Situated 30 kilometres off the Newell Highway, Leeton is the administrative centre of the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area (MIA), a productive rural area renowned for its orchards and rice fields. The town owes its existence to the MIA which was established in 1912 and initially concentrated on fruit growing. The first rice mill opened here in 1951 and Leeton is now the headquarters for Australia's rice industry. Leeton is also home to several wineries.
Walter Burley Griffin, the designer of Canberra, drew up the plans for Leeton in 1914 using his favourite circular street design and incorporating plenty of shade trees and well appointed parks. Original Art Deco architecture is a distinguishing feature of the main street, including the Roxy Theatre and the Hydro Motor Inn.