Leeton

Rice harvesting, Tourism New South Wales

Population 6829

Leeton was designed by Walter Burley Griffin, the American architect who designed Canberra. Like Canberra, the town is built in a circular fashion with streets radiating from the centre. The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area brought fertility to the dry plains of the Riverina and now Leeton has 102 hectares of public parks and reserves and a thriving primary industry.

Visitor Information

10 Yanco Ave; (02) 6953 6481

www.leetontourism.com.au

Nearby national parks

Nearby towns

  • Narrandera

    This historic town on the Murrumbidgee River in the Riverina district is an urban conservation area with several National...more

  • Griffith

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  • West Wyalong

    John Oxley was the first European explorer to visit West Wyalong. He disliked the region, claiming 'these desolate areas would never again...more

In Town

Visitor centre: beautifully restored building with photographic displays, local artwork and a heritage garden; Yanco Ave.

Sunrice Centre: product displays and tastings, with 'Paddy to Plate' video presentation at 9.30am and 2.45pm on weekdays; Calrose St.

Mick's Bakehouse: home of award-winning pies; Pine Ave.

Art Deco streetscape: includes Roxy Theatre and historic Hydro Motor Inn; Chelmsford Pl.

Nearby

Yanco This town is the site where Sir Samuel McCaughey developed the irrigation scheme that led to the establishment of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area. Attractions in town include McCaughey Park, the Powerhouse Museum and a miniature train that runs on market days. Village Markets are held at Yanco Hall on the last Sun each month. 8 km S.

Fivebough Wetlands: 400 ha home to over 150 species of waterbird with interpretive centre, walking trails and viewing hides; 2 km N.

Brobenah Airfield: gliding and hot-air ballooning; 9 km N.

McCaughey's Mansion: 1899 mansion with stained-glass windows and attractive gardens, now an agricultural high school, but drive-through inspections welcome. Yanco Agricultural Institute nearby is open to the public and provides farmer-training facilities, research and advisory services; 11 km S.

Murrumbidgee State Forest: scenic drives; brochure from visitor centre; 12 km S.

Whitton Historical Museum: housed in old courthouse and gaol with photographs, documents and early farming equipment; 23 km W.

Gogeldrie Weir: pleasant spot for fishing, picnics and camping; 23 km SW.

Wineries: cellar-door tastings and tours at Toorak and Lillypilly Estate; brochure at visitor centre.

Eco-friendly activities around town

Koala-spotting - Narrandera 26 km

Koalas have thrived at Narrandera since they were released in 1972. At Narrandera Nature Reserve you should be able to spot a few.... Find out more


Cafes & restaurants around town

Pages on Pine Restaurant

Owned and operated by a slick husband and wife team, Pages on Pine delights with its seasonally driven, European-influenced, contemporary menu. This is country cuisine with lashings of style, inviting you to soak up the... Find out more


Nearby breweries

William Bull Brewery 39 km

The high-profile, family-run De Bortoli Wines diversifying into craft beer has been one of the longest-running stories around. In the late 1990s they acquired a brewhouse that originally belonged to the ... Find out more


Campsites around town

Middle Beach (MIA II precinct) camping area 9 km

As the most spacious and accessible beach on the Murrumbidgee River, this spot gets plenty of visits from school, fishing and community groups. Access is via Murrumbidgee Forest Dr, 6 km south-west of Yanco. Turn off... Find out more


Ski Beach (MIA II precinct) camping area 10 km

The facilities here are maintained by Leeton Ski Club, and include a concrete ramp, toilets and shaded picnic tables. Access is via the Murrumbidgee River Rd. Bring drinking water. Note: there’s a fire ban... Find out more


Euroley Beach camping area 11 km

This is a good spot for swimming, fishing, paddling and even waterskiing; dry-weather access only via Euroley Rd. Bring drinking water, and note that there’s a fire ban Oct–Easter, when you’ll need to... Find out more


Long Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 11 km

Coming from Yanco, the turn-off onto MIA Forest Dr is about 3.5 km along Trunk Rd. The road to Long Beach camping area is about 8 km east of Yanco. Bring drinking water. Note: gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter.... Find out more


Markeys Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 19 km

The turn-off to this riverside camping spot is a couple of kilometres further along the MIA Forest Dr from the Sandy Beach turn-off. Bring your own drinking water. Note: there’s a solid fuel ban Oct–Easter,... Find out more


