Griffith may not be the best known of Australia’s cities, but to sommeliers this small community in rural New South Wales is celebrated as a gateway to a Promised Land of vineyards, bodegas and all things grape. The city is surrounded by vineyards, and some of the larger operations have wine tasting at the cellar door, allowing visitors to get up close and personal with the local produce.
Griffith is also noted for its ecotourism. The appropriately named Scenic Hill offers a number of walking trails and lookouts, and is home to the famous Hermit's Cave where a lone inhabitant built a home of terraced gardens, cisterns, dry-stone walls and bridges in the mid-20th century. Also located nearby is Nericon Swamp, part of the Griffith Wetlands Important Bird Area, while Cocoparra National Park is another paradise for hikers, offering easy access to Murrumbidgee River and Lake Wyangan.
Last, but by very no means least, visit the town’s very first set of traffic lights at the intersection of Burrell Place and Wakaden Street which were only installed in February 2010.