Leeton

Discover delicious food and wine in Leeton, a charming country town in the beautiful Riverina with plenty of art deco buildings and two important global bird sanctuaries, Fivebough Wetlands and Turkey Flat. Go wine tasting at boutique wineries, browse produce markets and enjoy birdwatching.

Leeton was designed by noted architect Walter Burley Griffin in the early 20th century as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme. When exploring the heritage streetscapes you’ll see many art deco buildings, such as the Roxy Theatre, which has been operating as a cinema since 1930.

The art deco facade of the Roxy Theatre, Leeton, NSW

As one of Australia’s richest agricultural areas, Leeton 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 sample, including citrus and walnuts.

The town celebrates its rice harvest at the biennial Leeton Sunrice Festival at Easter, with popular signature events such as the Balloon Glow and Leeton’s Longest Lunch. Check out the events calendar for other attractions, including the Leeton Farmers Market and the Leeton Show.

Wine grapes growing in a vineyard in Leeton, Riverina, NSW

Wine lovers can visit cellar doors at Lillypilly Estate Winery and Toorak Winery. You’ll also find a tasty selection of places to eat in Leeton, and picnics are popular at the Gogeldrie and Yanco irrigation weirs. The Museum Miniature Railway in Yanco runs train rides on the last Sunday of the month.

When flowing with water the Ramsar-listed Fivebough and Turkey Flat wetlands are home to more than 170 bird species. From spoonbills to swamphens to sandpipers, check out the colourful birds from behind a special birdwatching structure near the Turkey Flat picnic area.

Leeton is 60 minutes’ drive southwest of Griffith and 90 minutes northwest of Wagga Wagga. The road trip from Melbourne is five hours and from Sydney it is a little over six hours. Or fly to the Narrandera-Leeton Airport. Places to stay include caravan and camping sites, cottages and motels.