Established in 1916 as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Scheme, Griffith is the largest town in the Riverina. Walter Burley Griffin, famed modernist architect of Canberra planned and designed much of it. Sixty percent of Griffith's population claims an Italian heritage which gives the city distinctive italianate feel. There's good coffee to be had, authentic trattorias and deli's to die for.

Experience this Italian heritage first hand at the Pioneer Park and Italian Museum. The largest NSW museum west of the Blue Mountains, Pioneer Park is set in 11 hectares of natural bushland. Pioneer Park gives you a genuine feeling for the unique character of the Murrumbidgee area; here you can traverse its prehistory, examine its sparse settlement of the 19th century and view Griffith as a multi-cultural oasis of today. 

Griffith Regional Art Gallery is located in a classic 1930s art deco building designed by architect Arthur Buckley Long and is situated in the heart of the city. The Gallery holds two major collections–the Griffith Couture Collection by designers Ross Weymouth and John Clarringbold and The National Contemporary Jewellery Collection that includes acquisitions from the Gallery’s biennial National Contemporary Jewellery Award.

Right next door, the Griffith War Memorial Museum owes its existence to the returned servicemen from World War I who became soldier-settlers in Griffith. They had the foresight to have the Crown Land dedicated as a war memorial. Each Anzac Day a new exhibition is set up to feature a different aspect of Australia’s military campaigns and the involvement of members of the Griffith community.

One hour south-east of Griffith is the Yanco Power Station. Built in 1913 to supply power to the developing Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and the Leeton Butter Factory, the station was decommissioned in the late 1950s once the Snowy Hydroelectric scheme was operational is a worthwhile detour when exploring Griffith's surrounds. Take a look at the nearby Historic Hydro Motor Inn, a magnificent hotel built using cinders from the power station. Originally operating as home to the administration of the Snowy Hydroelectric Scheme, it now operates as a heritage hotel and restaurant.

Griffith is at the heart of the vast Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and produces about sixty percent of the grapes grown in NSW. While you're here visit big-name wineries and stock up on local produce such as jams, preserves or pasta sauces. Find out more at Visit NSW

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