Griffith

For fine wines, fresh produce and gourmet delights, escape to Griffith in the beautiful Riverina region in south-western NSW. You’ll find plenty of cellar doors to visit, providores with delicious local produce, quality restaurants and cafes, and festivals celebrating a rich food and wine culture.

Vast orchards and vineyards and some of Australia’s best wineries are around Griffith, where there are convenient accommodation options. The marvellous events calendar includes mouth-watering festivals, such as Griffith Spring Fest in October and Griffith Easter Party on the Easter long weekend.

McWilliam's Estate Wine Cellar Doors in a scenic wine barrell setting, Hanwood near Griffith

Designed by noted architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, Griffith is six hours’ drive from Sydney, five hours from Melbourne and two hours northwest of Wagga Wagga. You can also fly to Griffith Airport and rent a car.

The first vineyard was established in 1912 just outside Griffith. European migrants after World War I and II settled in the region and helped build a distinctive food and wine culture. Their contribution is celebrated at the annual Griffith Multicultural Festival and on display at the Griffith Italian Museum and at the Pioneer Park Museum, which spans 40 buildings on 11 hectares of natural bushland.

Pioneer Park Museum, Griffith

In an art deco war memorial building is the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, which hosts splendid exhibitions. Some of the best-known wineries with cellar doors are De Bortoli Wines, home of the internationally acclaimed Noble One botrytis semillon, McWilliam’s Hanwood Estate, Casella Wines and Calabria Family Wines. There are smaller boutique wineries with cellar doors, too.

For tours of wineries and farms, join Bella Vita Tours or Griffith Tours on delectable adventures of the area. In town, browse providores such as Riverina Grove, Bertoldo’s Pasticceria and Codemo Smallgoods for locally made delicacies and head for picnic areas at Cocoparra National Park, where there are exhilarating walking trails, including Falcon Falls and Jacks Creek.

Griffith Airport

Fly into Griffith Airport

Griffith Airport is located 5 km from Griffith’s town centre. Use the taxi services available at the terminal to make the short trip south. Alternatively, rent a car from the hire services available at the airport and explore the region at your own pace.

Regional Express operates daily flights to and from Sydney. For other major Australian cities, connect via Sydney to travel into Griffith.

THINGS TO DO AND PLACES TO STAY

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  1. Griffith Rotary Market

    Sunday 29 July 2018 to Sunday 01 March 2020 , Griffith

    The Griffith Rotary Market is held every Sunday from 8am to 12 noon. Meet the local growers at this weekly growers market. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, bread, cakes, Italian biscuits, jams, relish, olive oil, eggs, honey and much more is…

    29 Jul - 01 Mar
  2. Griffith Cup

    Saturday 08 September 2018 , Griffith

    The Griffith Jockey Club Cup Meeting is one of the premier events on the Griffith calendar. Held once a year at Dalton Park, the races are a great day out for all! The Griffith Cup race day program features six races with local bookies and…

    08 Sep