Leeton is the birthplace of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA). The region is primarily agricultural based, however, there are also an abundance of employment opportunities available across a number of industries. Leeton provides the perfect opportunity to visit, explore, start a business, raise a family, to retire or just relax.
- Three major banks
- Legal and accounting firms
- Real Estate agents
- Engineering Manufacturers
- Stock and Station Agents
- Post Office
- Service Stations
- Motor Repairers
- Veterinary Clinic
- Swimming Pool
- Tennis Courts
- Golf Course
- Fast food
Housing: The median house price for Leeton in the year ended April 2011 was $219,000. The median unit price for Leeton in the year ended April 2011 was $122,000
Location: distance from Sydney 600kms, Melbourne 475kms, Canberra 400kms
Climate: The Shire experiences 4 distinct seasons with warm dry summers, mild autumns and springs and cool winters.
Housing: More than 80% of homes in Leeton are separate houses, with just 1% of householders in high-density dwellings. Reflecting the affordability of houses in Leeton and the relaxed rural lifestyle, a high proportion of households are privately owned. However for those preferring to rent, Leeton has a broad selection of properties available.
Careers: Leeton offers a wide diversity of rewarding careers in agriculture, food processing and related industry across the Shire. In addition there is a wide diversity of professional, retail and other service vocations in Leeton for new entrants and experienced people alike. Tourism is a growth area across the region, with many career opportunities. Education and training is available for a wide range of occupations both locally and through distance learning.
Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands
Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands possesses five kilometres of walking trails, viewing mounds, bird hides and an interpretive centre and is Leeton’s major ecotourism attraction.
This site is well known among birdwatching enthusiasts for hosting migratory birds, some from the northern hemisphere as far away as Siberia, China & Japan, during the warmer months. Species include glossy ibis, sharp-tailed sandpiper, whiskered tern, Australian bittern, brolga and the rare freckled duck.
Fivebough and Tuckerbil Wetlands, the latter located 12km north-west of Leeton, are Ramsar-listed and were designated as Wetlands of International Importance on October 21, 2002.
Leeton has a strong educational presence including three major high schools (including two boarding schools attracting students from across south West NSW); three primary schools, an independent faith-based school, a special school, and numerous quality pre-school facilities. Four other primary schools are also located in the surrounding villages of Whitton, Wamoon, Yanco and Murrami.
Leeton High School is a well established rural high school offering a comprehensive curriculum. The school has strong traditions in academic, cultural and sporting endeavours. The school has a diversity of cultural backgrounds amongst the student and parent community, reflecting the Leeton community. Current enrolments are around 500.
St Francis de Sales College is a Catholic co-educational and weekly boarding school providing comprehensive education across Years 7-12. A strong emphasis is placed on developing both academic and cultural needs of students, including religious education. Current total enrolments are around 750, including around 200 boarders.
Yanco Agricultural High School is a co-educational fully residential agricultural high school, one of just three in NSW. Established in 1922, the school provides Years 7-12 students an all-round education in a stimulating and caring environment of schoolroom, farm and hostel. Vocational education covers five of the seven Industry Framework courses, and Equine Studies. Current enrolments are around 370 students.
Murrumbidgee Rural Studies Centre serves the training needs of businesses, organisations and individuals. It has more than twenty staff on site plus access to other specialist staff at seven locations throughout the state. Specialist courses include training design and development, accreditation and certification, costing and budgeting, seeking funds, learner administration, evaluation, assessment, financial acquitting and reporting. The Centre boasts full equipped conference and training facilities for up to 550 in total. On-site accommodation is available for over 200 people in styles ranging from three star motels, single study bedrooms, or bunk-rooms. A swimming pool, tennis court and extensive playing fields are all on site.
Riverina Institute of TAFE focuses on industry courses such as primary industries and mechanical engineering, metal fabrication and welding, electrical, civil engineering, business services, information technology and general education. The Leeton Campus is part of the Riverina Institute of TAFE which encompasses a total of 19 campuses across southern NSW.
