Allow the palate to party hard – delicious food and wine is a Riverina hallmark. Visit in October for the TASTE Riverina Food Festival, check out regular farmers’ markets, or tour Catania Fruit Salad Farm in Griffith.
Vineyards flourish in the Riverina around Wagga Wagga, Leeton, Gundagai, and Hay. However, Griffith is top pick: its generous cellar-door options include big-name wineries like De Bortoli and Casella Wines.
Riverina’s past compels and opportunities to relive history are boundless. With five museums, Hay is a great starting point. The Hay Internment & Prisoner of War Camps Interpretive Centre at Dunera Museum and Shear Outback: The Australian Shearers’ Hall of Fame are standouts.
Griffith’s prominent Italian heritage is among the themes divulged at the Griffith Pioneer Park Museum. Or be absorbed by the yarns revealed at Gundagai Gaol.
Uncover Jerilderie’s bushranger link along the Ned Kelly Raid Trail, hear chilling tales on a Monte Cristo Historic Homestead ghost tour in Junee, view an outstanding collection at Temora Aviation Museum, or photograph the eye-catching art deco Roxy theatre in Leeton. Deniliquin’s Peppin Heritage Centre continues the Riverina’s historical diversity by comprehensively highlighting Merino breeding and wool exportation.
Art excels in the Riverina and the thriving city of Wagga Wagga steals the spotlight. The Wagga Wagga Art Gallery includes the prized Margaret Carnegie Print Collection and the National Art Glass Collection.
The Doris Golder Wool Art Gallery in Lockhart is a great find, and the Griffith Regional Art Gallery has an interesting couture collection.
Gundagai earns attention for its famous Dog on the Tuckerbox statue, but another creation by talented sculptor Frank Rusconi is not to be missed – the Marble Masterpiece.
For culture of a different kind, the iconic Deni Ute Muster each September/October long weekend at Deniliquin is a bustling event.