Loading

Discover the Riverina Murray

Bertoldo's Bakery, GriffithCREDIT: Destination NSW

Bertoldo’s, a famous family-run bakery in the Riverina town of Griffith.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Discover the
Riverina Murray

Bertoldo's Bakery, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Bertoldo’s, a famous family-run bakery in the Riverina town of Griffith.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Hashtags #lovensw #newsouthwales

With abundant fresh produce, historic cellar doors, lush national parks and brilliant fields of canola in spring, the Riverina Murray is one of NSW’s most exciting destinations. Visit the cultural centre of Wagga Wagga, a five-hour drive southwest of Sydney, and soak up the Italian heritage of Griffith, the Art Deco charm of Leeton and the charming country villages that dot the plains. 

Meet the region’s producers 

The Riverina is known as the food bowl of Australia. Its rich soil and plentiful water produce exceptional citrus fruits, peaches, plums, figs, almonds, lamb, beef, wheat, rice and more. Weekend farmers markets and roadside produce stalls along the Murray River offer delicious produce.  

Start your foodie adventure at the Riverina Producers Market in Wagga Wagga, where orange juice is squeezed from locally grown navel and valencia oranges and stalls are run by family producers. Take a cooking class with Food I Am, on the southern edge of Wagga Wagga, and head 10 minutes north of town to Wollundry Grove Olives, famous for its fine oils and table olives. 

In Griffith, a two-hour drive northwest of Wagga Wagga, call in on the famous family bakery, Bertoldo’s, and, just out of town, take a tour at Catania Fruit Salad Farm; you’ll hop aboard a farm bus to travel through the groves and finish with a tasting of fruits, preserves, wines and nuts.  

You can meet more producers around the Riverina at specialty stores such as Coolamon Cheese Co, an artisan cheesemaker in Coolamon, a 30-minute drive northwest of Wagga Wagga, and the Junee Licorice & Chocolate Factory, which sells its certified organic goodies from the restored Junee Flour Mill, half an hour northeast of Wagga Wagga in Junee.  

Eat at great restaurants and cafés 

All this high-quality local produce makes its way onto the tables of the region’s best restaurants. Embrace Griffith’s Italian roots at Limone, where much of the produce comes from the family farm, and Zecca, which specialises in cucina regionale (traditional regional dishes) and rare pasta shapes. In Wagga Wagga, dine at The Roundabout Restaurant or The Oakroom, both with menus dedicated to premium local ingredients.  

On the Murray River, the stylish Junction Moama, 3.5 hours southwest of Wagga Wagga, showcases locally sourced food and has a huge range of wines, craft beers and cocktails, while Pages on Pine offers French-inspired fine dining in Leeton, 90 minutes northwest of Wagga Wagga. 

Taste some Riverina wine 

The Riverina produces more wine than any other region in NSW. In Griffith, Calabria Family Wines has a long history, and a Tuscan-style cellar door. Fifteen minutes east of town, at Bilbul, the De Bortoli family has been producing wine since 1928; visit the cellar door and have a glass in the garden. Ten minutes further down the road, at Yenda, you can visit Yarran Wines and Berton Vineyards. Or sample a selection of Griffith’s best food and wine on a bespoke outing with Bella Vita Riverina Tours.  

Then make the 40-minute drive south from Griffith to Whitton Malt House, outside of the town of Whitton. This cellar door with a difference showcases what distilleries, breweries and bakers in the state produce with the artisanal malts hand-crafted at the on-site malt house. You’ll be able to sample whisky, vodka and gin made by the likes of Sydney’s Otter Craft Distilling (OCD) and Archie Rose distillery. Make the most of the cellar door and stay at one of Whitton Malt House’s one- and two-bedroom villas overlooking Lake Hulong. 

Or head to Corowa, on the banks of the Murray, 90 minutes southwest of Wagga Wagga, to sample barrel-aged whiskies at the Corowa Distilling Co, housed in the old Corowa Flour Mill. There’s a spacious dining hall and bar, with the gleaming copper stills taking pride of place. 

If beer is more your thing, head for the family-owned Thirsty Crow Brewing Co brewpub in Wagga Wagga for craft beer, pizza and snacks.  

Put on your walking boots 

Two Riverina national parks well worth exploring are Cocoparra National Park, half an hour northeast of Griffith, and Oolambeyan National Park, 90 minutes southwest of Griffith. Wattles, orchids and blue-tinged cypress pines contrast against rich red rocks in Cocoparra, while Oomlambeyan is home to threatened birds such as the plains-wanderer. 

Hike to the top of The Rock lookout, 45 minutes southwest of Wagga Wagga, for spectacular views out over the plains of the Riverina. On a clear day, you can see all the way to the snow-capped peak of Mt Kosciuszko. Cool off with a dip at Wagga Beach on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River, right in the centre of town. 

