GriffithGriffith is a city in south-western New South Wales. Like the Australian capital, Canberra and the nearby town of Leeton, Griffith was designed by Walter Burley Griffin. Griffith was proclaimed a city in 1987.
The entire area of the City of Griffith has a population of 25,140 with a median age of 34.5 and a catchment population of approximately 50,000. Griffith’s population is estimated to reach 35,000 by 2030.
It can be accessed by road from Sydney and Canberra via the Hume Highway and the Burley Griffin Way and from Melbourne via the Newell Highway and either by using the Kidman Way or the Irrigation Way.
The city of Griffith contains no traffic lights, only roundabouts.
Griffith is the regional service centre for the vast Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area – the most productive agricultural and agribusiness region in New South Wales, if not Australia. Thanks to irrigation Griffith is rich in agriculture and it is only appropriate that the city is known as Australia’s "Wine and Food Country". Fine wines, international standard restaurants, an incredible range of fresh produce and opportunities to visit farms are only a small part of the varied experiences available.
Griffith is a growing city and is evident by the many developments occurring. Griffith’s commercial sector is one of the largest for its size in Australia. Griffith is currently seeking a private hospital and university campus to be built in the city. There are several motel and hotel developments also occurring within the city. Residential development is a reflection of the city’s 2.4% growth rate and industrial growth remains strong with many large companies and company expansions.
Griffith is home to many national retailers including Woolworths, Coles, Ritchies Super IGA, Big W, Target, The Reject Shop, Go-Lo and Best and Less. Major Homemaker retailers include Bunnings Warehouse, Harvey Norman, Lindcraft, The Warehouse, Fantastic Furniture, Everyday Living, Barbeques Galore, Super Cheap Auto and Repco. Major fast food outlets of Griffith include McDonalds, KFC, Red Rooster, Eagle Boys and 2 Subways.
A state-of-the-art 12 lane bowling alley and 4 screen cinema complex have also recently opened.
Griffith is home to the Riverina’s largest employer, Bartter Enterprises. Griffith also has several large wineries including De Bortoli Wines and Casellas Wines (makers of Yellowtail wine), one of the large wine exporters in Australia; and the Summertime Juice Factory.
Griffith is the second largest centre for education in the Riverina after Wagga Wagga. Griffith is home to three high schools: Wade High School, Griffith High School & Marian Catholic College (formerly Catholic High School).
Griffith also has 13 primary schools and various day care and pre-school facilities. Griffith has one of the largest campuses of TAFE NSW Riverina Institute. There have been recent plans to construct a fifth campus of Charles Sturt University in Griffith. Griffith City Council believes this will further aid the city’s growth.
Griffith has many attractions which make the city very enticing for tourists. These include Pioneer Park Museum, a 510 seat Regional Theatre, the Italian museum, the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, craft and antique shops, and its many high standard restaurants. Many of the Griffith wineries also have wine tasting at the cellar door, notably De Bortoli Wines, McWilliams, Beelgara Estate (formally Rossetto Wines), West End Wines, Miranda Wines and Riverina Wines. Scenic Hill has various walking trails, lookouts and is home to the famous Hermit’s Cave. Nericon Swamp is one of only 40 world listed habitats for migratory birds. Nearby Cocoparra National Park offers walking trails and there are opportunities to explore along the Murrumbidgee River and Lake Wyangan.