Other Educational Facilities include easy access to Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, and in Leeton the Riverina Community College and a Brethren Independent School.
Leeton provides local residents with the opportunity to participate in a wide array of sports that are coordinated by the local community. Residents also have the option to become immersed in cultural activities to consume their leisure time.
Sporting group’s facilities in Leeton include:
- Leeton Town Ovals- utilised for touch football competitions, rugby league, cricket, school athletics carnivals and special community events.
- Leeton Golf Course- located centrally on the corner of Acacia & Maiden Avenues, the club provides golfing enthusiasts with the perfect setting for a relaxing game on a country golf course setting. The Leeton Pro Shop offers purchase and hire of all the golfing gear required for your game.
- Local Tennis Court complexes- located in the Leeton CBD as well as in the Parkview locality (situated just off the CBD).
- Soccer fields- Leeton United Football Club has a junior and senior playing arm that is prominent locally and throughout the region at a competitive level.
- Junior and senior AFL Clubs- with a well coordinated Auskick Program and Wednesday night junior competition. Leeton-Whitton Crows Football & Netball Club forms an integral part of the Riverina Football & Netball League (RFNL).
- Senior & Junior Cricket Associations- cricket is played during the months of October through to March annually. Leeton District Cricket Association have their own five team A grade cricket competition and are well respected throughout the Riverina and surrounding region as one of the strongest league’s in south-west NSW.
- Squash courts- local competitions run annually & are situated at the Leeton Soldiers Club.
- Leeton Swimming Pool- located in Palm Avenue and allows even small children a chance to swim with both a toddler and a wading pool as well as an Olympic-sized pool, waterslide and barbecue facilities.
- Skate park- Leeton Skate Park features a large state of the art concrete bowl and is situated in a relaxed communal location. This community facility is opened every day at dawn and the gate to the Skate Park is locked again at 10pm daily.
- Well maintained public parks and sporting ovals
- Two bowling greens for lawn bowling enthusiasts- Leeton & District Bowling Club and Leeton Soldiers Club bowling group.
- Health and Fitness Clubs
- Clay Target shooting and Pistol Club- located 15kms from town on the way towards one of our neighbouring regional towns, Narrandera
- Three fully equipped gym’s – Anytime Fitness, Studio 9 Fitness & Strength2Strength
Health & Medical
Leeton District Hospital is part of the Murrumbidgee Local Health District. It delivers emergency, medical, maternity, aged and surgical services to Leeton Shire. The 71 bed hospital employs over 50 nursing staff who also offers a outpatient community nursing service alongside outpatient allied health services.
Access is available to other medical services located in Griffith, and to the regional referral Base Hospital in Wagga Wagga for other medical and more specialised services such as surgical, orthopedic, psychiatric and pediatric inpatient care.
Leeton is well served by general practice medical centres; dental, optical and other secondary health services; and a range of community health services.
The aged-care needs of Leeton are well met by three dedicated facilities providing a wide range of on-site residences, rest home beds, and high-care nursing home beds.
Leeton Shire offers a diverse range of recreational facilities for residents and visitors alike to consider. They are as follows:
- Mountford Park– located on the corner of Wade Avenue & Church Street, the park includes large grass area, swing sets, play equipment, slides, see-saws, spring riders for the little ones, a large bird cage, picnic tables, numerous barbeque areas and a shaded stage area. It is recognised by locals as the most popular family park in Leeton.
- Town Oval Playground– located in Palm Avenue, includes extensive grass area, swing set, slide, see-saw, spring dinosaur ride, outdoor netball courts and rugby oval.
- Gralee Park– located on Quandong Street/Yanco Avenue, the park provides large grassed area, barbeque set up, slides, large play equipment, swing sets and see-saw.
