Inland southern NSW - Balranald area

Playing on the Murrumbidgee. Murrumbidgee Council.

Known as the gateway to Outback NSW, the Balranald area encompasses a diverse natural landscape. This includes the world famous Mungo and Yanga National Parks and access to the Five Rivers – the Murrumbidgee, Murray, Wakool, Edward and Lachlan Rivers – which meander and converge within the Balranald Shire. All are on Balranald’s doorstep. This is a ‘bucket list’ spot for keen anglers and water sports lovers or those who simply enjoy relaxing beside some of Australia’s most iconic rivers.

The Balranald area is known for the positive and welcoming nature of its schools and communities. This area is perfect for those seeking to further their career within a friendly, welcoming community boasting a relaxed lifestyle as well as quality facilities and services.

Within Balranald area, housing prices are well below those of capital and major cities, offering newcomers the opportunity to invest in the property market or build their dream home. Working at a local school, you’ll not only enhance your career but you could also be eligible for a rural teacher incentive with a value of $20,000 per annum as well as other great professional benefits.

Towns include:

'From beautiful scenery, loads of things to see and do, great facilities like health and medical facilities to low cost housing and friendly locals, Balranald has it all.'


Balranald area


Getting there

On the Sturt Highway near Yanga National Park, Balranald is a scenic road trip from Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. The drive west from the Riverina wine region town of Griffith is less than three hours.


Schools in the area offering incentives and benefits include:

Keeping connected

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Shopping and dining

Just near the Balranald Discovery Centre is a buzzing retail strip, which includes gift and fashion shops, chemist, butcher, bakery, cafés, take-away shop, hardware store, newsagent and two grocery stores.

Benefits and incentives

Learn more about the specific financial benefits available across a range of rural and remote NSW destinations.

Be inspired

Hear from teachers who have chosen careers in rural and remote destinations.


Get answers to your questions about teaching in rural and remote schools.

Contact us

Contact the Human Resources Policy and Compliance team via for enquiries relating to the rural and remote benefits and incentives. Existing employees of the department can contact EdConnect on 1300 32 32 32 (select option 3) or log an online query.

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