Coolamon Cheese Factory, Coolamon CREDIT: Destination NSW

The local produce at Coolamon Cheese Factory, Coolamon.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Coolamon Cheese Factory, Coolamon CREDIT: Destination NSW

The local produce at Coolamon Cheese Factory, Coolamon.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Zecca, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Chef making fresh pasta at Zecca Restaurant, Griffith.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Zecca, Griffith CREDIT: Destination NSW

Chef making fresh pasta at Zecca Restaurant, Griffith.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Follow the Canola Trail 

Driving the Canola Trail in the Riverina in spring takes you through idyllic country towns and villages, bursting with life, great food and wine, and history, all while surrounded by the breathtaking, bright yellow pastures and hillsides of canola flowers. The trail is just north of Wagga Wagga, in the triangle formed between the towns of Junee, Temora and Coolamon, and the flowers bloom from late August to October. 

Jump aboard a paddle boat 

Enjoy life on the mighty Murray in a relaxed fashion, soaking up the ambience on a paddle boat cruise from Echuca Moama. Take a trip aboard the MV Emmylou with Murray River Paddlesteamers or the PS Alexander Arbuthnot with Echuca Paddlesteamers

Stay in wonderful accommodation  

In historic Gundagai (home to the Dog on the Tucker Box monument), an hour east of Wagga Wagga, head to Flash Jacks, a luxury boutique hotel that opened on the town’s main street in 2020. Occupying an 1888-built former convent and school, the hotel is named after a Banjo Paterson poem and offers nine stylish rooms. Just out of town, Kimo Estate is a working farm offering stylish accommodation in eco-huts, cottages and shearers’ quarters.  

The Houston in Wagga Wagga is a luxury boutique hotel created from the grand neo-gothic Belmore House, built in 1868. Beautifully restored, with many of the original features, the property offers eight suite types. Both the Mercure Wagga Wagga and Mantra Pavilion Hotel Wagga Wagga offer modern accommodation ranging from rooms to two-bedroom apartments.  

Get a taste of country living at Ingleden Park, a farm stay 15 minutes southeast of Griffith, with two pretty cottages surrounded by gardens. Guests can join in the daily chores, such as bottle-feeding lambs and collecting eggs. 

At Corynnia Station, an hour’s drive west of Griffith, you can stay at The Barracks, a charming two-bedroom cottage with a queen and a twin room, or Maxie’s Retreat, a six-bedroom lodge, on a 7,000-hectare working rice, cotton and wool farm.  

Gryphon Lodge is a cosy B&B just outside Junee, with two bedrooms, a lounge with an open fireplace and homegrown fruit, vegies and eggs. 

Dating back to 1919, the Historic Hydro Motor Inn in Leeton is one of the region’s finest Art Deco buildings. It offers comfortable accommodation with period features, as well as The Freckled Duck bar and restaurant.  

Corynnia Station, Carrathool CREDIT: Corynnia Station

The Corynnia Station farm stay, outside of Griffith in the Riverina region.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

Corynnia Station, Carrathool CREDIT: Corynnia Station

The Corynnia Station farm stay, outside of Griffith in the Riverina region.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

The Houston, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: The Houston Wagga

The Houston boutique hotel in Wagga Wagga.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

The Houston, Wagga Wagga CREDIT: The Houston Wagga

The Houston boutique hotel in Wagga Wagga.

#lovensw #newsouthwales

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

MORE INSPIRATIONAL STORIES

ALL ASSETS FROM THE DESTINATION NSW MEDIA CENTRE ARE FOR EDITORIAL USAGE ONLY AND MUST BE USED IN ACCORDANCE WITH OUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS.


For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

REGISTER
NOW

Access assets curated for media and content creators.

For all non-editorial usage, please
visit the Destination NSW Content Library.

Already have an account?

Permission Request


Destination NSW wants to access your Destination NSW Media Centre account.


This application will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your phone number, if provided
  • View your street address, if provided
  • View basic information about your organization, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This access will help Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


Do you agree to allow this access? If yes, click the REGISTER button.


You can unsubscribe at any time.

Permission Request

Destination NSW wants to review your registration for your Destination NSW Media Centre account.

This review will:

  • View your basic account information
  • View your email address
  • View your basic information about your organisation, if provided
  • View your site usage
  • View your asset download activity

This will assist Destination NSW manage copyright owner rights, provide you with digital assets, keep you updated with new information and improve your user experience.


By clicking REGISTER, you agree that you have read and agree to the TERMS & CONDITIONS and Destination NSW's PRIVACY POLICY


You can unsubscribe at any time.