I'm an Australian living in Thailand. I like to read, write and travel. I'm currently working on my (commercial) travel website skedaddlecarhire.com.au to make more moolah for my trips.
Published January 9th 2015
On my last trip to Australia, I decided to explore a quaint destination instead of spending time at a posh metropolitan. After spending days in Perth, Melbourne, and Sydney, I was truly looking for a destination that offers breathtaking nature spots, scenic drives, and a multi-cultural scene to explore. There is no better place than Griffith when it comes to a multi-cultural community and lifestyle. This beautiful destination is located in the Riverina. Locals love to visit this friendly city to enjoy its great climate, laidback lifestyle, and authentic food and wine.
Griffith is more known as a wine and food destination. However, there is a lot to see and do here. After getting off at the Sydney airport, I decided to go for a car hire online by using an app (my article on car rental apps here) so that I could explore the scenic routes to this quaint little town. Car rental options at the Sydney airport are plentiful. I, however, chose the one that best suited my schedule and budget. Instead of taking the highways, I took the coastal route. Although the drive time is longer if you choose the coastal drive, you will encounter many beautiful scenic spots on your way to your destination.
This 140-km coastal drive starts from the south of Sydney. Some of the highlights of this scenic path include sparkling beaches, cliffs, and a number of vantage points offering dramatic views of the coastline. This coastal route continues to many small towns, including Clifton, Coalcliff, and Wollongong. Stop by any of the vantage points to enjoy some of the spectacular views of the ocean, cliffs, and gorgeous beaches. Don't forget to take your camera with you as you will come across awesome photographic spots on your way.
Take your time and enjoy the best scenic drives at your own pace. There are many other scenic drives and roads on your way to Griffith in New South Wales. The best scenic routes include the Greater Blue Mountains Drive. Even the spectacular Pacific Coast scenic route is quite popular among tourists. Taking a car rental was definitely a great decision that I made. On my journey to Griffith, I enjoyed the scenic views all along the route.
The small town of Griffith is a city of immigrants. The majority of residents in this small town are Italians. After World War II, a number of Italians settled in this small town. Thus, the culture and lifestyle in this small city feature a dominant Italian culture. Don't forget to enjoy authentic Italian food and wine in this small city. A majority of eateries and cafes in this city are owned and operated by Italians. As the city of Griffith is an agricultural centre of the region, the local restaurants offer a menu mainly featuring dishes prepared from fresh local produce and herbs. Try some homemade gnocchi, Italian pasta with sausage, and delicious desserts at any of the local restaurants. A number of cafes here offer Italian and traditional coffee drinks, baked delights and desserts.
If you want to continue your journey to any other scenic destination, then stop at any of the bed and breakfast or hotels in this multicultural town of Griffith. Recharge yourself in quaint town before continuing your journey.