Adventure is part of daily life in the Lachlan region of NSW. With such a large area to explore, we have compiled a list of some of the best and most unique sites to ensure you get the most out of your trip to the Heart of NSW.
THE CENTRE OF NSW
Start your journey at the exact geographical centre of NSW, found some 42km west of Tottenham and market by a cairn. It is located on the eastern side of Cockies Road, 5km south of the Five Ways intersection. For GPS navigators, the location is 147 1’56” E, 32 9’47” S.
UTES IN THE PADDOCK
If you are traveling to Condobolin from Parkes along the Henry Parkes Way, make sure you stop at the ‘Utes in the Paddock’. This unique attraction is an outdoor gallery just 3km down Mulguthrie Road near Ootha. Various models of Holden utes act as a canvas for the completion of high quality ‘uteworks’ that celebrate bush life in Australia. The collection features works by some of Australia’s best known artists, including John Murray, Shane Gehlert, Peter Brown, Adam Cullen and Condobolin’s own Karen Tooth.
Journey back in time at Condobolin’s Lachlander Museum. The Lachlander was one of the last newspapers in Australia to change from 'hot metal' printing to computerisation, only making the change on a permanent basis in January 2004. All the equipment that was previously used has been kept complete and is available for inspection, including three presses and two intertype machines, one of which was manufactured in England and the other in America.
Lachlander Museum is located at 46 Bathurst St, Condobolin, NSW.
CONDOBOLIN HISTORICAL MUSEUM
The Condobolin Historical Museum contains a variety of displays depicting Condobolin’s pioneers, including a local WW1 Centenary display. Information on local and family history is available along with books and post cards.
The Condobolin Historical Museum is located at 35 Bathurst St, Condobolin, NSW.
THE CONDOBOLIN COMMUNITY CENTRE CRAFT SHOP
The Condobolin Community Centre Craft Shop displays handmade craft items and souvenirs available for purchase. Items include knitted baby jackets and booties, scarfs, tea pot covers, coat hangers and soft toys. There is also a selection of locally made relish, jam and pickles and a large selection of preloved books.
The Condobolin Community Centre Craft Shop is located on the corner of Denison and Bathurst Streets, Condobolin, NSW.
CONDOBOLIN RAILWAY MUSEUM
The Condobolin Railway Museum is housed in the former railway barracks and is a must see for railway enthusiasts. The barracks building is described by the NSW Department of Heritage and the Environment as ‘the best extant example of a rest house constructed from precast concrete in NSW in the 1920’s’, but that alone does not make it a compulsory stop for visiting rail enthusiasts. This unique collection focuses on items with a direct connection to Condobolin and the surrounding district. Items include the former Micabil railway station building, a four-wheel S truck, a four-wheel water gin and many smaller items housed within the well preserved barracks and out-buildings.
The Condobolin Railway Museum is located in Madline St, on the northern side of the Condobolin rail yard, Condobolin, NSW.
WIRADJURI CULTURAL CENTRE
The Wiradjuri Cultural Centre was constructed with the express purpose of promoting the study and understanding of Wiradjuri culture. The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation and cultural awareness. There is also an art gallery and a yarn up space for visitors to gather and enjoy the environment.
The Wiradjuri Cultural Centre is located on the corner of Cunningham and McDonnell Streets, Condobolin, NSW.
THE WESTERN PLAINS REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT BUILDING
The Western Plains Regional Development building houses a traditional basket weaving display made by local artist, Bev Coe. Also on display are stone artefacts collected by local man Stan Dodgson and a permanent display of Aboriginal family history, which will be of interest to history buffs.
The Western Plains Regional Development building is located at 18 William Street, Condobolin, NSW.
