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Population: 270

Lock lies in the geographic centre of the Eyre

Peninsula and is part of the District Council

of Elliston. The striking silos that form Lock’s

grain storage facilities make Lock a strategic

delivery centre for the grain grown in the

region. Lock is also a service centre for the

families on cereal and grazing properties in the

surrounding area with school buses bringing

in children from properties to the local area

school which has about 80 students. Murals

on various buildings in the town depict life in

this area.

Near the silos is the beautiful Kukathu Dam

which was built to harvest the stormwater from

the sealed areas of the town. A small picnic

area provides a comfortable place for bird

watching. This dam, as well as the dam built at

the south end of the town provides water for

the oval, Community Park and Bowling Green.

An RV dump point located at the Caravan

Park for your convenience is maintained by the

Lions Club.


Settled in the late 1860’s, the area originally

known as Terre Siding, was renamed Lock

in 1918 after a member of the SA Survey

Team, Corporal Albert Lock, who was killed in

Belgium during WWI.

The town was proclaimed in February 1914.


Local Conservation Parks

Surrounding the Lock district are four

conservation parks boasting beautiful

wildflowers, native animals, bird watching and

mallee fowls. These parks are Bascombe Well

Conservation Park, Hambidge Conservation

Park, Hinks Conservation Park and Barwell

Conservation Park, all of which have no

facilities for camping or water, but are available

for visiting using a Parks Pass.

Fair weather 4WD tracks only.

Lock Community Park

This park provides good BBQ facilities, shelter

and seating, with the area being further

developed for the Centenary Celebrations of

the Lock township in 2014. You will also find a

large monument depicting the development of

farming in the area.

Federation Park

Native Bush garden planted at the Centenary

of Federation in 2001.

Lock Heritage Museum

This museum is housed in the original police

station and commemorates all aspects of

farming and life of the district. Most machinery

and vehicles are in working order. Original

school room, Station Masters Office and Police

lockup cells and the house.

Lock and Districts Community

Swimming Pool

Open during summer months.

The Lock Races

Known as “The Oakbank

of the West” are held

on the picturesque

McLachlan Park Race

Course 10 kms north west or the Lock

township. Shady trees and shelter provide a

perfect location for a fun family day out. Great

course facilities, full bar and canteen, fashions

of the field, TAB, bookmakers, sky channel and

internet access are available on course. See the

Calendar of Events. More information


Celebrating 50 years on the 14th February 2016.



King George Whiting


Tommy Ruff (Herring)


Salmon Trout




Blue Swimmer Crabs



Silver Drummer









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Lock’s Well

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Elliston Jetty

Salmon Point

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Anxious Bay

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Flinders Island

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Talia Beach

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Talia Caves

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Mount Camel Beach

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Venus Bay Headlands

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Venus Bay Jetty

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Venus Bay

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Tyringa Beach

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Baird Bay

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Sceale Bay

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Elliston and surrounding coastline of the west

coast is renowned for its fishing. Abundant

catches of a variety of fish are right at your

doorstep. Your choices are many - Australian

Salmon, Tommy Ruff and King George Whiting to

name just a few. The chart opposite will give you

some ideas on what you can catch and where!

Get the latest information on all fish species from

FISHWATCH 1800 065 522.

SA Size, Bag and Boat Limit brochures available

from Elliston Community and Visitor Information

Centre and tourist businesses.