About 22km west of Leeton, Whitton was gazetted in 1885 and is actually the oldest town in the Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area of southern NSW, where diverted river water underpins the rice, stone and citrus fruits, grapes and other crops which are cultivated in abundance around here.
Originally a staging post for horse and oxen teamsters, and later an important stop along the rail line, Whitton boasted seven hotels in the early 1900s, but you'll be lucky to find more than 400 residents these days and, obviously, a lot fewer hotels.
Despite its sparse population, Whitton is a place of enormous grain, seed and rice stores. Part of the town's long history has been preserved in the local courthouse and gaol, now transformed into a museum featuring farming and irrigation history and displays.
About 15km out of town is the Gogeldrie Weir on the mighty Murrumbidgee River - an important component in the successful workings of the irrigation scheme.
Nearby Leeton was the first planned town under the irrigation scheme and was designed by the famous American architect, Walter Burley Griffin, the man behind the design of Canberra.