Lake Cargelligo


Nature at Lake Cargelligo

Lake Cargelligo is a haven for birdwatchers and nature lovers. Among the protected species you'll find there are the Australian pelican, the black swan, the great crested grebe, the rare bower bird and the black cockatoo. You can hire binoculars and a field guide from the Visitor Information Centre.

  • Lachlan River, Condoblin
  • Lake Cargelligo

About Lake Cargelligo

Situated south-west of Condobolin and 200 km west of Parkes, Lake Cargelligo is one of the Country NSW region's surprises. Lake Cargelligo is both a town and a body of water – the name is said to derive from Aboriginal words meaning ‘shallow water dish'.

Formerly a water-storage area serving local town and farming enterprises, the lake has become an aquatic playground with sailing, fishing, waterskiing and swimming some of the more popular water sports. Birdwatching is another favourite pastime – there are a number of bird sanctuaries around the lake.

Parkes is an ideal base for making the most of the lake, with plenty of accommodation options. You can also camp on reserves dotted along the Lachlan River and around the shores of Lake Cargelligo itself.

For nature lovers, there's a wide range of outdoorsy things to do in the wider Parkes area, and quite a few historical attractions to help you get familiar with the area's heritage.

Fly into Parkes Airport

Family at the airport

Parkes Airport is located 5 km from the Parkes’ town centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trip east. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express services the airport with around 18 weekly direct flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Parkes.


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