GOOBOTHERY MONUMENT / KINGS GRAVE
Goobothery Monument / Kings Grave is found on the Lachlan Valley Way between Condobolin and Euabalong. Surveyor General John Oxley documented the Kings Grave location on 29 July 1817 on his return journey when exploring the Lachlan River. This site is a sacred burial site of an Aboriginal chief who drowned while crossing the river in a flood. On the 21 July 1913 (96 years later), Edmund Milne and a party of men located one of the carved trees still intact and the lower portion of the other. The two carved trees were removed and relocated to the Australian Museum in Sydney and a stone cairn and replica posts were erected to commemorate the Oxley expedition and the discovery of the sacred site. Today the site is over 198 years old and is recognised with interpretative signage and a picnic bench for visitors to stop and appreciate the significance of this historical site.
SIGNATURE ALPACA FARM
On your way to Burcher, be sure to visit the Signature Alpaca Farm: a working farm run on 3000 acres of cropping and grazing country. Come out and see some of the young cria (baby alpacas) and if the weather is good, enjoy a "Picnic in the Paddock” with the alpacas. This is a chance to get up close and personal with these curious creatures.
Signature Alpaca Farm is located 33km south of Condobolin, NSW.
The farm chapel ‘Christ the King’ is a fascinating attraction situated on a property bordering the Lachlan River called “Bolo”. The idea for this farm chapel came from owner Walter Bachmann and his memories of his farm chapel on his family property in Switzerland, combined with a dream of the visionary Swiss National Saint, Bruder Klaus, whose image is depicted in one of the frescos adorning the outside of the chapel.
This spectacular farm chapel is of a circular design, representing the form of eternity. The domed roof is highlighted in the interior with a vast fresco adorning the ceiling and the building incorporates the chapel on the upper floor and a priests' residence on the ground floor. A gallery walk around the outside of the chapel displays three mosaics created over a period of months from thousands of finely cut and polished stones depicting Christ the Teacher, St Joseph with baby Jesus and St Nicholas von Flüe. The interior of the chapel is engulfed by the fresco covering the domed ceiling, representing the universe and Christ the King after the visions of St Nicholas von Flüe.
‘Christ the King’ is located on Lake Cargelligo River Rd, 50km west of Condobolin, NSW.
LAKE CARGELLIGO HISTORICAL SOCIETY MUSEUM
To get an insight into what life was like in Lake Cargelligo in the early days, a visit to the Lake Cargelligo Historical Society Museum is a must. Managed by a dedicated team of volunteers, the museum boasts a large and diverse collection of items specific to Lake Cargelligo and the surrounding area. Spend hours in the grounds outside viewing the rural machinery used for ploughing the land or harvesting crops, take a tour or browse inside the museum through household relics from bygone years. The collection has been carefully catalogued and offers visitors a comprehensive insight into the lives of Lake Cargelligo locals. From the first pair of water skis used on the lake, to the telephone exchange, local fire fighters’ uniforms, sewing machines, lamps and lanterns and much more.
The Lake Cargelligo Historical Society Museum also boasts a unique display of working draught horses which are on display at the museum annually on the June Long Weekend Museum Open Day or by appointment for large groups.
Lake Cargelligo Historical Society Museum is located on Holt St, Lake Cargelligo,NSW.
LAKE CARGELLIGO TOURIST INFORMATION CENTRE
The Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre houses the unique Alf Tyack Stone Butterfly and Gem Collection and is perfect to stop for information on Lake Cargelligo and the surrounding area. Lake Cargelligo souvenirs and local art and craft are also available from this centre.
The Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre is located at 1 Foster St, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.
Deadmans Point at Lake Cargelligo is the location of several Aboriginal freshwater shell middens. Shell middens were formed by the accumulation of shells by Aboriginal people collecting, cooking and eating fresh water mussels over a long period of time. They are usually found along river banks, swamps and lakes. This particular midden at Deadman’s Point contains the freshwater mussel. This midden is fairly large and would be the result of many meals eaten. Some large middens also contain burials.
KEJOLE KOORI ART STUDIO
The Kejole Koori Art Studio showcases local Aboriginal artwork, with items on display including pottery, jewellery, didgeridoos, clapping sticks, paintings and merchandise like coffee cups and tea towels.
Kejole Koori Art Studio is located at 98 Grace St, Lake Cargelligo, NSW.