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Visit, Live & Invest in Lachlan Shire::

About the Shire

 

Lachlan Shire Council is one of the largest Shires in New South Wales, having an area of 15,000 square kilometres and four and a half thousand kilometres of roads to get you where you would like to go.

 

We are graced by the towns of Condobolin, Lake Cargelligo and Tottenham and by the smaller villages of Tullibigeal, Albert, Burcher and Fifield.

 

The Lachlan Shire is predominantly a primary industry of rural area with numerous small businesses in our towns and villages.

 

The Lachlan Shire services the community in the areas of planning and development, environmental services, parks and gardens, children services, cemeteries, dog registrations, libraries, public halls water and waste to name a few.

Traditional Land of the Wiradjuri People

 

The Heart of NSW is the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people also known as the people of the three rivers. The Wiradjuri people have inhabited modern-day New South Wales, Australia for at least 40,000 years.

 

At the time of European colonisation, there were an estimated 3,000 Wiradjuri living in the region, this country extends from the Great Dividing Range in the east, and is bordered by the Macquarie, Lachlan and Murrumbidgee rivers. The Wiradjuri nation is the largest in NSW and second largest geographically in Australia.

 

The Wiradjuri people were a hunter-gatherer society, made up of small clans or family groups whose movements followed seasonal food gathering and ritual patterns.

 

Today, major Wiradjuri populations can be found in the New South Wales towns of Condobolin, Peak Hill, Narrandera and Griffith and throughout larger regional areas such as Bathurst, Dubbo, Orange, Lithgow, down to Wagga Wagga in the south.

 

Condobolin is the home of the Kalarie people, lower Lachlan region, and is considered by other Wiradjuri communities to be the heart beat of the Wiradjuri nation, rich in local history and heritage, art, music and dance.

European Settlement

 

Early European explorers recorded their journeys passing through the Heart of NSW. In 1815 Surveyor George Evens who named the Lachlan River, was the first European to visit the area. Explorers John Oxley (in 1817) and Thomas Mitchell (in 1836) were the first recorded European presence in the region. Squatters soon arrived and by 1844 the 'Condoublin' run had been established.

 

The town was gazetted in 1859 but for over 20 years it was essentially a stopover and river-crossing for drovers moving stock from the north and west of New South Wales to Victoria, hence there were a few permanent residents in what remained a pastoral area characterised by large holdings.

 

Since the early settlers the Condobolin district has become a prime cropping and sheep and beef producing area. 

 

A major copper discovery was made north at Melrose in 1885 and the town benefited from the subsequent traffic. A municipality was declared in 1890.

 

Gold was found north-west at Overflow station, immortalised in Banjo Paterson's poem 'Clancy of the Overflow' in 1896 and a major copper and gold mine was in operation at Condobolin from 1898 until around 1910.

 

The railway arrived in 1898 and Condobolin was the railhead for the Central West until the line to Broken Hill was completed in 1927.

 

Agricultural production was further expanded when the Wyangala Dam was established on the Lachlan in 1935.

 

The pioneers suffered droughts and floods in the same way as the present day residents, but it did not diminish their desire to build a strong community.

 

Condobolin continues to be a busy country town, with small industrial services and business, excellent medical services, a modern hospital and retirement village, banking services along with a variety of sporting and recreation facilities and the life blood of the town, the Lachlan River with all its natural beauty, fishing and wildlife.

 

Statistical Information

 

Lachlan Shire is one of the largest in New South Wales, having an area of over 15,000 square kilometres. Lachlan Shire also has the longest road network of any shire in NSW at 4505km. This is comprised of 910km of sealed road, 3011km of gravelled road and 584km natural road.  Located in the centre of NSW, the administration centre is based at Condobolin. Other towns and villages serviced by the Shire are Tottenham, Lake Cargelligo, Tullibigeal, Albert, Burcher and Fifield. Lachlan Shire Council's mission is to meet the needs of the community by providing sustainable services and establishing a long term strategy that leads to the social and economic success of Lachlan Shire.

