A charming, riverside country town, Condobolin is small enough to stay endearing and large enough to keep you entertained. Set on the banks of the beautiful Lachlan River in Central West NSW, it's a great spot for fishing and water sports, with plenty of cultural heritage to explore.
The Lachlan River is one of Australia’s iconic inland rivers and the fourth-longest, flowing from the Great Dividing Range to its junction with the Murrumbidgee River. It’s a popular fishing spot teeming with cod, yellowbelly and silver perch and is known for watersports, including waterskiing.
Gum Bend Lake is another popular waterway for waterskiing, windsurfing and sailing. There’s 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’s also a bird-sanctuary, where you can spot brolgas and white-bellied sea eagles. Explore the walking and cycling track along the pretty foreshore.
Arts & history
While the town started as a popular river-crossing stopover for drovers in the 19th century, the area is the traditional land of the Wiradjuri Aboriginal people. You can learn about their history and take in intricate Aboriginal arts at the Wiradjuri Study Centre.
Utes in the Paddock is the kind of unique outdoor art trail you could only find in Australia. Famous local artists have turned classic Holden utes into works of art to celebrate life in the outback. Check it out and time your visit with the Condobolin Show in August or other events on the lively events calendar.
Eat & drink
Get your caffeine fix at Happy Daze Coffee Lounge or Café Romo, which also do breakfast and casual lunches. The Condobolin 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.
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.
Destination NSW acknowledges and respects Aboriginal people as the state’s first people and nations and recognises Aboriginal people as the Traditional Owners and occupants of New South Wales land and water.