Sited on National Highway One, between Port Wakefield and Snowtown, Lochiel is a small town of about 50 people. Although, it is spread out over a larger area than you might expect from first appearances.

Many South Australians have driven through Lochiel, but not many would know the town that lies to the west of Highway One. Named after Lochiel Forest near Inverness in Scotland and also the Chief of the Cameron Clan, Lochiel was surveyed in 1869. The saltworks to the north-east of the town mines salt from the Bumbunga Lake, and is the major employer for the town.

There is a local myth that the lake is home to the Lochness Monster’s cousin, Loch Eel.

Quick Facts

Lochiel is a small South Australian Rural Location within the local government area of Wakefield, it is located approximately 117kms from the capital Adelaide covering an area of 128.1 square kilometres. Lochiel has a recorded population of 113 residents and is within the Australian Central Daylight Time zone Australia/Adelaide.

If you are planning a visit to Lochiel we’ve put together some of the things nearby that you can see or do while you are here. These include, places to stay, tours and attractions, some upcoming events and places where you can grab a meal. Go ahead, try one of the buttons above. Every destination has something worth seeing so start exploring… If you know Lochiel and think we’ve missed something, let us know and we’ll share it here.