There is something quite magical about Lake Cargelligo. The history, culture, landscape , agriculture, views and sense of wide-brown-land are an experience that gives the visitor a feeling of where we are from. The people of our area exude the sense of welcoming and friendliness that comes from a landscape which has elements of isolation and hardship – all the people in the region are ‘people-people’. Just ask them a question and they’ll willingly give you the answer.... There is much to do here, but much more to experience.
Part of Lake Cargelligo is a bird sanctuary, making it very popular for Bird Watching. Large numbers of water birds inhabit Lake Cargelligo and its waterways, while nearby Round Hill Reserve and Nombinnie Reserve are also ideal for bird watching.
Both of these reserves, located in Mallee Country, support a variety of rare and threatened species. Binoculars and bird guides can be hired from the Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre.
Fishing is a wonderful way to pass the time in Lake Cargelligo and on the nearby Lachlan River. It is popular all year round with cod, silver perch and redfin for the taking. The inland rivers and lakes of the area provide some of the best sweet-water angling in the country. The fishing is set in the background of the quintessential inland river, with its slow waters, deep pools, fallen tree fish habitats, all near deep weirs, and shaded camping spots.
Sport plays a large role in the Lake Cargelligo community and the town boasts excellent flood-lit tennis courts, a football oval overlooking the lake, netball courts, squash courts, 9 hole gold course and cricket fields. The town is also proud of its swimming pool, Bowling Club and two boat ramps, all kept in excellent condition.
Lake Cargelligo Museum showcases the history of Lake Cargelligo. A large number of agricultural implements are on display, as well as equipment from the old hospital and the town’s manual telephone exchange.
The Museum is open Wednesday and by appointment on other days.
A working draught horse display can also be organised by locals Steve and Jan Johnson. Watch Steve and his team plough a paddock with pinpoint accuracy and run a chaff cutter and mill grinder.
Kejole Koori Art Studio displays a wide range of Aboriginal arts and crafts made by local people. The studio specialises in paintings, sculptures, pottery, jewellery, didgeridoos, clapping sticks and more. Visitors to Kejole Koori Art Studio can purchase items on display at very reasonable prices.
Visit the local Cemetery for historical enthusiasts. There you will find the headstone and grave of bushranger John Bow – arrested for his part in the Escort Rock Gold Robbery.
Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre houses the unique Alf Tyack Stone Butterfly and Gem Collection. It is also a great stopping point for souvenirs, local art and craft, and information on Lake Cargelligo and the Heart of NSW.
The walkway and bicycle track along the Lake’s foreshores is a relaxing way to take in views of the Lake. Signs giving the history of different locations around town have been erected and points of interest include ochre pits, gold stamping, the wool wash and the Wooyeo Woolshed, as well as the railway heritage walk.
The landscape is characterised by the presence of the meandering Lachlan River, the plains dominated by agriculture, grains and silos, and the Urals. In a landscape whose feature is the plains and fields of the west; A landscape where nature defines everything else.
The sparkling lakes provides habitat for birdlife and aquatic species and a wonderland for bird watchers and nature lovers. The cool water of the lakes become a summer playground not only for inland anglers, but for both boating and waterskiing enthusiasts. Lake Cargelligo is natural and is part of a system of lakes which are connected to the Lachlan River by a series of channels.