Birdwatching in Leeton
Spot migratory birds, rare species and waterfowl that travel en masse to Leeton throughout the year. Explore 5 km of walking trails at the Fivebough Wetlands where more than 170 species migrate each year. From spoonbills to swamphens to sandpipers, check out the natural behaviour of birds through the camouflage of the bird hide at Turkey Flat.
Nature lovers flock to Leeton to explore the Fivebough Wetlands, home to more than 170 bird species. Located on the Murrumbidgee River floodplain, Turkey Flat is a site of global bird conservation importance and listed in the Directory of Important Wetlands.
Leeton owes its existence to the irrigation work in the area. The nearby Gogeldrie and Yanco weirs are still in use, and both are popular spots for picnics and fishing. To discover more of the Murrumbidgee River, book a walking, cycling or kayaking tour.
Walter Burley Griffin, who designed Canberra, also designed this Country NSW town in 1914 and many historic buildings remain. The Roxy Theatre, built in 1930, still shows films, and the nearby Whitton Court House, built in 1890, houses a fascinating museum. There are 21 buildings listed in the register of the Art Deco Society of NSW and walking is the best way to see them.
Leeton is one of Australia's richest food-producing areas. Sample local products at the Tastes of Leeton presentation held daily at the Leeton Visitors Information Centre. The town celebrates its rice harvest during the Sunrice Festival with popular signature events such as the Balloon Glow and Leetons Longest Lunch. Make sure you also visit a local winery such as Toorak Wines and Lillypilly Estate.
Sunday 30 August 2015 to Sunday 31 January 2016
Yanco Village Markets Yanco Village Markets are on the la
Fly into Narrandera-Leeton Airport
The Narrandera-Leeton Airport is located 10 km southwest from Narrandera’s town centre and 24 km northwest from Leeton’s city centre. Use the taxi services to make the short trips into these towns and explore the Riverina region. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.
Regional Express operates regular direct flights to and from Sydney and Griffith. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Narrandera and Leeton.
Fivebough Wetlands in Leeton. Image Paul Foley
Watching for birds at the Fivebough Wetlands in Leeton. Image Paul Foley
Harvesting rice on a Leeton farm. Image Michael Bell for Central NSW Tourism