Lake Cargelligo is a beautiful two-in-one destination: it’s a striking body of water and a charming small country town. Situated south west of Condobolin, the lake was first discovered in 1817 by explorer John Oxley, with the area finally gazetted over sixty years later in 1879. These days, the town is a hub of activity, and a popular destination for travellers seeking to get away from it all.
Beautiful, tranquil and unspoilt, Lake Cargelligo is like an oasis in the centre of NSW. The picturesque landscape is dominated by the meandering Lachlan River, while the plains are characterised by the presence of agriculture, grains and silos. Naturally stunning, the town is truly a breath of fresh air.
The lake has evolved over time to become an aquatic playground, offering opportunities for sailing, water skiing, swimming and fishing. Those in search of a more relaxed pace will also relish the bird watching possibilities, with Australian pelicans, black swans, great crested grebes, rare bower birds and black cockatoos just some of the protected species that call the lake home.
Come and explore this exciting pocket of NSW for yourself!