- Parkview Park– Located Park Avenue/Melaleuca Avenue, the large grass area, play equipment, slide, swing set, climbing equipment, see-saw, outdoor basketball courts and tennis courts (bookings essential) make this park a wonderful setting for a relaxing family outing.
This tranquil setting provides locals and visitors with an ideal picnic/camping area for families. The facility includes an extensive grassed sports field, fishing gear, camping equipment, BBQ facilities, new on-site cabins, toilets and showers. The weir has large shed for hire for private functions with fully function kitchen, tables, chairs and fireplace. Disabled facilities are available and bookings are essential.
Riverina Experience provides residents, visiting friends and travellers to the region an opportunity to explore the Murrumbidgee River, surrounding Red Gum Forests and Wetlands by kayak and bike. Some of the tours include a canal bank tour; Fivebough Wetlands ride/walk and Leeton Heritage and At Deco ride/walk. For more information, call Ian Hardie 0488 533 122 or visit www.riverinaexperience.com.au
Bird watching in Leeton Shire
Leeton Shire offers a number of different locations to view a wide variety of bird life, including many migratory birds during warmer months. These include:
- Fivebough Wetland- 174 bird species have been recorded at Fivebough Wetland and there are many viewing spots. Located just 2km north of Leeton, off Petersham Road, there are five kilometres of walking trails, viewing mounds, two bird hides and an interpretive centre. Another spot is the Hooey Road Lookout, which looks from the northern side of Fivebough Wetland back toward Leeton and can offer views of brolgas and ibis flying in to roost in the evenings.
- Tuckerbil Swamp- located off Cantril Road, west from Leeton near the Koonadan Historic Site. Keen bird watchers will find white backed swallows are common to the area and small numbers of these birds can be seen throughout the year along with various parrots and raptors. Australian bittern and brolga can be found in the Swamp.
- River Red Gum Forest Drives (NSW National Parks)- bird watchers can take several forest drives along the Murrumbidgee River between Yanco and the Leeton-Narrandera Airport. Maps and more information are available at Leeton Visitors Information Centre.
- Stoney Point Road- drive north along Brobenah Road to the intersection and turn left onto Koonadan Road, after 2km turn right into Stoney Point Road. A wide array of bush birds live in the Murrami area, including parrots, honeyeaters and mistletoe bird.
Camping in & around Leeton
Camping sites are available at Gogeldrie Weir and throughout the river red gum forest.
Gogeldrie Weir offers many comforts to assist with camping, including barbecues, toilets, showers and a kiosk with EFTPOS facilities. Entry and camping fees apply. Many services are also available, such as fishing licenses, fishing equipment and camping equipment. For information call (02) 6955 9267 or visit them on Facebook.
Locals and visitors are welcome to camp, barbeque and picnic in all National and Regional Parks free of charge. You can swim, boat, fish, canoe, bushwalk, cycle, orienteer, and observe the wildlife. For further information and maps, visit the Leeton Visitors Information Centre.
Leeton Shire is easy to explore on bicycle, thanks to the many bike paths and mostly flat terrain. Bike tracks are situated along Palm Ave and Yanco road with another along Acacia Avenue.
Why not enjoy a game of golf while in Leeton? Leeton Golf Course is one of the most relaxing and leisurely courses in the Riverina and is centrally located to the Leeton CBD on the corner of Acacia & Maiden Avenues.
Opening times vary seasonally. For further information, call the Golf Pro Shop on (02) 6953 3292
Community residents use the Leeton Multipurpose Indoor Stadium to engage in various activities including sports carnivals, school events, demonstrations and local sporting competitions.
Sports played in the Indoor Stadium include basketball, netball, volleyball, indoor soccer, hockey and badminton.
Alongside Leeton’s Indoor Stadium are outdoor netball courts (including a tarred court) and large football/sporting fields (Leeton’s Number One Oval).
If people wish to use the Multipurpose Indoor Stadium facilities, pre-booking is essential. For further information, please call Leeton Indoor Stadium on (02) 6953 3742 or 0428 525 766.
