Lake Cargilligo is the next town encounted on the Kidman Hgy heading east (or west) towards the eastern provinces. Lake Cargelligo is a small town that has strong aboriginal influence. The lake is a catalyst and central focus within the town. The lake was dry during the most recent drought.

Lake Cargelligo is said to be a corruption of the Aboriginal word 'Kartjellakoo' meaning 'he had a coolamon'. A coolamon is a shallow wooden dish. Alternatively it is derived from Wiradhuri and Ngiyambaa 'gajal' for water container with suffix 'lugu' for 'her' or 'hisí.

As its name would suggest, the town of Lake Cargelligo is situated on a lake fed by the Lachlan River through Lake Curlew. The lake was originally named Regent's Lake after the prince regent of England at the time. The lake was the primary water source for the early mining town, and has continued to remain an integral source of water for Lake Cargelligo's inhabitants. These days the lake serves recreational uses.

The Lake Cargelligo War Memorial is located at the lake edge and is a meaningful acknowledgement.

Lake Cargelligo is represented with all of the three main congregational churches.The Catholic being a bit of a charmer.

The Museum is located on the eastern fringe of the town.

The Royal Mail Hotel is a 100 year plus classic old NSW pub. The Commercial Hotel a more modern offering.

When traveling the Kidman Hgy the traveler will pass through this town. There is a lot of heritage on offer and an overnight should be a consideration.

Heritage diary




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
  Gymnasium   Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
  Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
  Movie Location   Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
  Hang Gliding Golf Course