When it comes to charming country towns, you can't get much better than Condobolin. It's small enough to stay endearing and large enough to keep you entertained. Set on the banks of the Lachlan River, it's a great spot for fishing and water sports, plus has plenty of cultural heritage.
Nature and watersports
The area is the traditional land of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people, learn about their history and and take in intricate indigenous arts at the Wiradjuri Study Centre. If you want to take in the area, climb to the top of nearby Mount Tilga, which has 360-degree views. In the 1800s, it was considered the geographical centre of NSW.
The Lachlan River is Australia’s fourth-longest river and Condoblin was established as a river-crossing stopover for drovers in the 19th century. It’s a popular fishing spot teeming with cod, yellowbelly and silver perch. It's also known for watersports, including waterskiing or just going for a swim to cool off.
Gum Bend Lake is another popular waterway for waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. There is a dedicated swimming area and picnic tables, free barbecues and other amenities. The kids will love the children’s playground, and there is a shared cycling and walking track into town.
The shimmering Lake Cargelligo is about an hour’s drive west of Condobolin. The large, tranquil waterway is perfect for a range of water sports, including kayaking, waterskiing and fishing. It is also a bird-sanctuary, where you can spot brolgas and white-bellied sea eagles. There is a shared walking and cycling track along the pretty foreshore.
Art and events
Utes in the Paddock is the kind of sculpture garden you can only find in Australia. Famous local artists used classic Holden pickups as canvases to celebrate life in the outback. Check it out while visiting the area for one of the attractions listed on the lively events calendar, which includes cross-country motor races and the Condobolin Show in August.
Eat and drink
Get you caffeine fix and at Happy Daze Coffee Lounge or Café Romo, which also do breakfast and casual lunches. The Condoblin Motor Inn Restaurant serves up big, heaty meals and if you want a classic country pub meal with a cold beer in relaxed surroundings, stop off at the Railway Hotel.
Getting there and where to stay
Condobolin is a 5hr 45min drive from Sydney, just over seven hours from Melbourne and around four hours from Canberra. You can also fly into Parkes and rent a car for the 70min drive. There are a range of places to stay, including a caravan park, country pubs and comfortable motels.