Things to do in Griffith
From world class wines and a wide variety of dining to fascinating local history and stunning gardens – Griffith has something for everybody. Stay a while and enjoy the numerous natural wonders, living history and cosmopolitan culture.
Visit the caves lived in and constructed by the Hermit of Scenic Hill and imagine living there yourself. Learn about pioneering days at local museums and amble amongst local art and crafts, many of them for sale.
Relax and get back to nature with a bush walk in the nearby Cocoparra National Park or visit Altina Wildlife Park and see exotic animals close up.
Where is it and how do you get there?
The city of Griffith is located in the Riverina Region of south-western New South Wales, about 570 kilometres west of Sydney.
The Melbourne XPT runs twice daily from Sydney and stops at Cootamundra and/or Wagga Wagga with a connecting coach to Griffith. On Saturdays only, the Griffith XPLORER runs from Sydney to Griffith.
To check times, use the booking form on the left.
Griffith has regular local bus services that operate through Griffith and surrounding towns and villages, a taxi service, hire car companies and bus tour operators.
What to do and see
Griffith's wine region is renowned for its cool climate wines, and is one of the largest wine growing regions in New South Wales. Sit back and relax at one of the many wineries around Griffith, surrounded by acres of vines, and enjoy a delectable meal, a high quality glass of wine and other produce on offer such as mature cheeses.
Discover how farming and irrigation was handled in early pioneering days at the Pioneer Park Museum. Set on 11 hectares of bushland the museum contains 40 original and recreated buildings, with hundreds of historical items, original furnishings and related exhibitions including rural machinery.
Griffith's Italian heritage is celebrated in the Griffith Italian Museum, which is located within the Pioneer Park Museum grounds. A variety of artefacts are on display that pioneering Italian families brought with them on their long voyage to Griffith.
Visit the fascinating Regional Art Gallery that hosts a wide variety of exhibitions including photographs, sketches and paintings through to sculptures. The gallery is part of the Griffith Soldiers Memorial Hall complex which was built in the 1930s in beautiful art deco style.
Browse contentedly at the Cottage Gallery which offers a wide variety of high quality hand made and hand painted art and craft work on sale from local artists.
View further evidence of local creativity at the Griffith Regional Theatre, home to a large soft sculptured curtain which depicts the Griffith landscape and lifestyle, and was hand sewn by over 300 people in the community. As you enter the theatre, don’t miss the series of mosaic sculptures portraying Griffith’s cultural diversity.
There is something for all the family at the Altina Wildlife Park located along the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. Enjoy the stunning scenery and view exotic animals while riding a horse drawn cart - pass the camels, bison, water buffalo, ostriches, giraffe and many more.
Visit the Hermits Caves, just outside the Griffith CBD, where for nearly ten years Valerio Ricetti (a miner from Broken Hill) made his home and became known as the Hermit of Scenic Hill. As well as creating a variety of living areas, walkways and a chapel, Valerio built a series of terraces and other areas to grow his crops.
Scenic Hill lookout consists of a number of lookouts with picturesque views across the city to the plains, towards the Cocoparra ranges. As well as the lookouts, a number of easy to moderate walking trails cross over the hill.
Other lookouts that are worth viewing are the Wongabong Lookout, Rotary Lookout and Sir Dudley de Chair’s Lookout which looks across orchards, vineyards and rice paddies to Cocoparra National Park and further.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see an original Riverina forest with wattles, orchids and ironbarks at Cocoparra National Park just 25 kilometres north east of Griffith. Covered in beautiful wildflowers in the springtime, the park is perfect for bushwalking, camping, picnicking and photography.
The cool climate of Griffith supports the growth of many stunning gardens which are open during the annual Festival of Gardens in October. In particular, the award winning Belle Amour Garden is open year round by appointment. Ramble through this lovingly tended garden with its water feature, rose arbours and rare and exotic species.
Visit a lavender farm and inhale the perfumed lavender fields. Browse through the exquisite range of lavender products – dried lavender, lavender oil, skin care products and gift items.
Delight your tastebuds by a visit to Catania Fruit Salad Farm and sample dried and fresh fruits, home-made mustards, traditional home made wine, sugar plums and jams. Built in the 1920s Catania is one of the oldest farms in the area with a mud brick home and runs informative tours where you learn about the irrigation system and the process of harvesting.