Leeton is located in the centre of south west NSW, a four-hour drive from Canberra, five hour drive from Melbourne and a six-hour drive from Sydney.
Leeton also has a taxi service available for transport within the town. Daily coach services are available to Sydney & Melbourne.
CountryLink services the Leeton area providing access to Sydney via coach connection to XPT train transfer at Wagga Wagga.
For local residents and visitors opting to fly in and out of Leeton for business and leisure related purposes, our Shire possesses its very own regional airport in partnership with Narrandera Shire, the Leeton-Narrandera Airport, located just a short 15-minute drive from our township.
Regional Express Airlines operates four regular daily return flights from Sydney into Leeton-Narrandera placing us in an easily accessible location.
Alternatively, Griffith Domestic Airport is a short 40-minute car trip from Leeton and Wagga Wagga Domestic Airport is also situated just over an hour’s drive away from Leeton.
Leeton has a broad range of retail shops including supermarkets, discount shops, electrical goods and furnishings, banks, newsagents, giftware, butcher and bakery just to name a few.
Well known for our country hospitality, customers are treated to service with a smile and retailers will often order stock in to suit individual needs.
- Supermarkets – Woolworths Leeton & Leeton Golden Apple Superstore
- Banks/ATMs – Commonwealth Bank, ANZ, Westpac, St George Country First Credit Union and NAB
- Australia Post
- Pharmacies- Len Wade Pharmacy & Amcal Pharmacy
- Cafes- Luke’s Café, Sweets & Treats, Coffee Tree, Movie Café, Kacey’s, La Fresco Caffe, Stir
- Service Stations – Shell Service Station, Caltex, BP, Woolworths, Leeton Tourism Supermarket
- Butchers – two local butcheries
- Bakeries- Micks Bakehouse & Bidgee Bakery
- Clothing – Brad’s Mensland, Fashion Accents, Best & Less, Target Country, Two Friends, Laney’s, Red Apple Designs, Dare to be Scene, Millers, Deez
- Beauty –Earthcraft Beauty, Gosh Beauty Therapy
- Real Estate – Amato Real Estate, Glenn Preston Best Agents, Breed & Hutchinson Real Estate
- Leeton Mitre 10
- The Reject Shop
- Numerous local hairdressers
- Sportspower Leeton
- Lanham’s Jewellers
- PowerPlus Leeton
- Aylett’s Automative
- Ace Smash Repairs
- Bell’s Smash Repairs
- Antionette’s Showcase Jewellers
- Leeton Newsagency
- Leeton Tyrepower
- Yenda Producers
- Leeton Leading Edge Video
- Leeton Laundromat
- Anytime Fitness
- Studio 9 Fitness
- Leeton Steel & Retail Pty Ltd
- MIA Tyre Service
- Leeton Toyota
- Riverina Motor Group
- Leeton Physiotherapy
- Leeton Medical Centre
- Les Watkins & Son Funeral Directors
- Lanham’s of Leeton (Ford)
- John Ryan Holden
- Eurell’s of Leeton
- Tony Forest Financial
- Riverina Office Machines
- Office Choice Leeton
- Travel Agent – Traveleaders Leeton
- Whitby’s Betta Electrical
- Washington’s Furniture
- Pacific Furniture
- Restaurants/Takeaways – Leeton Fish Shop, Benvenuti Restaurant, Chung Hing Chinese Restaurant, DaGoodfella’s, Pages on Pine, Chan’s Restaurant, Hydro Tavern, Leeton Hotel, Wade Hotel, Yanco Hotel, Leeton Soldiers Club, Yanco All-Servicemen’s Club, L & D Bowling Club, MIA Club and McDonald’s Leeton, Red Rooster, Eagle Boys, Mick’s Pizza & Leeton Tourist Supermarket
The Roxy Community Theatre is the primary source for entertainment for a range of different age demographics within our community.
This Leeton landmark is one of the oldest cinemas in Australia and has been screening movies since 1930.
