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.
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.
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.