 

The 2006 ABS Australian Business Register indicated that there were 6967 residents in Lachlan Region. The results also indicated that there were 1,269 businesses in the Lachlan region (i.e. postcodes 2672, 2873, 2875, 2877). Of these, 837 businesses (or 66.0%) were contained within the goods sector of the economy, whilst the remaining 432 businesses (or 34.0%) were in service industries. In terms of business numbers by industry, the Agriculture, Forestry & Fishing industry division recorded the highest proportion of total businesses in the Lachlan region, with 798 businesses (or 62.9% of the total). Other prominent industries in the region included the Property & Business Services and Retail Trade (both 7.6%), Construction (4.3%) and Transport & Storage (3.5%) sectors.

 

Tourism

 

Welcome to the Heart of NSW, the traditional land of the Wiradjuri people, where the life style is laid back, the people are friendly and polite and there is an opportunity to escape from the grind of everyday life to enjoy a spot of fishing, camping, water skiing or bird watching.

 

The Heart of NSW is located in the centre of the state and includes the towns of Condobolin, on the bank of the Lachlan River, Lake Cargelligo, Tottenham, Tullibigeal and the villages of Burcher, Fifield and Albert.

 

All of these communities have their own unique features and attractions to enjoy so please, take the time to stop, stay a while and enjoy.

 

Five major highways surround the Heart of NSW - the Newell, Mid Western, Barrier, Mitchell and the Kidman Way. Why not take a loop off the highways and enjoy our beautiful countryside.

 

The Heart of NSW is a perfect destination for water enthusiasts, campers, bushwalkers, fishermen and birdwatchers. We offer unspoiled inland lakes, bird sanctuaries and the poetic inspiration of the Lachlan River.

 

The Lachlan Shire is predominantly a primary industry or rural area with numerous small businesses which we encourage you to take the time to visit and experience them.

 

We trust that you will enjoy your escape to the Lachlan Shire and hope you will return again soon.

 

Councillor Des Manwaring

Mayor of Lachlan Shire Council

 

Lachlan Shire Council
58-64 Molong Street, Condobolin
Ph: (02) 6895 1900
Fax: (02) 6895 3478
council@lachlan.nsw.gov.au

 

Heart of NSW Visitor Information Centre
18 William Street, Condobolin
Ph: (02) 6895 3301
Fax: (02) 6895 2811

 

Lake Tourist Information Centre
1 Foster Street, Lake Cargelligo
Ph/Fax: (02) 6898 1501
Fax: (02) 6895 2811

 

Tottenham Tourist Information Centre
Umang Street, Tottenham
Ph: 0428 924 126

 

Attractions

 

Visit Gum Bend Lake, a manmade lake three kilometres from Condobolin and when full is 1.75 metres deep. Opened on 22 October 1988, Gum Bend Lake was a project to commemorate Australia's bicentenary and was jointly funded by the NSW Bicentennial Council, the people of Condobolin and the Lachlan Shire Council. The Gum Bend Lake extension was opened on 20 May 1990, to commorate the centenary of Local Government in Condobolin. Gum Bend Lake is ideal for water skiing and also proves popular with bird watchers and fishing on the nearby Lachlan river. Facilities include picnic tables, free BBQ, playground, toilet and shower facilities and a large rest area to the east of the Lake to take a break and enjoy. To visit Gum Bend Lake travel west on Bathurst street.

 

While taking a break at Gum Bend Lake, be sure to stretch your legs on the 6km walking track from Gum Bend Lake into Condobolin to the end of Bathurst street and back to the Lake again. Its peaceful surroundings make it a perfect place to relax and enjoy spending time with family and friends.

 

The Lachlan River is responsible for much of the Heart of NSW landscape. To experience the history and beauty of this iconic inland river, visitors can admire the river at Condobolin or through any of the Travelling Stock Reserves (TSR's).

 

The Wiradjuri Study Centre is located on the corner of Cunningham Street & McDonnell Street and was constructed with the express purpose of promoting the study and understanding of Wiradjuri culture. The centre offers a local hub for training, development and employment, cultural appreciation, cultural awareness and heritage issues, a keeping place and a space to yarn up. Local Indigenous art and products are available for purchase. You are welcome to visit this centre by appointment, please phone 6895 4664.

