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.

The art deco facade of the Leeton Roxy Community Theatre in Leeton

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.

Vineyard at sunset, Leeton

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.

Things to do and places to stay

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  1. Winners are Grinners! Art Exhibition

    Wednesday 07 March 2018 to Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Glen Innes

    Aboriginal artists over the age of 50 years have combined works of pottery, textiles, painting sculpture, drawing, wood, photography wool or metal. There will be a Gala opening on April 7 at 4pm, with free entry and refreshments. It wil…

    07 Mar - 20 Mar
  2. John Butler Trio

    Tuesday 20 March 2018 , Albury Wodonga

    One of their most exuberant live acts, John Butler Trio announce more dates to their regional tour along with news of their long awaited seventh studio album and they're coming to Albury. Summer concert events for John Butler Trio fans alr…

    20 Mar
  3. Harness Racing

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Friday 29 June 2018 , Young

    Feel free to come and join the Young Harness Racing Clubs regular Harness racing meetings. These common events include free entry, refreshments and races broadcast live!…

    21 Mar - 29 Jun
  4. Tidal Rhythms: art exhibition

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Sunday 14 October 2018 , Port Macquarie

    The latest exhibition at the Hastings Fine Art Gallery by members of the Hastings Valley Fine Art Association is on display from October 18 to January 17. The exhibition showcases woks in all mediums and styles as well as a collection of …

    21 Mar - 14 Oct
  5. Iconic Australian Houses

    Wednesday 21 March 2018 to Saturday 31 March 2018 , Nowra

    Iconic Australian Houses: an exhibition by Karen McCartney and presented in partnership with Architecture Foundation Australia is a behind-the-scenes exploration of 30 of the most important Australian homes of the past 60 years. The exhibi…

    21 Mar - 31 Mar