Lake Paika, Outback NSW

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.


Lake Paika Accommodation

  • Workman's Quarters:

    • Enjoy unique accommodation in the recently restored Workman's Quarters.
    • Completely self contained, the accommodation offers 4 twin share bedrooms and 1 double bedroom, with two shared bathrooms.
    • 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 camp oven cooking facility is provided for guest use.
    • We also have camp ovens available for Guest use.
    • Rates are $60/person/night/twin share with all linen provided, or $50/person/night/twin share no linen provided. $70/person/night - single rate.
    • The Workman's Quarters are ideal for small Corporate Functions, training, presentations etc. With catering available upon request.
  • Unpowered Camp Sites :

    • Unpowered camp sites are available at $30/night. Please provide own wood for camp sites when fires are permitted.
    • Breakfast Hampers and BBQ packs are available by arrangement.
    • Full catering is available, delivered to you, also by prior arrangement.

Getting To

Lake Paika Location:

Getting to Lake Paika:

  • Lake Paika Accommodation is 17 kms north of Balranald on the Ivanhoe Road.
  • Our entranced is maked by a steam engine on the left.

Driving to Balranald


There are many different routes that can be taken when driving from any of the capital cities to Balranald. The following is an overview of the routes from Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide that may help you in planning your outback 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


See & Do

Lake Paika & Balranald See and Do

  • Lake Paika:

    • 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), bird watch, bush walk, cycle we have bicycles available free of charge for guest use, canoe (BYO) and photograph the historic buildings 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 we are just five 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 are fast becoming a popular Wedding & Function Venue.
    • Catering for groups of up to 40 available by request, including Christmas parties, luncheons, morning & afternoon teas.
    • Coaches welcome but booking essential.
  • Balranald:

    • Visit the Interpretative Pavilion, The Museum, The Old Gaol, the Wintong School and the skate park all at the Discovery Centre.
    • See Aboriginal art and craft at the Discovery Centre and gallery
    • Walk the Heritage and Military Trails and see the Swing Bridge
    • Visit the Royal Theatre
    • Ben Scott Memorial Bird Trail.
    • Take an outback Geo Adventure’s tour to Yanga and Mungo
    • Of course, Balranald also offers wonderful parks with playground equipment for those travelling with children, or the young at heart.
    • See interesting shops and enjoy the town’s restaurants and eateries

More About Our Place

Lake Paika (cont)

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!

Towns & Touring

Towns & Touring:

Lake Paika - Touring & Towns

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.
Towns & Localities
In theory it is nothing more than the remnants of an ancient lake (completely dry and with ancient sand dunes running 20+ km along one side) in the middle of the New South Wales outback. In reality it is one of the most significant anthropological and archaeological sites in the world.
National Parks


Map & Contact Us

Contact Lake Paika Accommodation

For bookings and further details contact:

Lake Paika Accommodation

1725 Ivanhoe Road, Balranald,NSW, 2715

Ph: 03 5020 1653 Mob: Mobile:0427 206801

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This traffic region is bounded by Broken Hill and the South Australian border to the west to Mudgee and the Blue Mountains in the east. This region extends as far north as Tibooburra and the Queensland border and as far south as Cowra and Marsden. The region includes the towns of Dubbo, Parkes and Bourke. There are currently 0 hazards in this region.

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