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. Harmony Day

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    At the Town Square of Glen Innes there will be a lunch held at 12pm for everyone to be able to experience culturally diverse food, you can bring along your food to share or to sell. Dress up is encouraged for the versatility of cultures. …

    21 Mar
  2. The Midwife

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 , Lismore

    Gifted midwife Claire (Frot) has led a quiet, focused life, dedicated to her profession and to the raising of her son as a single mother. But change is in the air; the local community maternity ward where she has worked for decades is to be…

    21 Mar
  3. Outback | Colour | Wind

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Monday 30 April 2018 , Broken Hill

    Pop up art exhibition at the Lodge Outback Motel. It has long been their vision to use the public area at the Lodge Outback Motel to display art, so it is with great excitement that they have finally taken the steps towards making this new …

    22 Mar - 30 Apr
  4. Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Thursday 31 May 2018 , Wellington

    Artist In Residence - Kate Kenworthy has won the major art prize twice in the Wellington Quota Art Competition. People enter this competition from other areas and states from around Australia, the Wellington Quota Art Competition holds a hi…

    22 Mar - 31 May
  5. Cape Byron Lighthouse Friends

    Thursday 22 March 2018 to Wednesday 11 July 2018 , Byron Bay

    Looking for volunteer work with a view? If you’ve got a minimum of 3 hours a week to spare, come and be part of a friendly team at Cape Byron. Lead guided tours of the museum and lighthouse, sharing the area’s fascinating maritime history w…

    22 Mar - 11 Jul