The 2007 winner for the tidiest town in New South Wales is an appealing farming area, with the charm and pizzazz of a quaint rural settlement. It is host to an impressive handful of historic sites, landmarks and buildings with over 20 buildings registered with the Art Deco Society of NSW. It is also considered to be the most productive farming region in all of NSW, in the heart of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area.
Unlike so many towns which owe their existence to pioneers, Leeton is a purpose-built town and as such, is more formulaic than usually seen in countryside settlements. It has a somewhat unique circular road and street layout with distinct areas for commerce, industry, residential housing and education.
The shire is home to the small town of Yanco, just 3kms from Leeton, where on North Yanco farm, Sir Samuel McCaughey put together an irrigation plan that would change NSW agriculture forever. Using carefully planned channels - all 320km of them, Sir McCaughey successfully drew water from the Murrumbidgee River using pumps that were powered by steam. The Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area successfully provided water to over 16,000 hectares of land.
Sir McCaughey's home is now part of what is known as the Yanco Agricultural High School.
The Roxy Theatre is one of the Art Deco heritage buildings in the town and is listed with the National Trust. It was originally opened as a cinema in 1930, but 3 years later, a stage was added. With a screen that measures a whopping 16m by 8m high, with more than 900 seats, it is still a much loved and popular concert, theatre and film venue. Visitors can book interesting tours of the theatre.
The Whitton Court House and Gaol has come a long way from its heyday and has been a museum since the 1980s, along with the restored butchers shop and railway station. It has a number of fascinating showcases with unique artefacts exhibiting the history of the courthouse and the town from the late 1800s onwards.
The Yanco Agricultural High School was originally the home of the philanthropist Sir Samuel McCaughey. His magnificent home has seen many a party, as he was a great entertainer, although being single, and many important VIPs and government dignitaries visited here. Buildings have since been added on to accommodate some 350 students who study here. Visitors can pre-book tours of the classrooms, mess halls, hospital, workshops and the huge assembly hall.
McCaughey Bi-Centennial Park is a gorgeous and tranquil haven. A waterhole sits in front of the original powerhouse building and provides nesting and feeding sites for water birds including swans, geese and ducks. The reserve is a popular picnic and leisure spot for Leeton's residents and visitors.
The Fivebough Wetlands is a stunning eco conservation area that is located just on the outskirts of the Riverina region. The famous Australian Bird Fair is held here every year and there are a number of stunning walking and hiking tracks throughout the wetlands, with excellent viewing hides. This is an outdoor lovers, nature lovers and bird watchers haven, with an abundance of bird life, especially waders.
Toorak Wine Estate is a family owned, operated and run winery in Leeton. A stunning collection of wines that spans over 40 years of hard work, their mission is to be a totally independent family winery that produces some of the finest wines in the region. It is in a picturesque setting and they are open during the week for wine tastings and sales.
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