Balranald Travel Guide

  • Hells Gate
    Hells Gate
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    Hells Gate
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  • Balranald Bakery - great bread, cakes and pies
    Balranald Bakery - great bread, cakes...
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    Balranald Bakery - great bread, cakes and pies

    by wabat Updated Mar 1, 2014

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    A small bakery on the main street - you can't miss it.

    While not in itself warranting a trip from either, this is a great lunch stop about half way between Sydney and Adelaide about 600km from Adelaide and 700km from Sydney. Perfect to for morning or afternoon tea stop.

    Homemade bread and cake and very good coffee to boot. Award winning pies also on the menu.

    Delicious filled baguette and coffee less than A$10

    When I passed through Balranald last in January 2014 I noticed that another rather nice looking cafe had opened next door to the bakery. I didnt have time to try it out though there were a few patrons. Perhaps worth considering if you pass by.

    Favorite Dish: Baguettes - made on premises

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Balranald Off The Beaten Path

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    by wabat Updated Mar 1, 2014

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    Hells Gate is the entrance to a 13,000 hectares farming property on the flat Hay Plain in outback New South Wales between Hay and Balranald on a featureless stretch of saltbush, which is generally accepted to be the flattest region on earth.

    While Banjo Paterson’s (famous Australian poet and writer of Waltzing Matilda) 1896 (est) poem Hay and Hell and Booligal was extremely uncomplimentary of nearby Booligal , Hell and Hays suffered by association.

    While not much to look at from the gate the property includes 1,000 hectares of irrigated crops and pasture and a feedlot with the capacity to feed 5,000 head of cattle.

    Don’t steal the sign – that’s been done three times now and no naked photos please – that’s been done before as well.

    The property is private property and not open to the public.

    May Hells Gate inspire you in the way it has bush poets and nude photographers down the ages.

    The station entrance is located 50kms west of Balranald on the Sturt Highway. When you visit some of Australia's better known cities here is how far you will be from Hell!

    Brisbane: 1,450km
    Sydney: 800km
    Melbourne: 390km
    Adelaide: 605km

    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Historical Travel

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