Wagga Wagga (pronounced Wogga Wogga), the largest inland city in New South Wales, with a population of around 60,000 people, is located on the banks of the Murrumbidgee River. The city is universally referred to as Wagga.
The Wagga Wagga Tourist Information Centre, located inside the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre (cnr Baylis and Morrow Streets) provides helpful advice to people visiting the city.
Early colonists first sighted the land on which the city of Wagga Wagga now stands in December 1829 during an expedition of discovery down the Murrumbidgee and Murray Rivers. Settlement swiftly followed.
Wagga Wagga was proclaimed a town in 1849 and by the 1860s had a population of 700. The train line reached Wagged in the 1870s and by 1881 it had increased to 3,975. In 1879 the railway line was extended south of the river.
"Wagga" in the local Wiradjuri Aboriginal dialect means "crow". The repetition of a word was the method of expressing the plural or emphasis, thus Wagga Wagga means "crows" or "the place where crows assemble in large numbers". The Murrumbidgee River which runs through the city also derived its name from the Aboriginal language and means "plenty water" or "big water".
Wagga Wagga Airportis served by flights to Melbourne and Sydney. Airlines serving the airport are QantasLink and Regional Express. The standard advance purchase flight is around $120 with prices rising to several times that if you book close to when you travel. Occasional discounts can be found. The airport is 15 minutes out of town, both taxis and hire cars are available at the airport. Approximate cost for a taxi to the centre of the city is $40.
- Melbourne operated by Regional Express
- Sydney operated by QantasLink and Regional Express
Wagga Shuttle BusServices available to and from Wagga Airport, and to and from the Army recruit training ground at Kapooka.
Best to book in advance if you want a hire car at the airport. Not just to ensure a vehicle is available, but also to ensure there is someone to meet your flight. Car hire from Wagga is usually limited milage. To get unlimited milage, Canberra is the best bet, around 3 1/2 hours drive away.
Wagga Wagga railway stationNSW Trainlink offer a daily train service, with the city on the line between Sydney and Melbourne, providing two services a day in each direction.; From Sydney: 7 hours, departing at 6:50AM or 8:40PM. Concession price: $42.80 one way
- Firefly Express no longer stops in Wagga (since 2018). There is no effective and practical way of getting from Sydney to Wagga by coach.
- Wagga Radio Cabs operate 24/7 throughout the city.
Busaboutservices most suburbs in Wagga Wagga from M-Sa (No services on Sundays and public holidays)
address: Wagga Wagga Civic Centre, Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streetshouses the Australian Print Collection and the Print Australia Archive. The gallery is home to the National Art Glass Collection, Australia's premier display of glass art.
- Museum of the Riverina which is in the historic council chambers at the Wagga Wagga Civic Centre (Cnr Baylis & Morrow Streets) and the Botanic Gardens (Lord Baden Powell Drive).
Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardensaddress: Macleay Street8 hectares of beautiful gardens, which are also home to the Wagga Wagga Zoo (contains a free flight aviary) and the Wagga Wagga Miniature Railway (see listing below)
address: Wagga Wagga Botanic Gardens on Willans HillA railway station and working controls are features along the extensive track. If you aren't the train type a pedestrians bridge over the train gives an expansive view of the train as it leaves the station.
phone: +61 2 6933 2435address: McKeown DriveSample and buy quality local wines
RAAF Wagga Aviation Heritage Centreaddress: Sturt Highway, Forest Hillshowcases the RAAF's history and its significant involvement in the Riverina region.
address: Station PlaceShow casing the heritage of the railway in the Riverina
Ladysmith Tourist Railway Open Dayaddress: Ladysmith Railway Station
- Walk, the Wollundry Track or the Wiradjuri Walking track with maps available at the Wagga Wagga Visitor Information Centre.
address: 77 Trail Street
- Swim in the Murrumbidgee River, at Wagga Beach (which is a sand beach).
- The local newspaper, The Daily Advertiser, is a good guide to what's on around town.
Oasis Regional Aquatic Centreaddress: Morgan StreetHome to Australia's only wave-ball, 2 outdoor pools (including diving pool) and four indoor heated pools (including whirlpool, baby pool and wave ball).
