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Explore & Discover 

Something to see & do at every corner

With Paika Lake, the wetlands and stunning birdlife at your accommodation doorstep, the beautiful gardens of Paika Homestead only meters away, historical buildings and curiosities on the grounds, tours to Mungo and Yanga National Parks available, and the town of Balranald only 20 minutes away, there is no shortage of wonderful activities to occupy you should you wish to.  But if all you want is to just chill with a good book on the shores of the beautiful Lake watching the array of birds and wildlife go by, then Paika is the place for you.

Paika Lake & Wetlands

The Lake and wetlands offers a number of lakeside activities for your leisure:
  • Hire a kayak and row on and around the lake (kayak is available on request)
  • Row to and stop for a picnic on one of the sandy beaches - why not order one of our picnic hampers!
  • Make sure you always have you binoculars handy so you can have a close up view of the many stunning water birds around the lake and in the area
  • Take a lovely walk around the lake which a favourite activity with our guest
  • Fish or yabby on the Lake (fishing rods, tackle & yabby nets are available free of charge, BYO bait)
  • Take a refreshing swim in the Lake
  • Relax lakeside with a good book and binoculars (and maybe with one of our yummy hampers).
  • In the evenings, sit on the veranda and admire the array of stunning colours of the magical sunsets over the Lake
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Take beautiful photos of the lake
Take beautiful photos of the lake

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Aerial View of Paika Lake
Aerial View of Paika Lake

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Birdlife - Australasian Darter
Birdlife - Australasian Darter

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Take beautiful photos of the lake
Take beautiful photos of the lake

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The Paika Homestead & Gardens

Only meters from your accommodation is the Paika Homestead and charming gardens
  • Paika homestead was constructed in 1875 from locally-fired bricks, at a cost of £8 000.
  • The historic homestead has been lovingly restored and maintained over the past years.
  • Dianne and Iain welcome guests to stroll the gardens and take in all the charm of this garden... there's so much to see.  Beautiful flowers, kitchen garden, fruit trees, ornaments, and quiet nooks where you can sit and reflect for awhile.  You will soon see why the Paika gardens and the Paika grounds is a favourite location for weddings.
  • Don't forget your camera!
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Perfect description of Paika gardens
Perfect description of Paika gardens

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Stunning pathway to the fountain
Stunning pathway to the fountain

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Gorgeous garden entry
Gorgeous garden entry

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Perfect description of Paika gardens
Perfect description of Paika gardens

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Historic Buildings & Curiosities of Yesteryear

Take a stroll around the grounds and get a feel for times gone by...
  • Take your camera with you and photograph some of the old out-buildings on the Paika grounds
  • As you stroll around the Paika grounds and the Paika Homestead gardens you will spot a number of old curiosities at every corner.
  • TAKE A LOOK at the photos in the carousel below and see how many of these you can find around the grounds!
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Old out-buildings on the Paika grounds
Old out-buildings on the Paika grounds

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Old tractor and bric-a-bracs
Old tractor and bric-a-bracs

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The wonderful old steam engine at the Paika Station entrance
The wonderful old steam engine at the Paika Station entrance

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Old out-buildings on the Paika grounds
Old out-buildings on the Paika grounds

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Tours to Mungo & Yanga National Parks

Tours by local award-winning tour operator Outback Geo Adventures
  • See the magnificent sites of World Heritage Listed Mungo National Park & the Willandra Lakes region including the magical Walls of China.
  • Take in the wonders of Yanga National Park including the Yanga Woolshed, Yanga Homestead & Yanga Lake.  During the wet season the beauty of the wetlands come alive with stunning wildlife and birdlife
  • Your host German (pronounced "Herman") is a fabulous guide with a wealth of knowledge on both Mungo and Yanga National Parks - the history, environmental factors, the fauna and flora and more....and he will have a few surprises up his sleeve!  You are guaranteed of a memorable time.
  • Outback Geo Adventures offer a pick up service for guests staying at Paika.
  • For more details on Outback Geo Adventures and the tours please go to: 
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Walls of China - Mungo NP
Walls of China - Mungo NP

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At the sign to the Willandra Lakes Region and to Mungo National Park
At the sign to the Willandra Lakes Region and to Mungo National Park

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Yanga Lake
Yanga Lake

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Walls of China - Mungo NP
Walls of China - Mungo NP

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Balranald & Surrounds

Balranald is a gem on the banks of the Murrumbidgee with lots of surprises!
  • Visit the Interpretative Pavilion, The Museum, The Old Gaol, the Wintong School and the Skate Park all at the Discovery Centre

  • Delicious homemade food is available at the Discovery Centre Café.  Whilst you enjoy a break in the café, your children will love the skate park and the fenced playground.

  • 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 venture across the Swing Bridge

  • Visit the Royal Theatre and take note of the beautiful stained glass

  • 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 replica Southern Cross planes are 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!

  • For more details contact the Visitor Information Centre on 1800 444 043 or go to the website: 
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Balranald Discovery Centre
Balranald Discovery Centre

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Balranald Shopping Strip
Balranald Shopping Strip

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The Gallery Frog as part of the Frog Sculpture Trail
The Gallery Frog as part of the Frog Sculpture Trail

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Balranald Discovery Centre
Balranald Discovery Centre

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Other Activities

Just a few more ideas!
  • Take a 5 minute drive north of Paika and have a cold drink, meal and have a chat with the locals at the iconic Homebush Hotel 
  • Cycle around the grounds and area 
  • We provide board games, playing cards and magazines if you want to relax in the comfortable lounge and dining area and in the colder months we provide wood for the open fire.
  • And when the sun goes down and its a little cool why not get a roaring fire going in the outside fire pit and relax with one of our dinner hampers with a cold beer or wine. (BYO wood)
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The Homebush Hotel
The Homebush Hotel

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Pulling a cold one at the Homebush Hotel
Pulling a cold one at the Homebush Hotel

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A roaring fire is a perfect way to relax facing the Lake at sunset
A roaring fire is a perfect way to relax facing the Lake at sunset

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The Homebush Hotel
The Homebush Hotel

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