On the Mid Western Highway about 59km due west of West Wyalong in southern NSW, Weethalle is a small town surrounded by mixed farming, wool, cattle and wheat enterprises. While gold, discovered near West Wyalong in 1893, provided the development impetus for this area, a new ‘liquid gold’ is helping to keep it prosperous - eucalyptus oil distilled from blue mallee trees.
North-east of West Wyalong is Lake Cowal - the biggest natural lake in the state and an important habitat for a variety of birds and wildlife, especially waterfowl.
North of town is the surprising town of Lake Cargelligo and the expanse of water that gives it its name. Smack in the middle of dull, flat country, the lake gives great pleasure to the locals and tourists who flock to the oasis to fish, swim, cruise, jet or water ski. Like Lake Cowal, this is another haven for birds and wildlife.
Cocoparra National Park lies to the east of nearby Rankin Springs.