- Walk the track to the top of The Rock, a short drive away from Wagga.
Blessed Beanis open M-Sa and offers breakfast and lunches, such as sandwiches on fresh sourdough with a taste of the region's finest ingredients. They also claim to offer the best coffee in town, made by NSW's "best latte artist".
- The Quinty Bakehouse at Uranquinty is a 10 minute drive from Wagga (South on the Olympic Highway, A41). Offers a range of products made using organic flour, such as sourdough melts and pies with real meat. They are famous for their tarts, which come in three sizes and more than 10 flavours.
- The Riverina Hotel, also known as The Bridge, serves good pub meals for very reasonable prices. A schnitzel, veg and gravy costs about $10. The special of the day is about $6 to $7.
- Il Corso dishes out large tasty Italian dishes at mid-range prices. Baylis Street cnr Edward Street.
Nemos Fish and Chipsaddress: 110 Fitzmaurice StOffers a variety of seafood; snapper, barramundi, whiting, flathead, blue grenadier and flake.
phone: +61 2 6921 7470address: 31 Kincaid StreetFamous for its diverse range of beers made on site and its unique range of pizzas
phone: +61 2 6925 8143address: 140 Fitzmaurice StreetA comfortable café with a cosy atmosphere.
phone: +61 2 6921 3340address: 10 Blake StreetA small, intimate café that serves quality food and coffee. Free wifi and friendly staff.
Riverina Producers' Marketaddress: Wagga Wagga Showground, Bourke StreetA range of local produce is on offer, including flowers, cheese, meat and even pistachios
Sprout and About Marketsaddress: Burns WayA range of local produce is on offer, including flowers, cheese, meat and even pistachios
Markets by the Lakeaddress: Apex Park, Lake AlbertStalls selling fresh produce, arts and crafts, hand made gifts, clothes, plants, bric-a-brac and more.
address: 87 Baylis StA major shopping centre. Contains a supermarket, a discount department store, a post office, a food court, and over 60 specialty stores.
phone: +61 2 6922 6370address: 88 Fay Avenuelocated in the eastern suburb of Kooringal
Que Bar and Nightclubphone: +61 2 5925 5305address: 109 Baylis Street
phone: +61 2 6921 2222address: 188 Fitzmaurice StreetWednesday night trivia sessions. Popular with local agricultural students.
phone: +61 2 6921 5233address: 55 Baylis StreetWednesday night trivia sessions. Popular with local agricultural students.
phone: +61 2 6922 1221address: Oura RoadOffers cellar door sales and a fully licensed restaurant set amongst 17 acres of established grape vines near the Murrumbidgee River.
phone: +61 2 6922 7269address: 3691 Sturt HwyHas stables, kennels and yards available. Small pool. Restaurant and room service dinners available by prior arrangement.
phone: +61 2 6923 4100address: 82 Tarcutta StOffers both standard rooms and serviced apartments, located in the CBD. Restaurant on site. Free Wifi.
phone: +61 2 6971 7007address: Corner of Sturt Hwy and Lake Albert RdModern hotel conveniently located on the Sturt Highway, close to the CBD.
phone: +61 2 6921 6411address: 22 Kincaid StreetUnique 35 metre high canopy roof makes this building a local landmark. Modern rooms and conveniently located in the city centre.
phone: +61 2 6921 6444address: 1 Morgan StreetHotel in the centre of Wagga Wagga, with comfortable rooms at reasonable prices, a Swimming pool and a fitness centre.
phone: +61 2 6921 4337address: 70 Morgan StreetUpmarket, modern hotel located in the heart of the shopping district. Swimming pool and gym. Restaurant and bar onsite.
If you are driving, Wagga Wagga is at a crossroads. Head west on the Sturt Highway (Route A20) for a long drive to Adelaide (approx. 11hr drive), east on the Sturt Highway (Route A20) and then the Hume Highway (Route A31) to Canberra (3hrs) and Sydney (5hrs) or south on the Olympic Highway (Route A41) and then the Hume Highway (Route A31) to Melbourne (5hrs).