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NOT too many tourists make it to Lake Cargelligo, but it has something in the middle of it that most Outback towns only dream about: a big body of water. Early European explorers in Australia were obsessed with finding the Great Inland Sea, the mythical lake or ocean which would irrigate an agricultural Eden. To their despair, the innards of the continent eventually revealed themselves to be a dry, dusty wasteland. The Great Inland Sea was just a myth. Lake Cargelligo is real, however, and it offers the closest glimpse of how the Outback ocean might have looked, had the Australian climate been more fortuitous. It is the largest natural inland lake system, and parts of the lake have become a sanctuary for bird watching. The small township seems to be about 50 per cent Aboriginal; there is a place on the main street which does a pretty mean hamburger.