Spring is the perfect time to pack away your winter clothes, load up the car or caravan and hit the road to make some new unforgettable memories. Whether you’re travelling as a family, together with your partner or adventuring solo, make sure to put the top five experiences below on your list to explore along the Art Deco Way Leeton.
Will we see you on the road this spring?
1. Southern Cotton
Begin your Art Deco Way Leeton touring route adventures with a trip to the Southern Cotton gin to join a guided tour of their facilities. The cotton gin is located on the Whitton Darlington Point Road, about 25 minutes outside of Leeton and 15 minutes from Darlington Point.
Tours run weekdays at 10am during the ginning season from April to September, for a fee of $10 per adult and $5 for children under 16 years. You’ll learn about the ginning process, watch the processing from an observation walkway, hear about the local cotton industry and get to see the big yellow moon buggies drive around!
Learn more about the local cotton industry, download an education kit and book a guided tour via the Southern Cotton website.
2. Whitton Malt House
Spend the afternoon at one of the Riverina’s newest attractions, the Whitton Malt House.
The Malt House can be found right next door to the Southern Cotton gin on the Whitton Darlington Point Road. It’s a must-see agritourism experience along the Art Deco Way Leeton with something on offer for every traveller and budget:
- Learn about the locally grown grains, the malting process, and which spirits they’re made into – if you’re a whiskey lover, make sure to book an on-site tasting!
- Browse the local produce on offer and stock up the pantry at home or in the caravan.
- Fill your bellies with delicious meals featuring locally sourced ingredients. The café offers slices, cakes, and beverages seven days a week, while the restaurant is open for lunch Thursday through to Sunday, and for dinner on Friday and Saturday nights. Please always call the venue or check opening hours online beforehand.
- Take a leisurely stroll around Lake Hulong and take in the vast views of surrounding farmland.
- Let the kids run around on the playground to burn off some energy, try some catch-and-release fishing or have a game of golf into the lake.
- Stay overnight at one of the self-contained lakeside villas for a luxury escape.
Find out about any upcoming events at the Whitton Malt House, make a reservation in the restaurant or book a cabin on their website.
3. Gogeldrie Riverside Park
Rest and recover from your Art Deco Way Leeton adventures at Gogeldrie Riverside Park, located only 15 minutes outside of Leeton on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River.
Whether you have the caravan in tow, a big tent for the family to set up, or travelling solo with your swag on the back of the ute, Gogeldrie Riverside Park will offer you a peaceful break on your travels throughout the region.
Plenty of powered caravan and unpowered tent sites are conveniently set up right along the river on a soft grassed area with well-established shady trees surrounding the sites.
Throw in a line late in the afternoon or early morning, cook up a BBQ, or take the kids for a walk or bike ride in the nearby Murrumbidgee Valley National Park.
Sites are filling up quickly for the holidays and throughout spring, so give the park a call or book online via their website.
4. Art Deco Heritage Walking Tour
Start your day with an Art Deco Heritage Walking Tour around the Leeton CBD and explore over 40 Art Deco heritage buildings that were constructed or renovated after the first World War.
Leeton’s exceptional Art Deco buildings include the Hydro Hotel (1919), the heritage-listed Roxy Theatre (1930), and the old Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission Building (1937).
Simply download the izi.TRAVEL app to access the audio tour and digital map on your phone, or pick up a map from the Leeton Visitors Centre between 10am and 4pm on weekdays or 10am to 12pm on Saturdays.
Why not grab a coffee and some brekkie from one of the many cafes along the tour? You can browse the local cafes and eateries here.
5. Fivebough Wetlands
Spring is a wonderful season to be active in nature and explore the birdlife in the Fivebough Wetlands, which are internationally recognised as an important site for conserving biological diversity.
The wetlands are a high-value ecosystem and home to many endangered and threatened water birds, other birds, and wildlife species which can be seen from the various viewing shelters.
Best explored by foot or bike, the wetlands are located just three kilometers from the Leeton CBD. A perfect spot to have some fun with the kids, learn about local wildlife or plan a romantic picnic with your partner!