Griffith is a regional city in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area that is rich in agriculture and known as Australia's "Wine and Food Country".
Griffith is a city in south-western New South Wales, known commonly as the food bowl of Australia.
Griffith is located 550 km west of Sydney and 450 km north of Melbourne.
Griffith Airport is located just north of Griffith. Rex provides daily flights to Sydney.
Griffith railway station is served by a weekly NSW TrainLink Xplorer service from Sydney.
NSW TrainLink also operates a daily road coach service from Mildura to Wagga Wagga stopping at Griffith. This service connects at Wagga Wagga with NSW Trainlink rail services to Sydney and Melbourne.
The major sources of employment in Griffith are:
- Agriculture, forestry and fishing
- Retail trade
- Health care and social services
- Education and training
Griffith Base Hospital is a 116 bed C1 peer grouped District Hospital providing a range of acute specialist services (resident & visiting) including emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, paediatric medicine, oncology, obstetrics, intensive care, respiratory medicine, renal dialysis and rheumatology. Of the 116 beds, 16 are day surgery beds, six are renal dialysis chairs 10 are Hospital in the Home ‘beds’, and 14 are bassinets. Allied Health Services include Physiotherapy, Dietetics, Pharmacy and Aboriginal Health. There are a range of diagnostic services including Pathology, CT, Nuclear Medicine, Ultrasound, General X-Ray and Mammography.
St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital Griffith is a 40 bed Acute Private Medical/Surgical Hospital that is opening at the end of October 2016. There are 20 In-Patient beds that will provide 24/7 care for overnight surgical and medical patients. There are also 20 beds allocated to Day Surgery. Specialties at the hospital include Ophthalmology, Endoscopy, Gynaecology, Urology, Orthopaedics, Vascular Surgery, ENT and General Surgery. The hospital also has the Murrumbidgee Teaching and Learning Centre which provides a state of the art facility for students from UNSW, Notre Dame, Wollongong and Charles Sturt Universities to access training and learning facilities that include, hot desk learning areas, clinical simulation facilities and quick access to hospital based training and learning opportunities.
There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Griffith.
Griffith Medical Centre
Your Health Griffith
Griffith is the third largest centre for education in the Riverina and is home to three high schools and 13 primary schools.
Griffith also has one of the largest campuses of Riverina Institute of TAFE. There have been recent plans to construct a fifth campus of Charles Sturt University in Griffith.
Griffith offers young families a number of options suitable for children from 6 weeks to school aged, for occasional care, long day care, family day care and pre-school.
Griffith has a number of large supermarket including both Coles and Woolworths. It also has several shopping areas featuring well known national chains such as Target, Big W, Harvey Norman and many unique boutique stores.
There are many places of worship located in Griffith including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Islamic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches.
Griffith Easter Party (March/April)
Fiesta Della Salsicce (Festival of the Sausage) (August)
Real Juice Company Citrus Sculptures (October)
Griffith Festival of Gardens (October)
Mulitcultural Festival (October)
Taste Griffith (October)
Points of Interest
Griffith has many tourist attractions. These include Pioneer Park, a 510-seat Regional Theatre, the Italian museum, the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, craft and antique shops, and many high standard restaurants. Many of the Griffith wineries also have wine tasting at the cellar door. Annual events include:
- Riverina Field Days, which is held annually in May.
- La Festa, Wine, Food and Multicultural Festival, which is held annually over the Easter weekend.
- Festival of Gardens, which is held annually in October
- Sikh Games, held annually on the June Long Weekend
- unWINEd, held annually on the June Long Weekend
- Multicultural Festival of Griffith – each year in October