Griffith and the adjacent town of Leeton were designed by Walter Burley Griffin. The city is named after Sir Arthur Griffith who was the first Public Works Minister of New South Wales. The city was set up in the year 1916 and officially proclaimed as a city in 1987. The city was established with the intention of providing irrigational waters from the Murrumbidgee River which was to be used for farming purposes. The area was inhabited by Italians primarily since a very long period and they helped in the setting up of the wineries. The Griffith city has seen tremendous improvement in the past few decades.
The climate of Griffith is of a tropical type which is characterised by warm, humid summers and extremely cool winters. During the summer months of January and February, the temperatures soar up to 33ēC or more, while in winters the temperatures drop down to 3ēC or lower. The city experiences rainfall mainly in the summer months with an average of 35mm.
Griffith is well connected to the major cities of Australia through its road network. The Griffith Buslines operates buses from Griffith to nearby villages. The city is a major junction point for Irrigation Way, Kidman Way and Burley Griffin Way. The city has regular bus services to major cities and a special Xplorer bus service to Sydney on weekends. The Griffith Airport has daily flights to Sydney.
Griffith also has a rich cultural scenario which is represented by the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, Pioneer Park Museum, Italian Museum, Griffith Regional Theatre and Griffith Regional Aquatic Leisure Centre. The Griffith Regional Theatre is an auditorium having 526 seats and is used by local artists, schools, amateur theatre companies, theatre groups and touring performers. There are regular productions from many of the performing arts groups of Australia.
Griffith has a variety of tourist attractions which makes it a popular tourist destination. There is a whole range of wineries in the city which are excellent for getting a practical experience of the wine-making process. Many of the wineries even have the wine-tasting cellars at the entrance. The popular tourist destinations in the Griffith city are:
- Nericon Swamp
- Pioneer Park
- Miranda Wines
- Hermits Cave
- Lake Wyangan
- Cocoparra National Park
- De Bortoli Wines
- Italian Museum
Griffith has a variety of local shops which offer local handicrafts and items at reasonable prices. Griffith also has many metropolitan shopping centres like Griffith Plaza, Griffith Lifestyle Centre, The Gateway Centre, Griffith City Plaza and Griffith Woolworths Complex which offer a wide variety of shopping options for shopaholics from all over the world. Griffith also has many standard restaurants which are located in different part of the city and especially along these plazas and shopping hubs.
Griffith offers both cheap and luxurious accommodation options in:
- Best Western Kidman Wayside Inn
- Comfort Inn Gemini
- Griffith Motor Inn