Welcome to Leeton Shire – “The Art Deco Capital of Regional Australia”
From camping and summer fun at Gogeldrie Weir to the ultimate 1920s and 30s immersion at the Australian Art Deco Festival in July, you’ll never be short of things to do in Leeton Shire.
Nature-lovers will delight in the stunning Fivebough Wetlands year-round, a haven for avid birdwatchers. Families will love Mountford Park, a must-do for kids and a short walk from top- notch coffee shops.
Another must for visitors is the recently opened Leeton Museum and Gallery. Admire the juxtaposition of modern spaces against the State Heritage-listed building and dive into the story of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area and Leeton’s significance. Don’t miss a peek at the curated and travelling exhibition spaces while you’re there. If you’re staying the night, the town’s nightlife won’t disappoint. Dine out in style at French and Italian restaurants, all within a stone’s throw of the magnificent Roxy Theatre (you’ll even find it lit up at night when it’s open).
A visit to Yanco offers fascinating insights into the origins of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, along with fun for the whole family. The kids will love riding the five- kilometre trail from Yanco to Leeton, and won’t want to miss the Yanco Powerhouse Museum and miniature railway either. If you’re tuckered out, make for McCaughey Bicentennial Park to rest and relax as you watch the water birds frolic by the natural spring-fed waterhole. Time your visit during the summer, and the kids will no doubt make the most of the Yanco Splash Pad too.
Peek into the past when you visit the historic township of Whitton. In Memorial Park, see the monument to the pioneers of Whitton and the teamsters who travelled the nearby stock route in the 1850s. It also highlights the use of ‘whips and whims’ to raise water for the village. Check out Charred Memories which forms part of the Lyrics, Landscapes and Lintels Public Art Trail to unearth more of the shire’s history, or make a point of visiting the Whitton Courthouse and Historical Museum. A visit to the nearby Southern Cotton gin is a must-do as long as you’ve timed your visit with the season (tours run from April right through to spring) and see the ginning process first-hand. Next door, you’ll find the region’s newest premier attraction – Whitton Malt House – a world-first journey from the farm gate through the malting process, right through to the range of finished products which you’ll get to taste as a key part of the experience, of course.
What Murrami lacks in size it makes up for in fascinating historical and agricultural insights into the region. Here you’ll find the award-winning Randall’s Organic Rice as well as Rocking Horse Restorations, the home of long-time local Libby Bailey’s collection of antique and vintage rocking horses (by appointment only).