Thirty-two kilometres south-east of West Wyalong, in the western goldfields, Barmedman has developed a unique method of adding tourism value to one of its old mine sites.
Mineral water which wells into an old pit has seven per cent more salt than seawater and it is pumped into a large therapeutic pool in which arthritis and rheumatism victims obtain relief from their illnesses. The public has free access to the pool whose surrounds are equipped with barbecues and picnic facilities.
This is wheat and wool producing country and the major centre, West Wyalong, boast a significant Aboriginal Artifacts Gallery. The Bland District Historical Museum’s displays include a scale model of a gold mine.
Many Aboriginal artifacts have been collected from the shores of Lake Cowal, indicating that the lake and its bounty have been important to the local tribe, the Wiradjuri, for many thousand years.
The lake is a popular fishing spot and so, too, are the tributaries that feed the waterway, the Bland, Barmedman, Duck and Back creeks.