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Welcome to Griffith
Griffith is one of Australia’s most vibrant cosmopolitan centres, exuding a rich blend of cultures and traditions. Today, more than sixty nationalities add to the cultural tapestry which includes Italian, Indian, Afghani and Pacific communities.
Griffith is the agricultural powerhouse of the Riverina. The region is one of the most diverse and productive in Australia, contributing over $1.5 billion annually to the national economy.
One of Griffith’s most endearing features is Banna Avenue, an attractive tree-lined main street stretching several blocks. With an enviable strip of enticing boutiques, gift shops, galleries and Italian cafés, it’s a wonderful place to spend your time. Window shop with a gelato or relax at an outdoor café table with a glass of local pinot grigio and watch the passers-by.
Life in Griffith revolves around food, wine, sport and family. The annual festivals are a wonderful time to visit as they showcase our local food and world class wines, friendly people and colourful cultures.
Once you visit Griffith we know you will feel at home, especially when you’ve had a taste of our genuine hospitality. With great local food producers, wineries and passionate chefs, it is little wonder Griffith is fast becoming the new destination for foodies.
Learn about our region’s history at Griffith Pioneer Park Museum, get educated about the pioneers, the making of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and the Italian migrants.
Take a stroll behind the main street and check out the incredible Banna Lane Murals featuring large-scale artworks and painted padmount transfers. The fresh and modern murals bring these otherwise bare walls to life.
Lake Wyangan is a picturesque lake located 12kms to the north of Griffith. The lake is a popular picnic spot for families offering several BBQ shelters which are clean and well maintained.
The Griffith War Memorial Museum, housed in an attractive art deco building in the main street, displays items of military interest and aspects of the social history linked to military operations of ex-servicemen and women and their families from Griffith and districts. Next to the Museum is the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, which hosts an exceptional annual program of touring and local exhibitions as well as art classes and workshops with leading artists.
Seven master sculptors from across the globe gathered in Griffith during May 2016 to create beautiful stone sculptures, a lasting legacy to the City of Griffith in recognition of 100 years of progress. Working with 3-tonne blocks of granite and various powered hand tools, the sculptors sawed, chiselled and polished for 17 days to create unique sculptures. The artists were selected as among the best hard-stone sculptors in the world, (not many artists can work intensely for 17 days to create and complete a large work).
No trip to Griffith is complete without a visit to some of the city’s wonderful wineries. The regions wine industry has a strong heritage of Australian pioneers and Italian immigrants who saw the potential of the Mediterranean climate, Murrumbidge Irriagtion Scheme and the rich red soil of the Riverina. Tour our winery cellar doors and discover our regional heroes such as Durif, Montelpuciano, Pinot Grigio and Vermentino. All wineries are family-owned!
Experience the regional produce and meet the growers on a local farm tour. A great way to learn more about our unique region. Tours include whatever is in season and is a great way to spend a few hours.
With over 50 eateries, you are bound to find a delicious bite to eat from a range of cuisines and of course you can’t go past our exceptional Italian food – gnocchi, pizza, cannoli and gelato – delicious! With great local food producers, wineries and passionate chefs, it is little wonder Griffith is fast becoming the new destination for foodies.
The picturesque main street, Banna Avenue, hosts a beautiful and unique range of boutique stores offering gifts, clothing, shoes and more. Griffith certainly punches above its weight as a regional shopping mecca!
One of the striking features of the town of Griffith is its ‘Italianness’. Some sixty percent of its population can claim an Italian heritage. Griffith was established in 1916 as part of the new Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA). The largest town in the Riverina, it was designed by Walter Burley Griffin (architect of Australia’s capital city, Canberra)