Once considered the end of the Line, Balranald now is a stopping place on the Sturt Highway, that forms the direct link between Sydney and Adelaide. First settled in the 1840s on the site of a fording place of the Murrumbidgee River it gained importance during the river-boat days as a service port for the wool industry. Balranald now services the surrounding grain, sheep, cattle and viticulture industries. Apart from the areas grazed, the country around contains mallee, rosewood and belah woodland and contrasts with the closer settled Victorian side of the Murray River.
The Bend, on the Murrumbidgee River, a shady parking and swimming spot with picnic tables, boat launching ramps and toilets, and at Greenham Park, We Street. This recreation ground caters for football, soccer, cricket, rugby, hockey, basketball, netball, tennis and horse-racing. Adjacent is a three-pool swimming complex and 18-hole golf course. Other facilities provided include showers, toilets and parking areas.
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