Lake Cargelligo
Man driving boat on Lake Cargelligo

Lake Cargelligo

Sitting alongside its namesake body of water approximately 100km west of Condo, this inland oasis got its name from a variation of ‘Cudjallagong’ – which means ‘lake’ or ‘water container’ in the Wiradjuri language.

The lake’s naturally abundant food sources saw Wiradjuri tribes gather here often over the centuries. Large shell middens can still be found at Deadman’s Point, while the shores at Frog’s Hollow is a site of ochre pits – rich red and yellow deposits once used for face painting and artworks.

The town itself started life as a camp for sawyers cutting forests of cypress pine. But that changed when gold was discovered in 1873, causing a rush for many decades. Today, “Lake” is a major haven for birdwatchers – with hundreds of species (and photographers!) flocking to the water’s edge all year round, while a 2022-painted mural on the old water tower showcases this birdlife and the iconic main street. 

Lake is also a popular spot for fishing, boating and water skiing, with a scenic waterfront walkway. In recent years, a thriving industrial precinct has also emerged – creating many innovative products for Australia and the world!

Outhouse Damn Edna Utes in the Paddocks cropped

A golden tinkle!

On the night of 13 April 1873, Mrs Charlotte Foster – the wife of a woodcutter – stepped outside to answer nature’s call. In doing so, she spotted a piece of quartz with gold embedded in it. The man sent away to report the find may have told a few too many people while at the pub and it led to a gold rush that would see the town grow over the decades that followed. Disused and flooded mining shafts (some up to 60m deep) are still beneath the town today!

Why is it called Deadman's Point?

According to local legend, two men staying near the town had decided to build a makeshift raft to fish in the deeper waters of the lake. However, when a heavy wind tipped them out, only one of them could swim. The survivor trudged back into town, explained there was “a dead man at the point” – and the name stuck!

Dead mans Point

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