Voted Australia’s tidiest town in 1993, Lucindale might be a small village in the state’s south-east, but it is a community which is big on ideas.
And there has been none bigger than the local Lions Club decision in the late 1970s to set up an annual agricultural display in the town’s recreational grounds. Today the South East Field Days - held every third Friday and Saturday in March - attract more than 26,000 visitors into the town with a normal population of 400. The field days bring together 500 exhibitors displaying a wide range of agricultural, technological, craft and service products and rivals in wool handling, yard dog, quilting and gadget competitions.
Forty-two kilometres west of Naracoorte, Lucindale boasts a brace of unusual attractions, with the Art Gallery and a museum attached to the soldiers' settlement. The museum features old houses, railway carriages and memorabilia, but you have to make contact with the local Historical Society to arrange a visit.
At Lucindale Motor Co, a working service station, you will find more than just the customary petrol, oil and motor parts. There is also a mural of old cars, a collection of wooden vintage cars and restored brass burners and a gallery of hand-painted gifts.