Wagga Wagga

Main street in Wagga Wagga at dusk - Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW

Wagga Wagga is one of Australia's leading regional cities. Apart form its excellent educational facilities, it's cultural and sporting achievements are outstanding. With a population of 57,000 it is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River and is home to Charles Sturt University, RAAF Base Forest Hill and the Australian Army Base Kapooka. The city hosts 22 primary schools, 8 secondary schools, the regional TAFE and a community college.

Wagga Wagga is the hub and major retail/industry centre of the Riverina, Australia's food bowl and New South Wales biggest wine-producing region and is bounded by the Snowy Mountains to the east and the fertile Murrumbidgee Irrigation Area to the west.

Wagga Wagga has dozens of restaurants and cafes and many national food chains. Charles Sturt University runs an award winning winery and cheese making facility. The gourmet Magpies Nest restaurant produces the Wagga Wagga Wild olive oil. The Wagga Wagga Winery and Restaurant is housed in a rustic building with an extensive collection of memorabilia, a huge 'moving' mural and one of the biggest fireplaces in the Riverina.

Wagga Wagga's award winning Botanic Gardens are the jewel in the crown of the 'garden city'. Garden lovers should also visit the Victory Memorial Gardens, designed by Sir Thomas Kerr (designer of Sydney's Botanic Gardens) as a tribute to those who fought and died during the WW1. Wagga Wagga also has beautiful private and open gardens to be enjoyed year round.

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Wagga Wagga winery owner - Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW
Girl on horse - Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW
Sheep shearing - Photo courtesy of Tourism NSW

Getting There

Wagga Wagga has regular daily flights to Sydney and Melbourne and is just over 2 hours drive to Canberra. The Countrylink train stops four times daily.

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