“Uninhabitable and useless to civilised man.”
John Oxley, European Explorer, 1817
200 years later and Griffith has become more than Oxley could have ever imagined. An abundant oasis at the heart of The Riverina, Griffith is a vibrant cosmopolitan centre. A powerhouse in agriculture and manufacturing; the city has a vibrant, rich blend of cultures and traditions that span over 60 nationalities and celebrate food, wine, sport and family.
Griffith is centrally-located, within The Riverina; 450km from Melbourne, 570 from Sydney, and 350 from Canberra. The airport services flights from Qantas and Regional Express to Sydney, and Sharp Airlines to Melbourne. Griffith is easily accessible to metro areas, but it also acts as “Gateway to the Outback” and sits on the Kidman Way, an important north-south touring route through inland Australia from Jerilderie up to Bourke. Griffith sits on Wiradjuri Country, whose people are known as “people of three rivers”; the Macquarie, the Lachlan, and the Murrumbidgee.
The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area, a system constructed in the early 1900’s, has transformed the region from what John Oxley originally experienced. As a result, Griffith is now headquarters to some of Australia’s most innovative and sustainable companies. Agriculture and manufacturing are key industries in the region and so provide a variety of potential looks including vineyards, fruit and nut orchards, rice and cotton fields and more. The accompanying buildings and structures can also provide options for industrial locations such as factories, gins, and processing plants.
Griffith and its surrounds provides an enviable suite of locations to colour and inform endless narratives; from breathtaking vistas to familiar to day-to-day settings; from sensational, historic homesteads to endearing community localities, the range and scope found in Griffith is undeniable. In addition to a range of public spaces, Griffith features various private properties and homesteads, some dating back to the early 1900’s.
The city of Griffith was designed by Sir Walter Burley Griffin, the renowned architect from Chicago who also designed Australia’s capital city, Canberra. Amongst the usual hustle and bustle found in a country city, touches of art and history can be found in and around the city centre. Art deco buildings and features can be seen at the War Memorial Building, which also houses the Griffith Regional Art Gallery, and also in the clock tower which used to be home to the Rural Bank of NSW. Strolling through the backstreets of the city, you will come across a succession of large-scale murals born from a public arts initiative in 2019.
Griffith’s centralised location makes it a perfect base for access to the wider Riverina region. With a range of accommodation options, restaurants and cafés, health and public services, retail, manufacturing and industry services, the city is well-placed to cater to productions of many sizes. Griffith has a diverse population and community that are committed to economic growth, supportive of art and culture, and who are passionate about history and storytelling.
For more information about filming in and around Griffith contact the Economic Development Unit at Griffith City Council.
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