One of the most productive food growing areas in NSW, the Riverina has a busy harvest trail throughout the year. There are also leisure activities in abundance including events most weekends, cellar doors and excellent restaurants, water sports on the Murrumbidgee, Edward and Lachlan rivers, cultural and nature trails (including a large number of established bird watching sites) and a strong historical and pastoral heritage to explore. Choose a base and then take day trips to the many towns and villages conveniently dotted across the region.
Griffith is the multicultural heart of the Riverina with a proud Italian heritage and is often described as the gateway to the NSW outback. Fertile soils combined with irrigation have produced some of the best wineries and local produce which inevitably find their way into the array of excellent cafes and restaurants on offer. With Lake Wyangan, Cocoparra National Park and the Murrumbidgee all close by, the outdoors is to be explored in Griffith.
At the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, is Leeton, with its Art Deco facades, its many access points to the Murrumbidgee and the internationally recognised Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands. It is also the home to SunRice and an abundant citrus industry.
Famous for its annual Ute Muster, Deniliquin or "Deni" as it is affectionately called is an oasis on the Edward River. The area is an important rice growing area and is home to one of the biggest rice mills in the southern hemisphere. The town is also part of the Long Paddock touring route which celebrates the pastoral and colonial heritage of the area through interpretive panels, stories and sculptures.