Cargo, situated 35km south west of Orange is a small country hamlet with a population of approximately 250. Cargo is the perfect place to take a break from driving. Enjoy a picnic in the well developed park with children’s play area and BBQ facilities. Sit back and listen to the different sounds of the birds and look out for wildlife that may be grazing close by or have a refreshing drink at the hotel and talk with some locals.
The town has a unique history as gold mining in the late 1860’s led to the establishment of the township and in 1869 Cargo was proclaimed a goldfield. During the period of 1869 – 1899 the town swelled to a population of around 7, 000 and boasted three hotels, a bank, several business houses, three churches, two schools, a flour mill, community hall, butter factory, gold crushing plant, a racecourse and sporting grounds for tennis, cricket and football.
The village today offers visitors and residents a chance to relax with a slower pace of life, whilst still enjoying the services of a general store/post office, primary school, church and hotel. The facilities of nearby Orange are but a short drive away, one of the most scenic in the area.