About Wagga

Wagga Wagga is the largest inland city in New South Wales, home to 60,000 people with a diverse range of culture and recreational activities for all.
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Situated on the Murrumbidgee River, Wagga Wagga is one of Australia's largest inland cities and is considered the capital of the Riverina area of NSW. Halfway between Sydney and Melbourne and a few hours drive from Canberra, it is 214 m above sea-level and has a population of 58 200. The name derives from a local Aboriginal word meaning 'place of many crows'.

'Wagga' as it is known is a town of fine buildings, tree-lined streets, parks and gardens. The surrounding area consists of properties dedicated to wheat-growing, dairying, mixed farming and fat lambs. It possesses one of the largest stockyards in Australia, as well as the Livestock Marketing Centre.

The Botanical Gardens, incorporating a modern Zoological section, is situated just south of the Sturt Highway off Lord Baden Powell Drive and is a pleasant stop-over. Many native and exotic animals can be seen in the Zoological Gardens. For children there is a well-appointed playground, and a miniature railway which operates on the first and third Sunday of the month.

Wagga Wagga Beach, only a short walk from the Information Centre in Tarcutta St. is a popular venue for locals and visitors and has a swimming beach on the river, picnic areas and BBQ's. It is floodlit of a night during the summer months.

Modern sporting facilities cater to the needs of everybody The Wagga Wagga Swimming and Recreation Centre in Bolton Park is an integrated sport and leisure complex for all the family, with solar-heated swimming pools, a skateboard ramp, tiny tots area, BBQ facilities and a kiosk.

Sporting facilities include two excellent golf courses open to visitors, several bowling clubs, 10 pin bowling, numerous football and cricket ovals and netball and tennis courts.

The Murrumbidgee and local tributaries offer excellent fishing for the enthusiast, presenting the opportunity to bag Murray Cod, Fresh-water Catfish, Perch and Yabbies, a fresh-water crayfish.

The Kapooka Military Camp is located 10km. west of the city off the Olympic Way. Graduation Parades are normally held each Monday morning and tours of the base are possible for visitors who report to the Guard Room at the main gate.

Tourism in Wagga Wagga is an important industry and the Visitor Information Centre in Tarcutta Street has a vast amount of information on the many things you can see and do to make your stay in Wagga Wagga an enjoyable and fulfilling one. The Centre is open from 9.00 am to 5.00 pm 7 days. Ph: 02 6923 5402. Enquiries P.O. Box 20. Wagga Wagga 2650 NSW.

For more information on Wagga and the wider Riverina area visit Riverina Tourism