Lock is small crossroads town in the central Eyre Peninsula that services a large grain production region. When heading north from Port Lincoln and Cummins, the highway will then take the traveler through to the township of Lock. 

Lock has this great Mural that commands the visitor to study the many messages.

The town was gazetted in February 1918, and named Lock after Corporal Albert Lock, a member of the South Australian Survey Department who had been killed in Belgium during World War I, in 1917. Interestingly there is no visual or memorial reference to this historic fact.

Early settlers grazed sheep on vast tracts of natural vegetation for very low costs. Land settlement occurred in 1861, with settlements continuing further north over the next decades.

A major change occurred in the area with the arrival of the Port Lincoln railway line in 1913. The area was serviced by a siding known simply as Terre Siding after one of the local properties.

The potential for wheat cropping was realized with the establishment of the railway, but the low rainfall kept any developments from happening until the pipeline from the Tod Reservoir was connected. Two years later, a huge underground water reservoir was discovered under the town, capable of supplying all of the town's water needs.

 The Lock Heritage Museum displays a number of old wartime, farming and household items used in the area many years ago.

All church denominations are represented in this small town.

The Lock Hotel is on the main street of the town and is a tavern type building.

Lock also has a great info sign that gives a good snapshot of what is on offer in the town.

Although Lock is an interesting small town, unless the traveler is traveling this highway a diversion is not recommended or necessary.

Heritage diary






  Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping   4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
  Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals   Airport
Pets Allowed   Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
  Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water   Walking tracks
  Rotary Club   Lions Club
Gymnasium   Gardens
  Winery   Whitewater Rafting
  Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location   Mountain Biking
  Kayaking   Jet Boating
  Information Hospital
Hang Gliding   Golf Course