Did you know that Lake Cargelligo is one of just five RV Friendly Towns in NSW? What is an RV Friendly Town I hear you say… The RV (Recreational Vehicle) Friendly Town Scheme is an initiative of the Campervan and Motorhome Club of Australia (CMCA), which has over 50,000 members Australia wide. An RV Friendly Town is one that has met a set of guidelines from the CMCA to ensure that it provides a certain amount of amenities, services and facilities to assist mobile travellers as they increasingly travel throughout Australia.
Lake Cargelligo is a small town with a population of 1,300. An unexpected oasis in central New South Wales, Lake Cargelligo’s beauty and tranquillity has remained unspoilt and relatively undiscovered by the travelling public. It is a perfect place to stop, stay and indulge in a range of wonderful leisure activities.
Bird watching is very popular in the area and part of Lake Cargelligo has become a bird sanctuary. Large numbers of water birds congregate on the lakes and waterways, while bird watchers also enjoy visiting nearby Round Hill Reserve and Nombinnie Reserve in mallee country. 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, and is popular all year round with cod, silver perch and Redfin for the taking. The annual Lake Cargelligo Fisherama is held in October, and is a fun family event with prizes up for grabs even if you don’t catch a fish!
Lake Cargelligo is a popular venue for water sports including skiing, sailing, jet skiing and swimming. For those a little more laid back there are many opportunities to camp by the lake or on the banks of the Lachlan River. Sunrise and sunsets over the lake make it worth staying overnight just to catch Mother Nature at her best.
The 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, the town’s manual telephone exchange and much more. A working draught horse display can also be organised by locals Steve and Jan Johnson who breed draught horses. Watch Steve and his team plough a paddock with pinpoint accuracy, harvest, run a chaff cutter and a mill grinder.
The Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre houses the unique Alf Tyack Stone Butterfly and Gem Collection, and is also a great stopping point for souvenirs, local art and craft, and information on Lake Cargelligo and the surrounding area.
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