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.


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. Caravaning & camping is also available.

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.



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:

Atlantic Salmon, Prime Scotch Fillet steak, or Lamb Loin Chops with a fresh garden salad or vegetables in season and a locally made crusty bread ($30/person)

Full catering is available, delivered to you, also by prior arrangement (3 course $55/person)

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 will be soon available for Guest convenience

For caravans and camp trailers unpowered camp sites are available.

We have recently installed a new modern Ablution block

Please provide own wood for camp sites when fires are permitted.

Please note: Prices are subject to change without notice.

Things to Do

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 (the swimming pool in Homestead gardens available for Guest use) bird watch, bush walk, cycle we have bicycles available free of charge for Guest use, canoe (BYO) 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.

Catered Alfresco Dining is available in the Homestead Gardens for groups of up to 40.

Christmas parties, Luncheons, High Tea, Devonshire Tea and our new addition “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.

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 Here

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


Touring Routes

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.


Guest Book

What others have said

"Thank you so much Dianne for our wonderful stay. Amazing touches everywhere. You have done a fantastic job, thought of everything."

"Can’t thank you enough for the wonderful time we’ve had staying here this week. So beautiful, tranquil & refreshing. All of your little touches such as the yummy treats (ie. Brownies) and welcome packs, the bikes to ride, adorable dogs and wildlife have made it a memorable and enjoyable family holiday."

"What an oasis. We were so impressed we had to extend our stay. Thanks to Di for your thoughtful generosity. We will share our great hideaway with friends. Hope to see you again."

"Thank you for such thoughtful reception for us road weary travellers. It was perfect. This unique accommodation will add many happy memories to our travels through Australia."

"Although we were here for work, because of the location on the lake and your wonderful hospitality, it felt more like a relaxing break. The meals were fantastic, we loved the visits by your kangaroo and enjoyed the fire after sunset. We hope to be back for a third visit."

"Thanks again for another awesome stay. Everything was beautiful, especially the food. See you next time, Cheers."

"Just saying thank you is not enough to express our true gratitude for the wonderful stay and hospitality at Paika. You turned on the birds and we were so appreciative of your commitment to the wetlands. You are fulfilling what others only dream. Don’t think you have seen the last of us!"

"Thank you Di & Iain for your hospitality. Many thanks too for the continued passion & enthusiasm in helping restore this landscape – important for here and the Murrumbidgee system as a whole!"

"Congratulations on the brilliant restoration works you have accomplished – both the accommodation and environmental. We have thoroughly enjoyed our 3 day stay & especially exploring Paika Lake & Paika Creek by canoe & mountain bike. It is wonderful to see this fragile environment flourishing under such careful stewardship."

"This is, without doubt the most enjoyable stay we could possibly have had with the most delicious food ever! Treated as old friends rather than paying guests was a gift beyond
belief. Thank you and we will be back enjoying the best hospitality everyone has ever had."

"Thank you Di & Iain for the memorable time spent at Lake Paika, such peace, such tranquillity. Unsurpassed hospitality. Sublime sunset. The experience was beyond expectation."


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