Lockhart

Lockhart is known as The Verandah Town. The picture-postcard country town in the beautiful Riverina in south-western NSW has lovingly restored buildings, with verandahs and ornate iron lacework. Stroll under the verandahs on the main street for gift shops and specialty stores.

The National Trust-classified town is 45 minutes’ drive southwest of Wagga Wagga and is a great base for exploring the outstanding food and wine region’s exquisite wines, fresh produce, tasty festivals and markets. The main street, Green Street, will charm you with its heritage streetscape.

Lockhart Water Tower Mural's cascading waterfall, on Green Street

Green’s Gunyah Museum houses an intriguing collection of artefacts, the wonderful Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery and the Lockhart Visitor Information Centre. Here, you’ll find helpful advice on the things to do and see in the area, from the natural attractions to the Lockhart Sculpture Trail.

Many of the sculptures have featured in the Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival. Held in October, the annual festival displays internationally acclaimed sculptures made from recycled farm materials. A towering artwork is the Lockhart Water Tower Mural of a cascading waterfall and native animals.

 Scenic view of The Rock Nature Reserve and farmland, Lockhart, NSW

Another popular attraction is the Lockhart Truck Show, a vintage festival with fun children’s activities held at the showground in March. A range of accommodation is available in and around Lockhart, which is a little over four hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne and 5h 30 min southwest of Sydney.

Near Lockhart discover enchanting nature reserves, with walking tracks, lookouts, picnic areas and a thrilling rock face for climbing and abseiling. At Galore Hill Scenic Reserve you can follow a trail to the caves where the infamous colonial bushranger Daniel ‘Mad Dog’ Morgan reputedly hid.

The Towers is a northeast rock face for climbing and abseiling in The Rock Nature Reserve-Kengal Aboriginal Place. The rock formation rises 364 metres from the plain. Visit The Rock lookout for sweeping views of the region and Australia’s highest peak, Mount Kosciuszko, in the distance.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. National Picolight Fly In

    Event dates to be confirmed: September 2019 , Lockhart

    As per a 17 year old tradition, the National Picolight Fly-In is hosted at Milbrulong, NSW, with beautiful yellow canola and bright green lucerne as far as you can see. There is a magic take-off and landing site allocated to the event,…

  2. Lockhart Picnic Races

    Friday 04 October 2019 , Lockhart

    Join one of the best Picnic Race meets in New South Wales. Kicking off at 1.30pm, come along and enjoy a picnic lunch track side before the racing commences. Gates open at 12 noon. Why not stay for the weekend and enjoy the Spirit of the…

    04 Oct
  3. Spirit of the Land Festival Lockhart

    Saturday 12 October 2019 to Sunday 13 October 2019 , Lockhart

    The Spirit of the Land Festival is a colourful and vibrant celebration of the land. With artistic works, boutique markets, fabulous foods, gardens, live entertainment, vintage vehicle displays, balloon flights, helicopter rides and free…

    12 Oct - 13 Oct