Lockhart

A picture-postcard country town in the beautiful Riverina region of south-western NSW, Lockhart will charm you with its lovingly restored buildings, verandahs and ornate iron lacework. Known as The Verandah Town, amble under the verandahs and browse shops for gifts and mementos.

The National Trust-classified town is 45 minutes’ drive from Wagga Wagga and is a great base for exploring this outstanding food and wine region, with its acclaimed wines, fresh produce, festivals and markets. Accommodation options suit a range of budgets in and around Lockhart, which is a little over four hours’ drive northeast of Melbourne and 5h 30 min southwest of Sydney.

Sunset over the town, Lockhart

In the main street is Green’s Gunyah Museum, home to an intriguing collection of artefacts, the wonderful Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery and the Lockhart Visitor Information Centre, where you’ll find helpful advice on the things to do and see in the area, such as heritage trails. The Pastoral Shadows of Brookong walking trail is a delightful stroll past impressive rusty iron farm sculptures.

In October, the Spirit of the Land Lockhart Festival showcases internationally praised sculptures made from recycled farm materials. Another popular event is the Lockhart Vintage Verandah Fest, an eclectic affair in March with markets, antique auctions, open gardens and a truck show.

The Rock Lookout, Lockhart

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

The Towers is a challenging northeast rock face for climbing and abseiling in the Rock Nature Reserve-Kengal Aboriginal Place, where a massive rock formation rises 364 metres above the plain. Visit The Rock lookout for spectacular views of the area and Australia’s highest peak Mount Kosciuszko in the distance, and use the free barbecue facilities at The Rock picnic area.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. The Rock Triathlon

    Sunday 17 February 2019 , Lockhart

    The Rock Triathlon is on again, so get training! The event caters to all ages and fitness levels and is included in the tri series. Proceedings for the day include a sprint, enticer, walkathon, junior and sub junior. Teams are welcome. …

    17 Feb
  2. Lockhart Truck Show - A Vintage Festival

    Saturday 02 March 2019 , Lockhart

    Celebrate road transport history, past and present, at Lockhart Truck Show, a vintage festival held at the Lockhart Showground. Attractions include a special display of International vehicles, prizes for Oldest Truck, Best Local Farm…

    02 Mar