The Roxy offers the best of old and new with a two-tiered auditorium and a new sound system. Renovations have transformed Leeton’s Roxy Theatre while still preserving historical features consistent with the Art Deco era.
This facility is generally open for Friday night and Saturday screenings and on certain occasion’s mid-day cinema sessions for special screenings including school holidays. It also hosts the Leeton Eisteddfod each August and a variety of live shows during the year.
The theatre is open for tours on Wednesday’s & Friday’s or can be prearranged by contacting the Roxy Theatre in advance.
We also boast a number of cafes where you can relax over a coffee, while local restaurants such as Pages on Pine (French cuisine) and Benvenuti (Italian) provide our local residents and the travelling public with a fine dining experience.
Leeton has three registered clubs and numerous hotels to offer the ideal venue for you to mingle with friends, enjoy regular weekend entertainment and quality food.
Things to See & Do
Coming for a weekend visit?
Try these must do suggestions to make the most of your visit.
9am - Commence your day with the “Welcome to Leeton” DVD viewing at Leeton Visitor Information Centre. Once DVD is finished, obtain a copy of your self guided Leeton-Yanco-Heritage Trails booklet to commence your tour of Leeton’s many historical points of significance at your own leisure.
10am - Visit the Roxy Community Theatre for a guided tour with the Theatre Manager. Learn about the rich history of this facility as it has continued to evolve over the past 80 years and admire its many fascinating Art deco features.
12noon - Make your way to Benvenuti Restaurant for lunch. Treat yourself to fine Italian dining and superior customer service from this family owned and managed business.
1.30pm – Experience the Murrumbidgee River & Red Gum Forests by taking a tour by bike or kayak with Riverina Experience. Paddle up to 15km on the river and stop along the river for light refreshments or cycle around the Red Gum forests
4pm - Take a visit to Lillypilly Winery or Toorak Winery and be treated to a tour of their cellar door. These nationally recognised wineries produce their wine locally here in Leeton and export to many businesses and restaurants worldwide.
6pm - Dinner at Leeton Soldiers Club- Bistro-Dining Room
Visit Fivebough & Tuckerbil Wetlands
Located just 2km north of Leeton, off Petersham Road, there are five kilometres of walking trails, viewing mounds, two bird hides and an interpretive centre.
This wetland is Ramsar-listed and was designated as a Wetlands of International Importance on October 21, 2002.
Visit the Historic Hydro Motor Inn for a tour of this old Spanish mission style building followed by Devonshire tea and scones for morning tea.
Relax with the kids in Mountford Park whilst having a picnic or BBQ lunch in this extremely child friendly facility.
Whitton Courthouse Museum. Located 25kms from Leeton’s CBD, the Museum was officially opened on January 23 1988 as part of our town’s bi-centennial celebrations. The restoration of the Railway Station and the Butcher Shop was a Bi-Centennial Project.
Enjoy a relaxing stroll or leisurely drive around the various buildings featured in the Leeton Yanco-Whitton Heritage Trails Booklet.
Dinner at Pages on Pine Restaurant. Enjoy the fine dining experience this restaurant has on offer and the wonderful French cuisine.
Leeton Shire is rich in local history, tourist attractions, as well as fun & exciting events held throughout the year. There are numerous major events held in Leeton including the Leeton SunRice Festival, the Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition and the new Leeton Art Deco Festival.
There are also a broad range of community events which happen on a regular basis, from youth and seniors activities and events, to education sessions for small businesses... they’re all covered here in Leeton.
If you can’t find what you are looking for or would like more information on any of the Shire’s events, please contact Leeton Shire Council’s Event Coordinator on 02 6953 0911 or visit our website – www.leetontourism.com.au
- MIA Breeders Plate Carnival - Held over the New Year weekend each year, at the Lin Gordon Paceway. A great night out for the whole family!