Sandy Beach (MIA I precinct) camping area 20 km

Turn off MIA Forest Dr onto Red Gum Rd, about 17 km west of Narrandera. Bring your own drinking water. Note: it’s gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter due to a fire ban.... Find out more


Whitton Beach (MIA III precinct) camping area 21 km

This camping area is 22 km south-west of Yanco, accessible via Forest Dr past Golgelderie Weir. It’s well-shaded, flat and open. Bring drinking water, and note that it’s gas/fuel stove only Oct–Easter.... Find out more


Tims Beach camping area 27 km

Follow Cuba Forest Dr a little further past the turn-off for Cuba Beach, and you’ll find Tims Beach with much the same facilities and activities as Cuba Beach camping area. Bring drinking water and gas/fuel stove... Find out more


Five Mile Reserve camping area 29 km

There’s a boat ramp here, which makes it a popular camping spot for boat-based anglers. It’s 8 km east of Narrandera next to Bundidgerry Creek. To get here, take Old Wagga Rd from Narrandera. Bring drinking... Find out more


Cuba Beach camping area 29 km

You’ll find this spot 19 km east of Darlington Point via Cuba Forest Dr. Swimming, fishing and paddling are a few of the activities possible here on the Murrumbidgee River. Bring your own drinking water. Note:... Find out more


Caravan parks around town

Lake Talbot Tourist Park 27 km

This is a large lakeside park in a quiet location away from the highway, adjoining the town’s popular swimming pool complex. The park has good amenities, a range of accommodation and nicely maintained lawns and... Find out more


Darlington Point Riverside Caravan Park 37 km

Located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River under large, shady river red gums, this is an ideal place for an overnight stop or a few days watching the Murrumbidgee slip by. The park is busy at Easter and a slightly... Find out more


Griffith Tourist Caravan Park 43 km

This owner-operated caravan park stands out because of its excellent facilities and the fact that it is a great base from which to explore the interesting Griffith area. It has a large number of ensuite sites and a... Find out more


Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Historic Hydro Guest House

In the heart of Leeton, the Historic Hydro Guest House (c. 1919) is a landmark heritage-listed building sprawling amid large gardens. One of the oldest buildings in town, it is distinguished by its high ceilings, exposed... Find out more


Leeton Heritage Motor Inn

Greeting all visitors to Leeton from its location at the entry to the town, this motor inn has 26 ground-floor guest rooms providing good-quality motel accommodation with a rustic feel. The rooms and self-contained... Find out more


Rest areas around town

Gillenbah rest area 30 km

98km N of Jerilderie (R) or 11km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway surrounded by trees.


Darlington Point camping area 38 km

At Darlington Point

Numerous campsites in the reserve west of the highway via King St.


Ardlethan rest area 42 km

54km N of Narrandera (L) or 82km SW of West Wyalong (L)

Among trees adjacent to and on both sides of the highway.


Sandigo rest area 47 km

25km SE of Narrandera (R) or 73km NW of Wagga Wagga (L)

Small area just off the highway among a few large trees.


Pipers Reserve camping area 59 km

T/O at Galore

Under shady trees 10km (partly unsealed) north of the highway on the riverbank.


Widgiewa rest area 60 km

59km N of Jerilderie (R) or 50km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Sandside rest area 61 km

56km N of Jerilderie (R) or 53km S of Narrandera (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Beckom rest area 61 km

78km N of Narrandera (L) or 58km SW of West Wyalong (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Birdcage rest area 65 km

84km E of Hay (L) or 89km W of Narrandera (R)

Just off the highway under some shady trees.


Birdcage camping area 65 km

83km E of Hay (L) or 90km W of Narrandera (R)

Well off the highway on the riverbank.


Bundure rest area 76 km

38km N of Jerilderie (L) or 71km S of Narrandera (R)

Well off the highway among some large trees.


Weethalle rest area 78 km

At Weethalle

Adjacent to the highway in the middle of town.


John Oxley rest area 78 km

63km N of Gilandra (R) or 34km S of Coonamble (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees at the John Oxley memorial.


Berry Jerry rest area 82 km

66km SE of Narrandera (L) or 32km NW of Wagga Wagga (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.


Goolgowi rest area 90 km

108km NE of Hay (L) or 2km SW of Goolgowi (R)

Just off the highway among numerous small trees.


What's on around town

Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition: Mar.

Sunrice Festival: even-numbered years, Easter.

Picnic Races: May.

Australian Birdfair: Nov.

Light up Leeton: Dec.

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