfelt and quality stay.

Heaven! Paradise! Wish we could stay longer!

Hello Dianne, thankyou so much for welcoming us to your remarkable home. All Australians should know what an extraordinary achievement you have made for the environment, flora and fauna! We have made the most of all Paika has to offer. Stunning, see you soon.

Dianne & Iain looked after us so well – beautiful accommodation. Innovative modern food, nothing was too much trouble. Love Balranald, will return.

Dianne & Iain – what a magnificent property you have here at Paika. It has been an extremely special stay for us. Your attention to detail, your catering and warm hospitality second to none. We hope to bring some flying friends back with us next time!

Always an absolute delight to spend time at Paika Station with Di, the perfect hostess. We appreciate your sharing of country with us and always look forward to returning!

Thank you for sharing your piece of paradise & making us feel so welcome. Dianne, you and your contribution to our planet is heartwarming.



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