Grong Grong

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Grong Grong
New South Wales
The town of Grong Grong
Grong Grong is located in New South Wales
Grong Grong
Grong Grong
Coordinates 34°43′0″S 146°47′0″E / 34.71667°S 146.78333°E / -34.71667; 146.78333Coordinates: 34°43′0″S 146°47′0″E / 34.71667°S 146.78333°E / -34.71667; 146.78333
Population 250 (2016 census)[1]
Postcode(s) 2652
Elevation 162 m (531 ft)
LGA(s) Narrandera Shire
County Bourke
State electorate(s) Cootamundra
Federal Division(s) Riverina

Grong Grong /ˈɡrɒŋ ˈɡrɒŋ/ is a small town that is located in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Australia. The town is situated on the Newell Highway, 23 kilometres (14 mi) east of Narrandera in the Shire of Narrandera.

The name Grong Grong is an Aboriginal term meaning "bad camping ground" or "very bad camping ground".[2][3]


Like many rural localities in the area, the population level has progressively declined over a number of years, evidenced as follows:

Selected historical census data for Grong Grong state suburb
Census year 2001 2006[4] 2011[5] 2016[1]
Population Estimated residents on Census night unavailable 537 391 250


The Grong Grong post office was opened on 1 November 1881.[6]

The town has a railway station on the Hay branch off the Main South Line. However, the line has closed so with it has the station. Only part of the line is used by a weekly passenger train to Griffith which does not stop at the station. Grong Grong can be accessed by coaches that stop at the town on the way to Hay and Mildura.

Berembed Weir is located 20km south of the town.[7] The weir diverts water from the Murrumbidgee River into the main canal which flows onto the Murrimbidgee Irrigation Area to serve irrigation farmers in the Leeton and Griffith area. The weir and nearby reserve is popular among local anglers, as well as the various riverside locations situated just 5km to Grong Grong's south.


Australian rules football is the most popular sport with the local team, Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong playing in the Riverina Football League[8].

Regular sporting events include Golf, Tennis and Softball, all hosted at the Grong Grong Sports Club.

Grong Grong also hosts annual sporting events such as the Grong Grong Rodeo, Team Penning and Gymkhana.

Heritage listings[edit]

Grong Grong has a number of heritage-listed sites, including:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Australian Bureau of Statistics (27 June 2017). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2016 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 3 February 2018.  Edit this at Wikidata
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. Place Names of Australia. Forestville, NSW: Reed Books. p. 110. ISBN 0-589-07115-7. 
  3. ^ "Search: Grong Grong". Geoscience Australia. Australian Government. 
  4. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (25 October 2007). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2006 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 29 September 2009. 
  5. ^ Australian Bureau of Statistics (31 October 2012). "Grong Grong (State Suburb)". 2011 Census QuickStats. Retrieved 5 January 2015.  Edit this at Wikidata
  6. ^ "Post office list". Premier postal history. Retrieved 11 June 2009. 
  7. ^ "Berembed weir, between Wagga and Narrandera closed by WaterNSW". Fairfax. The Daily Advertiser. April 14, 2017. Retrieved 18 February 2018. 
  8. ^ "2018 Arthur J Gallagher Riverina FNL Seniors". SportsTG. Sports TG. Retrieved March 9, 2018. 
  9. ^ "Wooden Wicket - Berembed Weir Site, New South Wales State Heritage Register (NSW SHR) Number H00968". New South Wales State Heritage Register. Office of Environment and Heritage. Retrieved 18 May 2018. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Grong Grong, New South Wales at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station   NSW Branch lines   Following station
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Hay Line
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