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Murrumbidgee & ACT | Western NSW

Created as part of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation area, Griffith is now synonymous with good food and wine due to its agricultural productivity and diverse population.

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Location

Griffith is a city in south-western NSW, located 650 km (nearly 7 hr drive) west of Sydney and 500 km (6 hr drive) north of Melbourne. It is 190km (2 hr drive) from Wagga Wagga.

Griffith is surrounded by vast orchards and vineyards, some of Australia’s best-known wineries are located in the Griffith region.

How to get there

Griffith Airport is located just north of Griffith. Daily flights to Sydney are available with Regional Express (REX).

NSW TrainLink operates a daily road coach service from Mildura to Wagga Wagga stopping at Griffith.

Population

More than 19,000 people live in Griffith – the median age of residents is 36 years. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people make up 5% of the population.

Griffith is located within the Murrumbidgee Primary Health Network. The healthcare needs in the region are identified in this assessment.

Healthcare facilities

Griffith Base Hospital is a 114-bed regional referral public hospital providing a range of acute specialist services (resident and visiting) including emergency medicine, general medicine, general surgery, paediatric medicine, oncology, obstetrics, intensive care, respiratory medicine, renal dialysis and rheumatology.

Co-located with Griffith Base Hospital is St Vincent’s Private Community Hospital a 40-bed acute medical/surgical hospital. Located within the hospital is the Murrumbidgee Teaching and Learning Centre – a clinical teaching and resource facility that support students from the Universities of Wollongong, Charles Sturt, Notre Dame and NSW.

There is an Ambulance Service of NSW station in Griffith.

Accredited GP practices

  • Griffith Aboriginal Medical Service
  • Griffith Medical Centre
  • Kookora Surgery
  • Your Health Griffith

  • Industry

The main industry sectors employing residents of Griffith are: poultry processing, wine and other alcoholic beverage manufacturing, hospitals, retail and secondary education.
  • Education

Griffith is the third largest centre for education in the Riverina with three high schools and 13 primary schools. Charles Sturt University’s Griffith Regional University Study Centre is located on the TAFE NSW Riverina Institute Griffith Campus.
  • Childcare

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.
  • Shopping

There are numerous shopping centres and plazas in Griffith, with large supermarkets including Coles and Woolworths, national chain stores such as Target, Big W, Harvey Norman as well as many specialty and boutique stores.
  • Places of worship

There are many places of worship located in Griffith including Anglican, Baptist, Catholic, Uniting and Presbyterian churches. There is also a mosque in Griffith.
  • Points of interest

Griffith has many attractions including City Park, Griffith Regional Theatre, Griffith Italian Museum, Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Lake Wyangan and walking tracks at Jacks Creek and Falcon Falls. Griffith hosts events throughout the year, many with an emphasis on fine food and wine.
  • Sporting activities

Griffith’s sporting facilities support numerous sporting clubs including: Australian rules football, badminton, basketball, hockey, boating, bowling, shooting, cricket, cycling, golf, netball, soccer, swimming and tennis. Many of the clubs have their own websites and social media pages.
  • Community groups and activities

There are numerous community, service and social groups in Griffith, the Griffith Community Services Directory is a good starting point.
  • Social media groups

There are a range of social media pages and groups about life in Griffith, notable pages include Griffith City Council, Griffith Community Notice Board, Griffith Regional Art Gallery and Western Riverina Arts.