If you are looking to take a short trip, why not consider heading out to the Lachlan Shire, just over 100 kilometres from Parkes. Located in the heart of NSW, it is well known for its natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals and relaxed bush lifestyle. The Shire encompasses the towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham and the
villages of Tullibigeal, Burcher, Albert and Fifield. ‘Condo’, as it is commonly known is the home of the Karie people, with the lower Lachlan region considered to be the heartbeat of the Wiradjuri Nation.
On the way out to Condobolin, call in and visit the ‘Utes in the Paddock’, an outdoor gallery located 3kms 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. Lachlan Shire are looking to locate the ‘utes’ to a more high profile location in the near future.
With the amazing night skies, try sleeping under the stars in one of the many caravan parks located in the shire, including Gum Bend at Condo, and Frogs Hollow, at Lake Cargelligo. All towns and villages are RV friendly. In addition, there are a number of motels and hotels which offer accommodation, including the Lake Cargelligo Motel and the Lachlan Way Motel, Lake Cargelligo. The Lachlan Way Motel has 12 rooms and is located at the end of the street overlooking the lake.
The Lake Cargelligo Motel is a small 10 room motel run by local couple Mark and Ingrid Stenhouse and within easy walking distance of the main street and shops. Visitors also have access to a salt water pool. The Commercial Hotel offers hotel style accommodation and $12 special bistro meals every day of the week, if you are feeling hungry.
Lake Cargelligo is an unexpected oasis in central NSW and its beauty and tranquility has remained unspoilt. It’s a perfect place to stop, stay and indulge in a range of wonderful water activities including skiing, sailing, fishing, jet skiing, canoeing and swimming. It is the showpiece of the largest inland lake system in NSW. Part of Lake Cargelligo is a bird sanctuary, making it very popular for bird watching. There are a range of museums in both Condo and Lake Cargelligo, including the Condo Historical Museum, the Condo Railway Museum and the Lake Cargelligo
Historical Society Museum, all well worth a visit.