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. There is an array of lifestyle choices on offer in our wonderful Shire, from welcoming heritage towns and villages to wide open spaces and the great outdoors.
The Shire has a rich history, healthy climate, a prosperous economy and we are well situated between the two vibrant regional hubs of Wagga Wagga and Albury-Wodonga. With affordable housing, quality education and plenty of opportunities for the motivated, the Shire also offers great schools, hospitals, childcare centres and friendly communities ready to welcome you.
Covering an area of 2942.43 square kilometres, Lockhart Shire offers you every possible lifestyle option from serviced urban residential properties to rural and rural residential acreage.
The major townships of Lockhart Shire are Lockhart and The Rock and the smaller villages of Yerong Creek, Pleasant Hills and Milbrulong.
Lockhart Council welcomes new residents to our Shire and provides information on this website and at visitlockhartshire.com.au to assist you in finding out about our Council, our environment, development, community facilities and services and things to do.
Location: Sydney 500km, Melbourne 400km, Canberra 300km
Climate: Lockhart Shire enjoys warm summers with an average daily temperature of 31°c, while winters are mild with average highs of 14°c.
Economy: Lockhart Shire is a thriving, prosperous agricultural centre supported by long established businesses and industries. The Lockhart Industrial Park has assisted in the development of further businesses in the region, as will the new Industrial Park at The Rock. An enthusiastic Council and a warm and welcoming community ensures strong support for new business and enterprises.
Lockhart: A thriving little market town that acts as a business centre for surrounding farms and villages. The town is a tourist haven, with heritage verandahs, etched pavers, a farm art sculpture trail and Australia’s only wool art gallery, whilst the Lockhart Industrial Park has brought new business and economy to the town.
The Rock: A quaint railway town with strong community values and a great opportunity for growth and expansion. Located on the Olympic Highway between Wagga and Albury, The Rock is a popular lifestyle choice for those wanting to escape city living while maintaining easy access to an extensive range of amenities.
Yerong Creek: Yerong Creek is the oldest village in Lockhart Shire. Settled in the 1870’s, Yerong Creek provides a great opportunity to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life with large, affordable lifestyle blocks and an ideal location on the Olympic Highway between Wagga and Albury, the region’s two largest city.
Pleasant Hills: The aptly named village of Pleasant Hills is a hidden treasure, combining a tranquil lifestyle with a vibrant community. The impressive old buildings are a living history of the strong Lutheran past, from the wattle and daub church to the incredible workmanship of the Public Hall and the Pleasant Hills Community Hotel which is still in use today.
The Rock Nature Reserve – Kengal Aboriginal Place: 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 Scenic Reserve: Another natural wonder in Lockhart Shire, 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.
Lockhart Shire has three primary schools and two Central schools (The Rock K to Year 10, Lockhart K to Year 12). 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 Pleasant Hill, The Rock and Lockhart.
Lockhart Central School: www.lockhart-c.schools.nsw.edu.au/
Pleasant Hills Public School: www.pleasanthi-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/
St Joseph’s School, Lockhart: web.sjloww.catholic.edu.au/
The Rock Central School: www.therock-c.schools.nsw.edu.au/
Yerong Creek Public School: www.yerongck-p.schools.nsw.edu.au/
Lockhart Preschool Kindergarten: email@example.com
The Rock Pre School: therockpreschool.nsw.edu.au
There is a high standard of medical services and facilities available throughout Lockhart Shire including a modern and efficient hospital, medical centres, pharmacies, various aged care accommodation and regular visits from a variety of specialists including dental and optical. A number of ancillary services are also available including community nurses and home nursing services.
Lockhart Shire has sports for every season. Australian Rules football, tennis, cricket, netball, cycling, mountain biking, lawn bowls, athletics, abseiling, rock climbing, swimming, golf, fishing, horse riding and more. We’re also within easy driving distance of fantastic water skiing and the country’s only snow fields.
Sculptures, art and events are just a taste of what’s available in Lockhart Shire’s growing Arts scene. We 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.
The affordable price of housing and choice of residential and lifestyle blocks in Lockhart Shire opens up all sorts of opportunities on the home front. It means you can have your dream home without missing out on life’s little extras.
Lockhart Shire is a rural service area with a healthy local economy and a progressive approach to community development. Lockhart Shire Council is the main employer. However, opportunities also existing in the Health & Medical sector, agricultural industries and to a lesser degree in retail. There is a modest but ongoing demand for employees in its trades and services sectors.
A wide range of business opportunities exist in Lockhart Shire, particularly in the growing communities of The Rock and Lockhart. As well as shopfront opportunities, Lockhart has a progressive Industrial Park with Stage 3 currently under development.
Council contact information:
Phone: 02 6920 5305
Address: 65 Green Street Lockhart NSW 2656 (PO Box 21)
Phone: 02 6920 5674
Address: Green’s Gunyah Museum
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