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Conargo

Village by the Billabong

Conargo was originally part of Benjamin Boyd’s vast pastoral empire, extending from the south, across the Billabong Creek, and taking in more land to the north. Officially gazetted as a town in 1860, Conargo quickly grew to become the passionate pastoral and grazing community it is to this day.

Just 25 minutes’ drive north east of Deniliquin, the Conargo village sits on the Billabong Creek – a tributary of the Murrumbidgee – which many claim is the longest creek in Australia. While the village is small, it services several large sheep stations and merino studs. The merino breed has its origins in the Riverina, and the Interpretive Centre in Conargo tells the story of this important animal’s influence on the fortunes of the region, and the entire nation.

The restored 19th century Drop Log Stables, showing the building process of the time, were part of the old Cadman’s Conargo Inn that served as a meal break for travellers on the old Cobb and Co. coach run. The photo opportunities continue just a little further along the road, where a charming bush church – build in 1914 – stands.

Many people know Conargo from the pub’s wild-west-style bumper stickers that adorn cars all around Australia. The pub itself sadly burnt down in 2014, but the locals are keen to see a new one rise from the ashes. A coffee, snacks and more are still available at the Conargo Junction Store.