- Australia Day Celebrations & Pool Party - Presentations to citizens with outstanding achievements held with breakfast in the morning at Mountford Park, followed by a day of family fun, games and music at the Leeton Swimming Pool.
- Bidgee Classic Fishing Competition - Held annually on the second weekend of March at Gogeldrie Weir, this catch and release fishing competition encourages education and awareness of the local river systems. A great weekend on the water for the whole family.
- Leeton Soldiers Golf Club SunRice Pro-Am - Held in March each year, this event was awarded the NSW Country Pro-Am of the year for 2008, attracting the top 60 professional players from around Australia. Thousands of dollars in prizes up for grabs.
- Anzac Day Commemorations - Commemorated with a range of services held throughout the day in various locations, starting with the dawn service and march to the Leeton Cenotaph.
- Leeton Sun Rice Festival - Held biannually over the Easter long weekend and includes Ambassador Receptions, Street Parades, skating competitions and a festival in Leeton’s Mountford Park.
- Leeton Art Deco Festival - Leeton’s newest event is held biannually in alternate years to the SunRice Festival and includes displays of vintage cars and airplanes, classic cinema, antiques and live entertainment, all in celebration of the style of the 1920s and 1930s and the significance of this period within Leeton Shire.
- Leeton Picnic Races - Held on the second Saturday in May at the Leeton Jockey Club. A huge event for the whole family with entertainment for the kids, fashions on the field and marquee sites available.
- Presbyterian Scottish Debutante Ball - Held annually for ladies of Leeton & surrounding districts who wish to make their debut.
- St Josephs Catholic Debutante Ball - Held annually for ladies of Leeton & surrounding districts who wish to make their debut.
- The Vintage Machinery Rally - Held biennially in July and hosted by the Riverina Vintage Machinery Club, this event showcases vintage tractor pulls, stationary engines, and memorabilia as well as a vintage vehicle trek and vintage auction. Stalls and refreshments also available.
- Rotary Debutante Balls - An annual gathering of all the ladies who have made their debut throughout the year, together with their families.
- Climate Technologies Leeton Eisteddfod -Held annually right throughout the month of August at Leeton’s iconic Roxy Theatre, this event is now recognised as one of the outstanding cultural events in South Western NSW. Showcasing talent in music, ballet, speech & drama, literacy and dancing.
- Australian Birdfair- Held in September each year and showcases one of Leeton’s natural tourist attractions, the Fivebough and Tuckerbill Wetlands. This event comprises a number of different activities, functions and seminars.
- Leeton Agricultural Show - Held in October each year at the Leeton Showgrounds, this event showcases the shire in a display of agriculture, entertainment and local achievements. Highlights include the Stockman’s Challenge, Showgirl Presentations and fireworks.
- Leeton Vintage & Veteran Car Club ‘Show N Shine’ and boot sale -Held at the end of October each year and includes drag cars, speedway cars and vintage, veteran and classic vehicles.
- Leeton Country Music Roundup - Held annually at the end of October/start of November at the Platform Bar & Lounge (formally the MIA Club). A great weekend of country music with camping facilities available.
- Leeton Town Band presents... ‘Outback Band Spectacular’ - A new event held in November, showcasing talent from around the region and culminating with a Mass Band Performance at the iconic Leeton Roxy Theatre.
- Carols by candlelight - Held every December in Mountford Park with carols performed by local talent.
- Light Up Leeton Christmas Carnival and Community Concert - Held before Christmas each year in Leeton’s picturesque Mountford Park, with local homes decorated in Christmas lights right throughout the month of December.
Leeton also boats a number of regular monthly events including the Rotary and Yanco market days, race meetings, fetes, art shows, exhibitions, seniors croquet and a whole lot more!
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The town is a showcase of contemporary rural Australia with many examples of Art Deco architecture, diverse agriculture and renowned country hospitality. Situated halfway between Sydney and Melbourne in the Riverina region of New South Wales, Leeton is accessible by road, air and rail.