When we travelled to Condo to meet with the locals we were really pleased with how welcoming and supportive they were, and I have heard this from many people about the great spirit of this town and the other towns in the Lachlan Shire. It is certainly well worth a visit, and if you get there around coffee time why not head to Café Romo, which is a quirky little coffee shop in the main street, with a great friendly atmosphere and most importantly, good coffee.
Other places to drop in for a bite are the Condo RSL which has specials each day of the week in its Bistro as well as offering TAB, Keno and Sky and Fox Channels for the sporting enthusiasts. The next stop should be The Royal Hotel,
owned by a local identity ‘Blue’ Reardon, who you don’t find too often behind the bar, however on the other side chatting to his friends and customers. He is known to introduce any newcomers to the locals as well as the friendly staff. He says it is country hospitality at its best. Blue says he understand what the average punter expects from their local watering hole: cold beer, affordable meals, interactive staff and a great meeting place after a hard day’s work.
The pub now has 22 rooms, 3 bars, a gaming room, TAB and Keno facilities as well as Tasker’s Restaurant, named in
honour of the original owner.
Taskers has fresh seafood delivered every Friday which makes for a gourmet seafood feast, and this includes prawns,
lobsters and a variety of fresh fish. This is a must stop for lunch or dinner and you will not be disappointed. Blue also owns and operates JN Straney & Son Pty. Ltd., which specialises in Livestock sales, rural and residential property
sales, residential property management, auctions and clearing sales. Blue devotes most of his time to livestock sales and his cousin Paddy Reardon specialises in property sales. “There is a lot of change in the farming economy, and this is the best returns I have seen in this industry for over 30 years” Blue said. “I believe the rural property market can only get stronger.”
A newcomer into the Condo main street is Ian Simpson & Co, who are specialising in rural and lifestyle properties. Ian recently changed from Ray White Rural to Ian Simpson & Co in Forbes. Last week Ian Simpson opened his new office in the main street, at 95 Bathurst Street, Condo. Call in and say hello and offer your big Condo welcome to Ian and his team.
Condo also has some unique stores, including Florist La Fleur, which is an amazing find in the main street. Unique, exquisite or just plain amazing, you need to explore this store to see for yourself the tantalising display of stock that is available at Florist La Fleur. When you enter the store, you are immediately hit with so many beautiful scents from candles, diffusers and melts and Florist La Fleur stocks Glasshouse, Circa Home, WoodWick, Koko and Aromabotanicals. Flowers can be arranged for all occasions and delivered to both Lake Cargelligo and Condo.
If you are looking for something a little bit different, there is a large range of bespoke furniture, gifts and homewares to choose from, and they will endeavour to please all taste’s, whether it be rustic, classic or something entirely different. This store is a must stop if you are in Condo. Just along the main street, you will find the Condobolin Swiss Watch Centre, which is a small local jewellery, watch and gift store. Part of the Showcase Jewellers group this allows the Condo Swiss Watch Centre to compete with major chain stores, as well as giving it access to some of the best jewellers in the country. Known as the local watchmakers, they are in a unique position to advise customers
on watch and clock repairs and carry a wide range including Premier Seiko, and Olympic. You will be surprised at their range of gifts, including Royal Doulton figurines, china, crystal, wedding gifts, baby gifts, glassware and much much more.
With a number of motels to choose from, the Allambie Motel should be considered. Just a short 5 minutes from the main street, and having been there for over 50 years, it can meet any needs as well as provide great information about the local district. With a total of 25 rooms it certainly is a convenient and affordable place to stay.
Take the time to visit this amazing Shire, the Lachlan River is now in flood so best to delay for a short while, however it will be worth the drive to visit and see some of the amazing places and scenery just 100 kms from Parkes.