Griffith charms one with its urban design which came from Berley Griffin , who design of nation capital Canberra , gave also beside that attractive design of this well designed town. Town being center to the RIVERINA region of farming , horticulture and specifically wine industry presents visitors with many delightful impressions. While approaching the town one passes colorful orchards , wineries and fresh water canals providing irrigation for the riches of mother nature produce , so tenderly cultivated by the farmers of the region . Area developed by many generations of Italian migrants who one can say created “Australian Lombardy “ ,in this Riverina region to remind them of far away home , Italy , inspires visitors .. MAMMA MIA , one could say and yes MIA , it is abbreviation of Murrumbidge Irrigation Area, great concept which was developed first at early earth of 1900th , and continued after huge dry spell and drought of 1930th . Of course with Italian migrants hard labour to make the place , huge center for wineries , prunes , oranges , vegetable growing on irrigated fields with water supplied by many canals, also returning Australian soldiers “diggers” from WWI and WWII , played big role in development of town and the whole area. These brave soldiers , here in Riverina swapped arms for plough.
Not far away from Griffith , one can reach by coach or train ,Cootamundra . This lovely town , being birth place of Sir Donald Bradman , top Australian cricket sportsman , brings many cricket player , spectators to pay tribute to this great Australian icon of the sportsman . But not only cricket loving visitors come here . Many others who wish to explore the region find Cootamundra with its history and pleasing architectural designs of buildings , houses and cottages natural choice to stay here for few days . Here one can experience taste of “ true blue” Aussie atmosphere of country town friendliness , see the Victorian and art deco structures and enjoy colours of surrounding hills and fields . The town name as it is said could be derived from Wiradjuri tribe language , where word “ guudhamang “meaning “turtle” , could give origin to the name of town , which was established by gold rush of 1860th .Cootamundra being half way by train trip between Sydney and Melbourne , can provide splendid opportunity to use the place as base for exploration of southern NSW .
The region of NSW with these interesting town can be reached by train , coaches from major cities of Sydney and Melbourne .