Backpacking Griffith

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    GOOD PLACE TO FIND SOME FRUIT PICKING OR HARVESTING WORK: Photo courtesy Destination New South Wales
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    TRY SOME OF THE EXCELLENT LOCAL WINES AT PLACES LIKE THE BEELGARA WINERY: Photo - Paul Foley, courtesy Destination New South Wales
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Griffith Highlights

  • Earn some extra cash, as this is one of the main fruit picking areas for backpackers in New South Wales.

  • At the Pioneer Park Museum you can gain an understanding of the unique character of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, from prehistory, through the sparsely settled 19th century, to the multi-cultural oasis of today.

  • Visit Cocoparra National Park to see some great views of the Riverina's rare forest remnants. Also, after very heavy rains you can often witness fast flowing creeks, waterfalls and colourful wildflowers.

About Griffith

Population 24,000

The large town of Griffith was designed by Walter Burley Griffin (who designed Australia's capital city - Canberra) and as a result, bares a striking resemblance (though on a smaller scale), to the nation's capital - Canberra.

The town has a thriving commercial centre and is also a major agricultural centre and one of the larger wine growing regions in New South Wales, with more than a dozen wineries in the district.

Early Italian settlers from the days of the Broken Hill mining boom have left their mark on the town and a distinctly Italian flavour can be found in the restaurants and bars.

Fruit picking is big business in Griffith, and is the main reason backpackers visit the town. The grape harvest usually begins around mid-February and lasts for six to eight weeks. The citrus harvest starts in November and finishes around March.

Orientation Map for Griffith

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Griffith Visitor Information Centre

Corner Banna and Jondaryan Avenue
Griffith, New South Wales
Phone 1800 681 141