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Balmoral is a tiny town nestled on the banks of the Glenelg River. The area is famed for its river red gums and its rustic countryside where the wool industry is still thriving.

This destination was once referred to as “Darrangurt” by the local Aborigines, who created large drainage systems which date back to 1700AD, some of which are still well-preserved.

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The township slowly began to unfold on the river crossing, particularly catering to travellers Adelaide and Melbourne. Some of the first European settlers referred to the area as Black Swamp, though it was renamed Balmoral once the first town survey was completed, in honour of the Scotland royal home.

Balmoral today is a delightful mix of art, culture, nature, and history. If you’re looking to get away from the big city for unique experiences, this is the place to go. For history, check out the historic Courthouse and Gaol. The Stanmore Folk Sculpture is not to be missed; located at the historic home of artist Betty Trottman which dates back to the 1860s, visitors are also encouraged to explore the area and appreciate her cottage gardens.

Recreational attractions in Balmoral include the Seymour Park and Longfella Park; both of which are highly recommended if you are travelling with children. They are both equipped with picnic facilities and are set in a lovely area.

A major highlight in Balmoral is the Rocklands Reservoir, famous for terrific boating and fishing. It’s a picturesque area, surrounded by forests while campgrounds are found in open woodlands. Other highlights of Rocklands Reservoir include Aboriginal rock art, colourful wildflowers, and sweeping views.

For a little more history, check out the Glendinning Homestead; located by the southwestern portion of the Rocklands Reservoir. Here, you’ll find a shearing shed that dates back to the 1850s, but the star of the show is the elegant Edwardian homestead made entirely out of bricks back in 1909. On-site is a private wildlife sanctuary, as well as a beautiful garden.

Other attractions in Balmoral include the Fulham Streamside Reserve and the Mt Talbot Scenic Reserve.

If you are looking for a place to stay, there are hotels and caravan parks available, or there is quite a lot of accommodation down in Hamilton.

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