Photo: Fertile Countryside of Riverina Region, NSW
Famous wineries and great food, beautiful surrounding countryside of the Riverina region and plenty of things to do make Griffith a place to visit in the south central of the state of NSW. Banjo Paterson hails from here, as does Walter Griffin, who laid the foundations for the design of the city of Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, as well as Griffith itself and the town of Leeton.
With a strong Italian heritage, wineries here include De Bortoli, McWilliam’s and Calabria Family Wines as well as the Yellowtail wines from Casella. Visiting one or more of the cellar doors here is well recommended if you love wines.
The historical Heritage Protected town of Narrandera has a number of attractions. There is also a track that takes in the sights of the area, including the Murrumbidgee River and Lake Talbot.
Experiences to enjoy during your visit here include the Fivebough Wetlands, the Shear Outback, Hay Gaol and the Big Guitar.
Near Leeton with some five kilometres of walking trails, the Fivebough Wetlands has an amazing variety of birdlife that you can observe from their special sites within the park, dedicated to just that. More than 180 bird species have been seen here, especially waterbirds, both migratory and Australian.
Visit the Budyaan Baamirra Centre at the reserve or visit their Fivebough Website for more information.
At the Shear Outback, on the corner of Sturt and Cobb Highways near Hay you can experience, learn about the past and today about this important Australian industry. There are exhibitions, a real working woolshed, there are shearers, sheep and dogs and others that all contributed.
You can sheep being shorn, working dogs in action, literally everything there is to see and know as well as have your questions answered about life and work in this pastoral industry. There are artefacts from the past and a hall of fame of famous Australian names. See their website: Shear Outback.
At the Narrandera Nature Reserve, there is also a Koala Reserve, which protects them and allows them to breed. You can actually see them throughout the nature reserve.
The Big Guitar is exactly that: Big. Built to promote the Narranderra’s Country Music Club, the length is almost six metres and height, two metres. You can try and play it if you can, failing that, take some pictures. Located at the Narrandera Visitor Information Centre, Cadell Street (Newell Hwy).
Within the park there are numerous walking tracks to various points of interest in the park. Along the way, your sure to spot wildlife, including kangaroos, wallabies and emus. In the spring, the place blooms with wildflowers. More about the Cocoparra National Park.
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