In the beautiful Riverina region, Leeton was designed by noted architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. You’ll see plenty of art deco buildings, such as the Roxy Theatre Leeton, which has been operating as a cinema since 1930.
Nature lovers flock to Leeton to explore the Fivebough Wetlands, internationally recognised wetlands that are home to more than 170 bird species. Turkey Flat wetlands are another important global bird conservation site near Leeton. From spoonbills to swamphens to sandpipers, check out the colourful birds from behind a special birdwatching structure near the Turkey Flat picnic area.
A delightful drive from the Riverina’s two cities, Leeton is 60 minutes southwest of Griffith and 90 minutes from Wagga Wagga. The road trip from Melbourne is five hours and from Sydney is a little over six hours. You can also fly from Sydney to Narrandera-Leeton Airport. Places to stay suit various budgets and include holiday cottages, apartments, motels and caravan and camping sites.
As one of Australia’s richest agricultural areas, the charming country town is a great base for exploring outstanding food and wine experiences. Begin with the Tastes of Leeton, a short daily presentation at the Leeton Visitor Information Centre that offers local produce to taste.
The town celebrates its rice harvest at the biennial Leeton Sunrice Festival, with popular signature events such as the Balloon Glow and Leeton’s Longest Lunch. Check out the events calendar for other enticing attractions, including the Leeton Farmers Market and the Leeton Show.
Wine lovers will enjoy visiting the cellar doors of Lillypilly Estate Winery and Toorak Wines. You’ll find a delicious selection of restaurants and cafes in Leeton, and picnics are popular at the nearby Gogeldrie and Yanco weirs, which are still in used for irrigation.