 

The Lachlander Museum at 46 Bathurst Street Condobolin was printing their newspaper on one of the last operational hot metal printing presses in Australia up until January 2004. All of the equipment previously used has been kept complete and is available for inspection by appointment at the Lachlander Museum. Machinery includes three presses and two intertype machines. To make an appointment please phone the friendly staff at The Lachlander on (02) 6895 4010.

 

The Condobolin Railway Museum at Madeline Street Condobolin, is a must - see for train buffs. It houses a diverse collection of old trikes, trailers and railway items as well as other pieces including old motors and horse drawn machinery donated by local people. Visitors to the museum on Madeline Street in Condobolin are most welcome; simply ask the staff at Western Plains Regional Development Centre or call 6895 3301 to arrange a visit.

 

Enjoy the view of Condobolin at Reservoir Hill Lookout at the eastern end of Brady street or visit Mt Tilga, eight kilometres north of Condobolin on the Cobar road where you can park your vehicle and stretch your legs to see great views.

 

The Condobolin Community Centre on the corner of Denison and Bathurst Street displays photos and other documents depicting the history and heritage of the area. Upstairs a room has been furnished as a bedroom of bygone years, while downstairs offers tourist information, local arts and crafts and art completed by the local china painting group which is all available to purchase.

 

Utes in the Paddock is a unique tourist attraction near Ootha NSW, (30 km from Condobolin on the Parkes road) which showcases the work of some of Australian's best artists on a wide range of Holden utes.

 

This unique experience can be viewed more times than one with the backdrop of rural farming land and the central NSW sky ever changing with the seasons offering new perspective every visit with interpretative signage to provide more in-depth information behind each work of art.

 

Western Plains Regional Development Centre (WPRD) at 18 William street Condobolin has internet access and computer hire, photocopying and printing services, a selection of tourist information, a variety of Indigenous art and craft on display and a large meeting room for hire. WPRD is also home to services such as Centrelink, Lands Council, Job Network agencies, JP Services and secretarial,  and Youth Services for the Lachlan Shire.

 

The Goobothery Monument - King's Grave site was found by the Surveyor-General John Oxley on the 29th July 1817, on his return journey when exploring the Lachlan River.

 

This site is significant as it was recorded by John Oxley as the burial site of an Aboriginal chief who drowned while crossing the river in a flood.

 

On the 21st July 1913 Edmund Milne and a party of men located one of the carved trees still intact and the lower portion of the other.

 

The two carved trees were removed and relocated to the Australian Museum in Sydney and a stone cairn and replica posts were erected to commemorate the Oxley expedition and the discovery of the sacred site.

 

On your way to Burcher taking Shire road 90 or Grassmere Rd, visit the Signature Alpaca Farm. This enterprise is run on 3,000 acres of cropping and grazing country 33 km south of the township of Condobolin. This is a working farm so there is generally some form of hands on work with the animals each day. Come out and see some of the young cria (baby alpacas) and if the weather is good, enjoy a "Picnic in the Paddock with the alpacas. This is a chance to get up close and personal with these curious creatures. To come and visit us please call and make an appointment and don't be shy to ask us for directions ph: (02) 6895 7665.

 

The truly unique Bush Chapel just outside of the town of Burcher. This is the perfect place for meditation and reflection in close proximity with the natural wonder of the Australian bush. 

 

A climb to the top of Manna Mountain just outside the village of Burcher 50kms north of West Wyalong also offers a broad view of the landscape. The scars left in the rocks from generations of Aboriginal people sharpening their axes indicate Manna Mountain has been a popular location with special significance for centuries.

 

Nearby is Lake Cowal which is home to the gold mine, Barrick Gold of Australia. The mine provides a boost to Burcher and its community with many residents of the town employed by the mine.

