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Lake Wallace – where Charles Darwin first saw a platypus

Nestled 10 minutes on the Bathurst side of Lithgow, Wallerawang or “Wang” as it is known by the locals is the perfect place to break your journey or to include on your local drive.

In the main shopping area, you can enjoy a quick snack and a cup of coffee. Then you can head onto picturesque Lake Wallace just enjoy the 10-minute walk.

Photo © Tourism Lithgow

Lake Wallace is home to over 180 different types of bird life. The Lake is the perfect place to take a walk, have a picnic or even just sit and relax and watch the sailboats on summer weekends.

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In 1836 Charles Darwin was traveling by horse from Sydney to Bathurst and stayed here for a couple of days.

Darwin wrote in his diary:

“In the dusk of the evening I took a stroll along a chain of pools (which in this country represents the course of a river) & had the good fortune to see several of the famous Platypus or Ornithorhynchus paradoxicus. They were diving & playing in the water; but very little of their bodies were visible, so they only appeared like so many water Rats. Mr Browne shot one; certainly it is a most extraordinary animal.”

Photos Wallerawang Branch Library

Darwin’s sighting was on the Coxs River where Lake Wallace is today. To mark this occasion, local Lithgow artist Tim Johnman has crafted a life-size platypus as part of the Charles Darwin Memorial on the lake’s edge and artisan Phil Sparks forged the decorative reed surrounds.
More Information: Monumental Australia and History Avenue

St John the Evangelist Church, built 1881 – Photo Bluedawe – Wikipedia

Also of historical interest is The Church of St John the Evangelist, built 1881, was financed by private funding. It was designed by the famous Colonial architect Edmund Blacket and is listed by the NSW Heritage Council.

Lake Wallace is the ideal location to set up camp for a  couple of days. Facilities include RV Dump point, toilets and showers (limited opening hours), playground, BBQ facilities and off-leash dog area. Please note campfires and naked flames are not allowed.

Wallerawang Town Centre is only a ten-minute walk for a meal and extra supplies.

Photo © Tourism Lithgow

Lake Wallace
Barton Ave, Wallerawang
Ph 1300 760 276

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