Make a Country Change to Lockhart

Lockhart Shire is nestled in the heart of the Riverina and is one of the region’s most productive agricultural and pastoral areas.

Surrounded by natural beauty, Lockhart Shire captures the essence of country life and is a vibrant, safe and growing place to live, work and raise a family. Enjoying a healthy climate and a prosperous economy, Lockhart Shire offers you every possible lifestyle option from serviced urban residential properties to rural and rural residential acreage. With affordable housing, quality education and plenty of opportunities for the motivated, Lockhart Shire offers great schools, hospitals, childcare centres and friendly communities ready to welcome you.

The major townships of Lockhart Shire are Lockhart and The Rock and the smaller villages of Yerong Creek, Pleasant Hills and Milbrulong. Lockhart Shire is well situated between two vibrant regional hubs, Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga.

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Matt Holt - Lockhart Shire

02 6920 5305

65 Green Street (PO Box 21) Lockhart, NSW 2656

Living & housing

Median House price


Rent average

$200 pw

March. 2021 quarter, Rent and Sales Government Communities & Justice



2020, Data by Region, Australia Bureau of Statistics


Lockhart Shire has an annual mean rainfall of 572mm and median rainfall of 575mm, distributed fairly equally over 12 months.

Maximum temperatures in summer are warm averaging between 29C and 32C. Relative humidity remains low in the summer months with a 3pm average around 30%.


Distance from cities

514 km to Sydney

407 km to Melbourne

309 km to Canberra

62 km to Wagga Wagga

105 km to Albury

The Rock to Wagga Wagga – 31km

The Rock to Albury – 97km

Public transport options

The Rock – CountryLink XPT

Lockhart – NSW TrainLink Coaches

Wagga Airport is only 30km from The Rock, with regular flights to Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane

Health & Medical

Health and medical services:

Lockhart Shire, even though a small community, has great access to medical facilities, including:

  • GP
  • Hospitals
  • Disability and aged care
  • Other allied health services

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Education options:

While Wagga Wagga and Albury are on the Shire’s doorstep, the Shire offers a a range of schooling and care options including:

  • Preschools
  • Primary schools
  • After school care
  • High schools
  • TAFE/Charles Sturt University

School buses travel daily from Lockhart and The Rock to Wagga, and boarding school transport also runs to ensure weekends at home. Excellent child care facilities are available in Lockhart, The Rock and Pleasant Hills.

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Lockhart Shire has sports for every season. Football, tennis, cricket, squash, netball, cycling, mountain biking, bowling, athletics, abseiling, rock climbing, hang gliding, swimming pools, golf, fishing, horse riding and more. We’re also within easy driving distance of fantastic water skiing and the country’s only snow fields.

Lockhart Shire is home to two of the most iconic landmarks in the Riverina, The Rock Hill and Galore Hill. Towering high above the plains, The Rock Hill makes for a great day out. Take a picnic and hike to the top for stunning views, or meander along the tracks at the base of the Hill and enjoy fantastic fauna and flora. You never know which of our great native animals will pass you by.

Galore Hill offers fantastic walking, cycling, horse riding and rock climbing. Drive to the Summit and climb the Tower for impressive views over the surrounding landscape or enjoy a BBQ at the Saddle while the kids make the most of the play equipment. Kangaroos, wallabies, echidnas and black cockatoos are just some of the amazing wildlife regularly seen.

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Award winning sculpture trails, wool art, local galleries, unique performances and a fantastic Spirit of the Land Festival are just a taste of what’s available in Lockhart Shire’s growing Arts scene. We also have a host of groups and events throughout the Shire covering a vast range of hobbies and interests. New activities are always encouraged and enthusiastically supported by both the community and Council.

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Career Opportunities:

Lockhart Shire is a thriving, prosperous agricultural centre supported by long established businesses and a network of service industries. Lockhart Shire Council is the main employer however opportunities also existing in the Health & Medical profession, agricultural industries and retail sector. There is a modest but ongoing demand for employees in its trades and services sectors.

A wide range of business opportunities exist in the Lockhart Shire, particularly for niche businesses in the growing communities of The Rock and Lockhart. As well as shop front opportunities, Lockhart has a progressive Industrial Park which has recently released Stage 2. With low establishment costs, the blocks are priced at $12 m² plus GST. The Rock offers shop front opportunities and land bordering on the Olympic Highway has been zoned industrial.

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Health & medical


Lockhart Medical Practice – (02) 6920 5249

The Rock – Glenrock Medical Practice – 02 69715000

Nearby hospitals

Lockhart & District Hospital is a 16 bed hospital providing a range of emergency, acute and aged care services. Community health services including physiotherapy, women’s health and diabetes education are provided by visiting staff.

Disability and aged Care facilities

Woodhaven Aged Care Hostel comprises 23 beds and provides residential aged care, non-dedicated respite care and palliative care.

Emily Gardens is a 30-bed facility providing general and special needs aged care in country’ surroundings.

Other allied health services

Lockhart Ambulance Service provides a tremendous service to the residents of Lockhart and surrounding communities


Early childhood services


  • Lockhart Pre School
  • The Rock Pre School

Primary And Secondary Schools

Primary Schools:

After school care



Lockhart Shire has a number of popular nature reserves and sports grounds which are well utilised by the community.

Attractions in Lockhart Shire include

  • The Rock Hill Nature Reserve
  • Lockhart Sculpture and Heritage Trail
  • Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery in Greens Gunyah Museum

Clubs include Lockhart Ex-Servicemen’s Club, The Rock Memorial Bowling Club, Yerong Creek Bowling Club, Lockhart Bowling Club.



Main industries in Lockhart Shire are agriculture and health with main employers including the Lockhart Shire Council and the NSW Department of Health

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