Lake Cargelligo is a surprisingly attractive small town in the heart of the wide, brown Riverina plains. Built beside the lake of the same name, the town's activities revolve around the water with fishing and regular lake festivals.
1 Foster St; (02) 6898 1501
Nearby national parks
Lake Cargelligo The lake dominates the town and is popular for fishing (silver perch, golden perch and redfin), boating, sailing, waterskiing and swimming. It is also appealing to birdwatchers, being home to many bird species including the rare black cockatoo. There is a historic walkway and bicycle track.
Wagon Rides and Working Horse Demonstrations: can be arranged by appt on (02) 6898 1384. Information centre: houses a large gem collection and carved stone butterflies; Foster St. Kejole Koori Studio: Aboriginal art, jewellery and didgeridoos; Grace St.
Willandra National Park Once one-eighth of a huge merino sheep station, the 20 000 ha park features a restored homestead (offering accommodation), stables, a shearing complex and men's quarters. The buildings house a display of pastoral and natural history of the area. Plains, wetlands and Willandra Creek make up the rest of the park, with a walking track that is best at dawn or dusk to see the myriad waterbirds, kangaroos and emus. The creek is popular for canoeing and fishing. 163 km W.
Murrin Bridge Vineyard:
Murrin Bridge Vineyard:Australia's first Aboriginal wine producer; 13 km N.
Cockies Shed Lavender Farm and Crafty Corner: Tullibegeal; 13 km E.
Lake Brewster: 1500 ha birdwatcher's paradise with fishing and picnic area. No guns, dogs or boats; 41 km W.
Nombinnie Nature Reserve: birdwatching, bushwalking and abundant spring wildflowers Sept–Dec; 45 km N.
Hillston: main street lined with palms, thanks to its situation on top of a large artesian basin. Hillston Lake is popular for watersports and picnics, and a swinging bridge provides access to a nature reserve and walking trail; 93 km SW.
Campsites around town
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Caravan parks around town
Hillston Caravan Park 81 kmThis is a tidy park on the northern edge of town. The park has modern amenities and good facilities, though it can be very busy in the winter months during the peak tourist season. There is also a large influx of fruit... Find out more
Rest areas around town
John Oxley rest area 66 km
63km N of Gilandra (R) or 34km S of Coonamble (L)
Just off the highway among a few trees at the John Oxley memorial.
Weethalle rest area 68 km
Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.
Goolgowi rest area 99 km
108km NE of Hay (L) or 2km SW of Goolgowi (R)
Just off the highway among numerous small trees.
What's on around town
Blue Waters Art Exhibition and Competition: June.
Lake Show: Sept.
Lake Cargelligo Fisharama: Oct.