According to the local Aboriginal translation, Caragabal is a place without water. And therein lies a classic irony, because the town developed as a staging post and watering hole for coach drivers and horses on the run between Wyalong and Grenfell.
Grenfell, of course, is the town whose fame is firmly anchored in the Australian psyche as the birthplace of gifted poet and short-story writer, Henry Lawson. Grenfell celebrates its most famous son with the Henry Lawson Festival in June.
Water in those gold rush days was either trapped in small dams or carted in from the Bland River. Today, with an assured water supply, Caragabal is a small grain-handling town at the centre of a black soil region which produces wheat, sheep, fat lambs and prime beef.
Tourist show-stopper in the region is the Weddin Mountains National Park. The crescent-shaped range, which dominates the park, rises 330m above the plains. Bush trails network the park and tracks popular with bush-walkers climb to both Peregrine and Euraldrie lookouts.