Yes, there are currently restrictions on flights to Griffith along with the rest of Australia. Before you book or search for flights, consider the following restrictions: Australia has restricted the entry of all travelers, with the exception of Australian nationals and permanent residents and their immediate family members, New Zealand nationals residing in Australia, diplomats accredited to Australia and residing in Australia and their immediate family members, and airline crew. Nationals of the Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Kiribati, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia (Federated States), Nauru, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Niue, Palau, Papua New Guinea, American Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu can transit through Australia to a third country without a visa. The same applies to travelers who reside in the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, or New Caledonia. The onward flight must be within 72 hours of their arrival in Australia. If there are less than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in the international transit area of the airport and have documents required for the next destination. If there are more than 8 hours between flights, travelers must stay in mandatory quarantine at a state designated facility until the time of the departing flight. All travelers entering Australia must self-isolate for a period of 14 days from their arrival into Australia. If the duration of their stay is less than 14 days, they must self-isolate for the entire duration. Airline crew who are nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate at their place of residence (or hotel) between flights, or for 14 days, whichever is shorter. Airline crew who are not nationals or residents of Australia must self-isolate in their hotel on arrival until their next flight. Nationals of Australia are not allowed to travel out of Australia, except for people who regularly reside in another country, airline and maritime crew, freight personnel, offshore facility personnel, government personnel, and Australian Defence Force personnel. . If you are looking to book a trip to Griffith and are outside of the restricted areas, please take the proper precautions and stay informed about travelling during COVID-19.
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.
Due to the Griffith’s close relationship with wine, a good time of year to visit is during the grape harvest, beginning in early January and lasting into late February and early March. Once the grapes are picked, be sure to extend your stay to experience La Festa, an annual celebration of food, wine and cultural diversity held over Easter. October sees another annual highlight in the shape of the Griffith Festival of Gardens when specially selected town, farm and outback gardens open for the weekend. Refreshments will be available, as will transport to and from the gardens, with all proceeds going to charity. Alternatively, visit in August to experience the widely heralded Festival of the Sausage when the city’s large Italian population celebrates the art of salami making. And if meat isn’t your thing, the Citrus Sculpture Display, also held in October, sees the city adorned with all manner of sculptures… made exclusively from oranges.
Be sure to hire a car at the airport as some of the city’s major attractions lie in the surrounding countryside. Griffith itself is served by reasonably-priced Griffith Buslines. Services also run to destinations outside the city, including Hanwood, Beelbangera and Darlington Point. Senior citizens can take advantage of a RED ticket, which entitles them to unlimited daily travel.