These 3 entrepreneurs are injecting new life to the rural town of Griffith

Rural kids who left for Sydney in search of greener pastures have returned to their hometown to embrace their heritage and run businesses that make the most of what the region has to offer

Yarran Wines' vineyard in Yenda is one of the stops in Bella Vita Tours

Getting to Griffith

There are a number of routes you can take when driving to Griffith from Sydney. You can get there via Wagga Wagga, a vibrant town with an emerging food and wine scene, or via Yass, with its museums, galleries and antique stores. You can also catch a flight direct from Sydney, which will get you to Griffith in a little over an hour. 

While you’re in the area

Visit the Junee Licorice and Chocolate Factory, which holds the world record for the longest piece of licorice (612m). Watch as licorice is cooked, cooled, kneaded and cut into long black ropes. 45–61 Lord St, Junee; +61 2 6924 3574

Sample cheeses at Coolamon Cheese. Cheesemaker Adam Papprill incorporates native ingredients into many cheeses, producing subtle but delicious flavors such as bush tomato, river mint, lemon myrtle and alpine pepper. 87 Cowabbie St, Coolamon; +61 2 6927 3757

Since he was a child, Hape Kiddle has been a creator. The Griffith-based artist draws on nature as inspiration for his jewelry and timber creations, showcased at his own Bidgee Studio. Cor Bridge Rd and Mackay Ave, Griffith; +61 4 0079 8153; IG: @hapekiddle 

This article first appeared in the December 2017 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Lindy Alexander

Photographed by

Matt Beaver

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