Balranald Shire offers residents and visitors an array of sporting and recreational facilities.
Greenham Park Sporting Complex
Picturesque Greenham Park, located in the centre of Balranald, accommodates Australian Rules football, Cricket, Netball, Tennis and Horseracing.
With an entrance located off Church Street, Greenham Park offers two sporting ovals. The main oval is superbly grassed and offers around oval parking for spectators. This oval is utilised for senior AFL and cricket, while the smaller oval is used by the juniors.
The main user of the oval facilities is Balranald Football / Netball Club who are affiliated with Central Murray Football Netball League. Competitions run on Saturday’s from April through to August with finals in September.
The complex boasts two new Netball Australia Standards courts. The courts are available for everyday use to non-members on days other than Central Murray Football Netball League competition days.
Balranald Cricket Club is affiliated with the Swan Hill District Cricket Association through Cricket Australia, and have a seasonal competition from October through to March.
Located within the Greenham Park sporting complex with entrance off We Street, Balranald township boasts outdoor tennis courts – four grassed and two hard courts. Lighting is available for early evening / night games on the hard courts only.
Balranald Tennis Club holds an annual competition for children and adults from October through to March, with a break over the Christmas school holidays.
The Balranald Racing Club hosts two annual racing carnivals each year; the Balranald Cup in February / March – a family orientated day out and Derby Day Races in October / November which hosts fashions on field.
Balranald swimming pool is located off Church Street adjacent to Greenham Park sporting facility. The complex consists of three pools; a babies / toddlers pool, a “middle sized” pool for confident swimmers aged from 3 years, and a larger pool.
The pool facility opens seasonally, generally from October through to April depending on the weather. Opening hours are Monday to Friday 3.30pm to 6.30pm, and Saturday and Sunday 11.30am to 6.30pm. The pool does not open if the temperature is less than 26°, although will stay open later on hot days.
Single entry is accepted, or alternatively season tickets are available for regular users.
Balranald Golf Club
Located adjacent to Greenham Park at the corner of We and O’Connor Streets, the facility boasts 9 Grass Greens and Clubrooms. The Balranald Football Club utilise the club rooms for social functions on Friday nights.
Non-members can utilise the greens on non-competition days. Green fees are required for social users/non-members via an honesty system. Fees are $5 for nine holes and $10 for eighteen holes. These fees may change without notice.
The Balranald District Ex-Servicemens Memorial Club, located in Market Street has two bowling greens. The Balranald District Ex-Servicemens Bowling Club holds men’s and ladies pennant meetings and are affiliated with the Murray Valley Bowls Division.
Social bowlers are able to utilise the facilities on non-competition days if they are members of the Club and young adults / children should be accompanied by a parent / guardian.
Balranald Pony Club
Balranald Pony Club Inc. located in O’Connor Street West, is affiliated with Pony Club Victoria and meets on the first Sunday of the month. Disciplines offered are Riders without Horses, Show Jumping, Cross Country, Dressage, Grooming, Horse Trials and Gymkhana Camp.
Parks / Recreation Reserves
Council maintains various parks and playgrounds within the Shire and a number of reserves for recreational use ie sailing, water skiing, fishing, canoeing and other water activities.
Balranald Skate Park
Balranald Discovery Centre – 83 Market Street, Balranald
Council, through community consultation resolved to build a skate park. This very thorough process saw the location of the skate park to be within the Discovery Centre Complex.
Stage one of the skate park project began with the pouring of the slab on the grounds of the Discovery Centre on Friday 21 November 2015, with funds received from Sk8 Park committee, donations and grant money secured by Balranald Inc.
Member for Murrumbidgee Adrian Piccoli was in Balranald on Friday 6th March 2015 to announce that Balranald Shire Council will receive $150,000 funding through the NSW Government’s ClubGrants Category 3 funding program to build a Skate Park and Playground at the Balranald Discovery Centre Park.
“This funding will see the building of a Skate Park and Playground to service the local community and visitors to Balranald with a range of passive and active recreational opportunities in a modern setting.
The funding announced by Mr Piccoli will now allow for stage 2 – construction of the skate park, with works anticipated to begin in July 2015.
Euston Recreation Ground
Located off Carey Street, the Euston Recreation Ground offers a sporting oval and a netball court complex.
The Euston Football / Netball Club is affiliated with the Millewa Football League and competitions run on Saturday’s from April through to August with finals in September.
The courts and football grounds are available for everyday use to non-members on days other than Football / Netball League competition days.
Euston Club Resort, located in Nixon Street caters for both competitive and casual players with a well maintained grass green and a synthetic carpet green.
The greens accommodate a regular pennant competition, with social games held on Thursday’s and Sunday’s.
Visitors may utilise the facilities on non-competition days by calling in at reception to sign in, receive a kit, including bowls and kitty, and instruction if necessary.
Euston is a popular location for water sports, including swimming, water skiing, canoe or kayak and fishing. The recreation reserve, located on Murray Terrace is the ideal location for a picnic on the banks of the Murray River.
If you enjoy throwing in a line, there are many areas for you to choose from. Please ensure you purchase a fishing licence. If you are a keen fisherman, then the Euston Resort Fishing Club might be of interest to you. Please contact the Euston Club Resort reception for more information.
Conveniently located in Murray Terrace, the boat ramp accommodates those wishing to gain access to the mighty Murray River from Euston. The Murray River is very wide and serviceable, and is a potential fun filled area for you to explore.
Euston Regional Park / Kemendok National Park
With so much to see and do, and located just 5 minutes from Euston township, don’t miss the opportunity to explore Euston Regional Park. Find your way there via Cemetery Road and travel approximately 2km. Alternatively you can travel to the Park via Old Tapalin Mail Road and Tapalin Mail Road.
Euston Regional Park offers camping, fishing, walking and cycling trails, canoeing, bird watching or just a relaxing place to take in the magic of nature.
Kemendok National Park, located between Euston and Buronga also offers camping, fishing, walking and cycling trails, canoeing, bird watching or just a relaxing place to take in the magic of nature.
To access Kemendok National Park from Euston, travel west along the Sturt Highway and turn left onto Old Euston Road, 2km west of The Malleefowl Rest Area, and enter via Mallee Cliffs Trail.
Contact the park office in Buronga for more information on 03 5021 8900, or access information directly from the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service website www.nationalparks.nsw.gov.au
Euston Weir and Lock 15
Located within Euston Regional Park, the Lock was originally built in 1934 to allow safe passage for paddle steamers and house boats. It is a popular location for locals and visitors alike.
Access to Lock 15 from Euston is via Cemetery Road. The road is gravelled and can accommodate vehicles (including towing caravans). There is no camping immediately downstream of Lock 15.
While access to the weir and Lock is available from Euston, there is no access across the lock.
Lake Benanee is a large freshwater lake 13 kilometres east of Euston on the road to Balranald (Sturt Highway). It covers, when full, an area of around 750 hectares.
The lake has a beach area and public toilets and is easily seen and accessed from the Sturt Highway.
Lake Benanee Rest Area provides a large gravel parking area with shelters, toilets, bins, lakeside outdoor shower and information bay.