Griffith Visitors Information Centre & Interpretive Display
The best place to start your tour of Griffith is at the Visitor Information Centre. Whilst at the Centre take the time to view the free dvd’s which depict the lifestyle of Griffith and local industry. When you have finished we invite you to wander through our interpretive display which tells the story of Griffith from the development of the irrigation scheme through to the wonderful region’s produce.
Stained Glass Window
A kaleidoscope of colour, the Stained Glass Window located at the Visitor Information Centre depicts the view from Griffith’s lookout showing the fields of produce, water wheel and mountain ranges. Just look up and see!
City Park - Rated NSW Top 10 playgrounds The Telegraph January 2013
This fabulous park features the largest rope-climbing structure in the southern hemisphere, the $1.8 million playground also has swings, slides and climbing sets, fitness equipment, a 30m double flying fox and a bike and walking path. There is an enclosed play area for toddlers and a super fun splash pad with upward shooting jets, tipping buckets and water cannons.
Public toilets, Picnic and BBQ areas are also available.
Pioneer Park Museum
Pioneer Park is an open air museum comprising of over 40 historical buildings set in eleven hectares of natural bushland. Pioneer Park commemorates the life and times of our early pioneers, with a special focus on the development of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. Catering is available for coach and group bookings, prior arrangement essential.
The Italian Museum
The museum largely built by the community of Griffith, recognises the significant contribution of the Italian community to the social, cultural and physical development of Griffith and the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. The museum is open for inspection 7 days a week with entrance through Pioneer Park Museum.
Catania Fruit Salad Farm
Catania is a family owned farm, in Australia’s largest Irrigation area, the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. You can view and gain an understanding of how a wide variety of horticulture and viticulture crop are grown. Your journey begins with a look in the original mudbrick home built in 1912, and a bus ride around the farm, sharing the stories and giving you an insight into the history of the pioneers of the time. The farm produces a variety of fruits and nuts which are sampled on the tour. When visiting Catania, you learn about how the Irrigation system delivers water to the farms, how crops are grown and harvested. See the drying of the sugar plum. Enjoy the jams, mustards, prunes, pickles and traditional Sicilian preservative free wine in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Catania Fruit Salad Farm is a great place to visit.
“Experience gourmet produce from the Riverina.” Riverina Grove offers the very best in Australian grown and manufactured gourmet produce. Taste Louis Marangon’s special recipes for pasta sauce, giardiniera, tapenade, fetta antipasto, olives, garlic mixes, tomato relish, plums-in-port, curries, tomato, BBQ & chilli sauces, pickled onions, pesto. Other Riverina products include: salami, cheese & "THE BEST LOCALLY ROASTED COFFEE IN TOWN!".
Hermit’s Cave Lookout & Hermit's Caves
The Hermit’s Cave lookout offers a magnificent panoramic view over our city’s lush farms along to Cocoparra National Park ranges. Below the lookout explore the caves which were once home to Italian born Valerio Ricetti who chose to live the life of a hermit in the 1930’s. View the kitchen, chapel and what was once his magnificent garden.
Cocoparra National Park
Cocoparra National Park is a place of contrasts, eroded cliffs and wide valleys of cypress pine forests. In spring the park comes alive with an array of wildflowers, birdlife and wildlife. The Whitton Stock Route was used by the Cobb & Co coaches in the late 19th century. Cocoparra National Park is located just over 30kms from Griffith.
Image: NPWS, Griffith Area
Lavender fields in a country setting. Home made lavender scones, biscuits, tea & coffee. Gifts and plants for sale. Vintage tractors on display. Approximately 14kms from Griffith. Coaches and groups welcome by appointment. Proprietors Gordon & Jan Hill.
Burley Griffin Community Gardens
An initiative of the Festival of Gardens Committee, the gardens were developed by volunteers on a three hectare site beside the main canal as part of a city beautification program, as was envisaged by Walter Burley Griffin in his original plan for Griffith. The aim was to work towards a permanent legacy for the community.
Griffith Rotary Markets
Held every Sunday 7am to 12 noon at the Cnr Jondaryan Ave & Canal Sts (opposite Griffith Central), the markets showcase a variety of local produce and craft items. Fresh fruit & vegetables, fresh Italian bread, pastries & pizza bases, craft, jewellery, organic produce, flowers, plants and much more.
La Piccola Grosseria & Italian Deli
Specialising in authentic Italian groceries including: coffees, salamis, prociuttos, antipasto, home-made bread, wide range of panettones and a fully imported range of Italian biscuits & cheeses. Located at 444a Banna Avenue Griffith. Open Mon to Fri 8.30am-5.30pm, Sat 8.30am-1pm and Sun 9am-12 noon.
At Codemo they pride themselves on producing the finest traditional style salami, hams, prosciutto, sausages and many other tasty delicacies based on the methods brought to this country from the Veneto region in Italy in the 1950's. Located on Mitchell Lane Griffith. Open Mon to Fri 8am-5pm and Sat 8am-12 noon.
Altina Wildlife Park
This outstanding safari park has unique personalised tours, accomplished in style via a horse drawn cart furnished with comfortable seats. The open-aired and leisurely feel of the tour will allow you to experience close up encounters with our animals. Whilst touring our Park that is cradled amongst majestic River Red Gums, observe many splendid native bird and animal species such as Parrots, Emus, Birds of Prey, Kangaroos and Goannas. The highlight of the tour is the exotic animals that roam in large open styled enclosures which are very content to feed near the cart as we stop for a closer look. Bookings essential. www.altinawildlife.com
Uptown Griffith Cultural Walk
The uptown walk is a self-guided foot tour of cultural features of the CBD of Griffith. The walk aims to identify, highlight and enhance the artistic, cultural and heritage features of Griffith. With many eateries along the way this walk is a delightful way to fill the morning or afternoon. Collect your map from the Visitor Information Centre.
Griffith Italian Heritage Trail
One of the striking features of the regional town of Griffith today is its ‘Italianess’. Some sixty percent of its population 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).
Returned servicemen and assisted British migrants were encouraged to take up irrigation blocks after the First World War when the MIA failed to attract settlers. By the late 1920’s most had relinquished their holdings, due to a lack of farming experience, depressed economic conditions and numerous other problems associated with the new scheme.
The Italian settlers, on the other hand, proved to be central to the scheme’s success. Italians had been arriving in Australia since the 1880’s, escaping poverty and lack of opportunity that characterized rural Italy and in search of benessere (prosperity). Most of the early settlers in Griffith were from the Veneto region. During the 1930’s the number of Italians from Calabria, Sicily and other regions settled in growing numbers. Their farming success attracted a further wave of Italian migration to Griffith in the postwar period.
This heritage trail takes you on a tour of places that tell the story of Italian settlement in Griffith. Some of these places no longer exist, while others have changed little. Collectively, they document the enduring legacy of Italian migration in Griffith’s landscape. Collect your map from the Visitor Information Centre.
Griffith War Memorial Museum
The Griffith War Memorial Museum owes its existence to the returned servicemen from World War 1 who became soldier-settlers in Griffith. They had the foresight to have the Crown Land dedicated as a war memorial. After World War 2, the returned soldiers, sailors, airmen and their families expressed a wish to establish a fitting memorial to those who served. It has only been possible to establish the museum because of their offspring's commitment to remember the sacrifices that were made during times of war. More information on the War Memorial Museum can be found on their website www.gwmm.org.au