 

At Tullibigeal you will find a Cockies Shed Lavender Farm. Grower Kerry AmoAmo will be happy to explain how lavender is grown, distilled and used. Lavender products made from Cockies Shed lavender shed are available for sampling and purchase. Visitors to the Cockies Shed are by appointment only. Please phone 6972 9243.

 

Also in Tullibigeal is the Tullibigeal Craft Corner in the RSL Memorial House opposite the park. Craft Corner offers homemade cakes, jams, pickles and local handicrafts every Friday afternoon. Visitors passing through on other days can call ahead to arrange a visit on 6972 9243.

 

Lake Cargelligo, the showpiece of the largest natural inland lake system in the state. Lake Cargelligo has a volume of 36,000 mega litres, a surface area of 1,440 hectares and an average depth of 3.7 metres, providing the perfect place for recreation of all kinds including water skiing, fishing, canoeing, swimming, camping and much more. Summer sees the Lake shores packed with speed boats, sail boats and jet skis as families come from across NSW to enjoy this wonderful oasis in the outback.

 

Lake Cargelligo also provides an ideal environment for bird watching with part of the Lake being classified as a bird sanctuary. Keep an eye out for such water birds as the Great Crested Grebe, Black-Winged Stilts, Great Egrets, Spoonbills, Pelicans and Black Swans. Bird watchers also enjoy visiting nearby Round Hill Reserve, Yelkin State Forest and Nombinnie Reserve in mallee country, which support a variety of rare and threatened species. A bird guide and binoculars are available for hire at the Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre. Bird watching is also excellent around the lake and at Lake Curlew. Bird Hides are installed at the sewerage ponds and at Nilsson's Lane.

 

While in Lake Cargelligo enjoy a stroll or a bike ride around the lake on the picturesque bicycle track and look for the heritage signage along the way which provided local information and history about the sites. Fishing is another wonderful way to pass the time in Lake Cargelligo and on the nearby Lachlan River, and is popular all year round with cod, silver perch and Redfin for the taking. 

 

The Lake Cargelligo Museum is located in Holt Street Lake Cargelligo and is a community owned and operated museum which houses a large collection of rural machinery, household relics, much more. Open every Wednesday from 10am to 3pm, entry fee is five dollars for adults and two dollars for children under 12 years of age. For bus tours with over 20 people, entry fee is four dollars. The Museum is also home to a unique live display of working horses on the June Long Weekend Open Day or by appointment for large groups so please ask! To make a booking, please phone Steve or Jan on 6898 1384 or 6898 1051. Or ee how things used to be done on the land with Jan and Stephen Johnson's Draught Horse Museum, McInnes Street Lake Cargelligo. Bookings essential please phone 6898 1384.

 

The Lake Cargelligo Tourist Information Centre houses the unique Alf Tyack Stone Butterfly and Gem Collection. It is also a great stopping point for souvenirs, local art and craft and information on Lake Cargelligo and the surrounding area or Discover traditional Aboriginal art at Kejole Koori Studios, 98 Grace Street, Lake Cargelligo.

 

Visit to the exact geographical centre of NSW, 34km west of Tottenham which gives the traveller a sense of space and appreciation of such a natural environment. It is located on the eastern side of Cockies Road, 5km south of the Five Ways intersection in the Bogan Shire. Its location is 147  1'56" E, 32  9'47" S for GPS navigators.

 

Enjoy the birdlife in Tottenham with over 160 species of birds that have been recorded including the Red - Winged Parrot, Painted Honeyeater, Black Falcon and Zebra Finch. Take your camera and binoculars on a tour around Tottenham and enjoy the magnificent landscape and wildlife.

 

View the Tottenham Hotel which is located in the centre of the town and has been lovingly restored to its original 1931 condition. Its balcony has impressive views of the main street and visitors are always welcome at the bar for a chat with the locals.

 

Also, a visit to the Tottenham Tourist Information Centre is a must. This is a community run initiative and your one stop shop for information on the Tottenham area, local arts and crafts and souvenirs from the Centre of NSW. The local volunteers will make sure that your visit to Tottenham is unforgettable.